Han Shoots First
The most controversial change in the Star Wars Special Edition was Han shooting Greedo. In the original version, Han shot first. This showed Han’s ruthlessness and will to survive. When he leaves to flee the Death Star, Han’s callousness makes the audience believe his departure is final.
Greedo shoots first in the Special Edition. This turned Han’s ruthlessness into reasonable self-defense and changed his character. Solo tries to remedy this by having Han shoot his mentor Tobias Beckett. Beckett showed his quick-draw skills earlier in Solo. Therefore, Han shooting first reinforces his dedication to a life of crime and will to survive.