In Star Wars - Episode IV: A New Hope, Han takes his reward for saving Leia and leaves Yavin before the Rebel Alliance sets out to destroy the Death Star. At the last moment, when Luke is on his attack run and Vader is about to shoot his X-Wing down, the Millennium Falcon appears and gets the TIEs off Luke's tail.

Whose initial idea was it to go back and help the rebels - Han, or Chewbacca?

Note: This question was inspired by the new canonical novelization of the movie, titled Star Wars- New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy, in which Chewbacca clearly wants to join the rebellion, but is overruled by Han.

And after the deed is done, we read:

Han shrugged. “Well, I wasn’t gonna let you have all the credit!”

Chewbacca growled behind Han, giving the captain a little shake.

“All right, all right, and because we wanted to make sure you got out of this mess in one piece!” Han said.

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    The implication is that they had an argument over it and eventually Han decided to do the right thing by Luke – Valorum Jan 25 '16 at 8:12
  • @Richard - Which suggests that Chewbacca was on the side of helping Luke, and Han was initially on the "Hell no" side? – Wad Cheber stands with Monica Jan 25 '16 at 8:15
  • @Richard - By the way, I miss you in chat. :( – Wad Cheber stands with Monica Jan 25 '16 at 8:16
  • I got the very strong impression that Han wanted Chewie to convince him. – Valorum Jan 25 '16 at 10:12
  • Ultimately in my opinion I think Han just wanted the credit to himself. – user59990 Jan 26 '16 at 7:00

Although there is no canon answer, based on what we know about Chewbacca and Han, it must have been Chewbacca who thought of and then pressed Han into helping.

Han truly is a scoundrel and talks his way out of situations and will run long before facing any threat given his own devices.

Chewbacca is honorable, not afraid of a fight and is an all around champion in the classic sense of the word.

Chewbacca is Han's closest and best friend and sometimes even his external conscious and so I think we are forced to accept Chewbacca as the progenitor of the idea. That's their character and for it to be otherwise would break both of their character molds.

  • +1. This lines up with my own feelings - Chewbacca and R2-D2 are my favorite characters in the series - but i wish there was either a canon or legends source to prove it. – Wad Cheber stands with Monica Jan 26 '16 at 14:54

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