If you ever wondered why Greedo had it in for Han Solo, the new Star Wars anthology From a Certain Point of View finally has the answer.
Let's just say it has to do with a certain love triangle.
The tome compiles short stories by bestselling authors and noted artists reimagining key moments in A New Hope through supporting characters' eyes. Among the contributors for instance are Gary Whitta, the Book of Eli screenwriter who helped come up with the story for Rogue One and penned a tale about Captain Antilles; Meg Cabot, who offers up an intimate portrait about Aunt Beru; and Star Trek: TNG alum Will Wheaton who jumps franchises to spin a yarn about the rebels left behind on Yavin.
But the most revealing backstory — at least as it pertains to one of the seminal events in Star Wars lore — concerns the beef a hapless alien bounty hunter has with the brash smuggler with the million-credit smile in the famous Mos Eisley cantina scene.
The death of Greedo, of course, is one of the most controversial retcons in all of cinema, centering on the great debate over who shot first: Han, as traditionalists who stand by the original theatrical release have it; or Greedo, if you endorse the revisionism Star Wars mastermind George Lucas accorded the 1997 re-release when he digitally altered the shootout to make the latter the obvious instigator, and in turn, the bad guy.
But getting to the why of this clash is the aim of The Wrath and the Dawn author Renée Ahdieh, who, in her story The Luckless Rodian, explains that Greedo considered Solo a pile of bantha fodder because he stole his girl!
"He would never understand what Uncelta had found so appealing in Solo all those years ago," writes Ahdieh. "The smuggler had always been a worthless excuse for a man, while Uncelta had been everything Greedo had cherished in a woman."
The resentful Rodian, of course, enters the spaceport's dusty bar to collect the lavish bounty his boss Jabba the Hutt has placed on Han's head.
And in her telling, as Greedo contemplates this fateful opportunity, Ahdieh fills us in on his emotional state. He's the jilted lover who would have "loved her as she deserved to be loved." He's obsessing over what a "fool" Uncelta was for rejecting his advances in favor of a dalliance with "that Corellian scumbag" (perhaps she was put off by the pointy ears?).
Alas, what's poor Greedo to do?
The author subsequently goes on to relate the events at the cantina through Greedo's point of view: like watching a run-in a "foolish boy," (Luke Skywalker) has with Ponda Baba (better known to the Kenner faithful by his nom de guerre, Walrus Man) and the quick work a "saber-wielding old man" (Obi-Wan Kenobi) makes of the latter.
It's not known whether Ron Howard's upcoming Star Wars standalone film starring Alden Erenreich as the young Han Solo will dramatize any of this or put forward a different backstory for the showdown.
Fans who want to feel the full force of Greedo's broken heart will just have to buy the book. From a Certain Point of View, featuring 40 short stories in all, is now available as an e-book, unabridged audiobook and hard cover both online and in retail stores.