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Is it possible that George Lucas's original intent when creating Star Wars (Ep. IV A New Hope) was that Greedo was of a race that can regenerate fairly quickly?  Is it possible that Han-shot-first because he knew it wouldn't kill Greedo, only stun him?

I'm asking because of this shot (appearing at 51:40 in Harmy's Despecialized Edition; so should match timing in VHS/LaserDisc versions):

Greedo-lookalike after getting shot; 51:40 in Star Wars (Harmy's Despecialized Edition)

This occurs 1 minute 38 seconds after Han shoots Greedo (film-time); given the events that occur, I'd estimate that 30-60 minutes have passed since Han shooting and the “Greedo-lookalike” roaming around the corridors of Mos Eisley.  Is it possible that Greedo was just knocked-out while his mid-body organs (and clothes, apparently) regenerated?  Or is it more feasible that others of Greedo's race (Rodian) were present in Mos Eisley, and wearing the same outfit?!

The later-Rodian looks to be wearing almost the same outfit as Greedo (though it might be a brown course-cotton vest with a pocket instead of the more silkly vest Greedo's seen wearing).

For comparison, 49:57 in the same version:

Greedo-lookalike before getting shot; 49:57 in Star Wars (Harmy's Despecialized Edition)

“It could've been a filming/editing continuity error” is not an acceptable answer because… no kidding.  George slipped many other sublte details into ANH though, so I'm looking for something more real.

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    I don't understand why this is being downvoted - it's an interesting question about something I've never noticed in one of the most influential and popular films of all time. – Dr R Dizzle Dec 30 '15 at 10:16
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    @DrRDizzle It was probably downvoted for digging up Han's dead horse. Me, I was almost tempted to not upvote for that reason. Anyway, the novelization has Jabba say Greedo was "fried". – Mr Lister Dec 30 '15 at 10:22
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    @MrLister The reason for the question may be a little off-putting, but the question itself is effectively "Did Greedo survive his encounter with Han, here is some evidence that he might have, and if he did, how?". I think that's an interesting question. – Dr R Dizzle Dec 30 '15 at 10:28
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    I think the major problem with this question is the framing. It would have been far better to go with something like "If greedo got shot in the bar, then who the heck is this guy?" – Valorum Dec 30 '15 at 10:33
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    Like @Richard says, it's the framing definitely. "Did Greedo survive the encounter with Han" is a far better wording. "Does he have regenerative powers / can he regrow his organs?" is plain silly! Why did you lock in this line of thought? Maybe he was a robot. Maybe he was an hologram. Maybe Han was having a drug-induced dream. All equally plausible explanations. – Andres F. Dec 30 '15 at 12:13
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Many Bothans have died to bring me the information that this Rodian is called Thuku

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For the record, Jabba has at least half a dozen Rodians in his employ, all of whom seem to dress similarly, but not identically.

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    +1 For the many-Rodians bit. I assume those aren't SE-only, just from that deleted scene. – Slipp D. Thompson Dec 30 '15 at 10:45
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    @SlippD.Thompson - That scene doesn't appear in the original edit (at all) so yes, obviously this is from a later version. They do appear in the original cut of that scene though, if that's what you're asking. – Valorum Dec 30 '15 at 10:47
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    It was filmed in ~1976. AFAIK, only CG Jabba was added in the 90s. Sorry, that's what I meant. Filmed-in-70s-deleted vs. CG-created-in-90s, the former preferred. – Slipp D. Thompson Dec 30 '15 at 10:48
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    -1 for killing bothans. What are you, Ishori ? – DVK-on-Ahch-To Dec 30 '15 at 15:01
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    Rodians are apparently the clone army of the Hutt clan. – BBlake Dec 30 '15 at 18:16
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The guy on the background of the first picture does not necessarily need to be Greedo.

He is of course of the same race and wearing a similar outfit, but have a look at these guys:

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or even these:

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They all look the same (at least, I suppose that from the point of view of a Rodian, all Humans should look the same), and they all are dressed, more or less, in the same way.


Probably the simplest explanation is that the brown/green suit is some sort of uniform and the green alien in the background is not Greedo but another Rodian.

  • True, but that first image is from a public area in a city that has a wide variety of creatures from a wide variety of places— not a military base, which you've pictured. Your point is valid and covered by @Valorum's answer, but I don't find the validation of your point to be substantial. On earth in real life, when was the last time you visited a public plaza and saw multiple civilians who looked roughly the same wearing the same outfit (excluding special events)? Valorum's answer provides the proof that these were private soldiers in service of Jabba. – Slipp D. Thompson Oct 28 '18 at 23:48

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