Written by Mr. Mouseburger 15th Nov 2006
Han has just struck a deal with Obi-Wan Kenobi (q.v.) and Luke to take them to the Rebel base on a planet called Alderan. He met the pair of them in the cantina as Mos Eisley, which seems to be a haven for a cornucopia of aliens, whose prosthetic appearances stretch believability to the extreme (my particular favourite has to be the wolfman who looks like he escaped from the lot of a rather unconvincing horror movie!).
Mos Eisley cantina serves a menagerie of weirdos, not unlike most British clubs
Anyway, Han is rightly relieved about taking these passengers, as it means he can now pay off a debt he owes to the local gastropod, Jabba the Hutt; the resident gangster on Tattooine.
As Han prepares to leave the cantina to tell Jabba the good news, he is stopped at gunpoint by Greedo, a bounty hunter who has been hired by Jabba to bring Han before him. It appears he has grown tired of waiting for Han to repay him, and so has sent out bounty hunters to reclaim the money, or his corpse.
Greedo makes Han sit back down at the table where he was seated, and we see a camera shot under the table where Han is slowly unclipping the holster of his blaster.
with fingers like that, it is no wonder Greedo is a crap shot
Han tries at first to negotiate with Greedo, saying that he has the money to pay Jabba now, but when pressed he has to admit he does not have the money at the moment. At which point Greedo tires of the banter and decides to execute Solo in cold blood. However, his aim is woefully poor and he manages, from no more than three feet away, to miss Solo who, quick as a flash, returns fire from under the table, and blasts Greedo's guts out. Needless to say, this kills Greedo instantly, and his smouldering corpse slumps with a resounding thud onto the cantina table.
Conclusive proof that Greedo shot first, quashing all the conspiracy theories that he never fired a shot
Murder is commonplace in this bar, and so after a moments staring, the patrons soon all return to their drinks, minding their own business. Han casually gets up at this point, walks out and throws a coin at the barkeep saying “sorry about the mess”
Han pays for the bar's upholstery to be cleaned