At the end of Solo: A Star Wars Story, we see

Qi'ra calls up Crimson Dawn, which turns out to be an alias for Darth Maul and/or his organization. She proceeds to inform him of the events that transpired, albeit leaving out some details like letting Han/Chewie go with the Coaxium, instead just stating it was gone. Maul then tells her to come to join him, of which she obliges.

My understanding of the scene was that she did it to

protect Han so they wouldn't be hunted down together by Crimson Dawn.

But others I watched it with seemed to take it as betrayal, showing that she couldn't be trusted.

Do we know what her allegiances were in the end, and why she made the decision she did?

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    I thought the same thing you did. She lied to protect Han and Chewie, although her real motivations would fall under "future works" in case there's a sequel, or it's followed up in the Obi-Wan or Boba Fett movies. The cast was signed for 3 movies, after all... – tilley31 May 28 '18 at 21:13
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    Or, acquiring a powerful ally rather than a powerful enemy seemed a good bargain. Anyhow, it's all speculation. – DaG May 30 '18 at 17:21

Qi'ra said that Han had no idea about what she had done for Crimson Dawn which even Dryden Vos pretty much said the same thing about what she had done. Apparently the things she had done made it hard to be with a good guy like Han. If we go by what Nest said there's a pretty good chance that Qi'ra was part of the assault on the people where they dropped off the coaxium. We don't know what she had done but I'd say she went as far as taking innocent lives for Crimson Dawn.


Qi'ra lied to Maul because of these reasons:

  • Protect herself. She had no need to protect Han and Chewie because Maul didn't even know about them. Qi'ra had killed Dryden Vos (power hunger or greater cause). So, she had to lie to protect herself.

  • Punish Beckett. Beckett had earlier betrayed her and Han. So, she put the blame of Dryden Vos' death on Beckett so that Maul could chase him down in case Han failed to do so.

  • Help the rebellion/ marauders. She was on Han's plan to donate the Coaxium for a greater cause and she remained loyal to it until the end. That's why she didn't inform Maul about Coaxium's correct status. She didn't betray Han at all and she was also a good girl who wanted to make the Galaxy a better place.

As for her alliance with Maul and why she contacted Maul in the first place (and not run away with Han), it's complex. I can think of two things:

  • Power hunger. The way her eyes flashed on Maul's red lightsaber might suggest that she was power hungry. She definitely loved Han (movies tried to proved it lots of times including the end when she leaves Han), but she couldn't follow her romantic dream because of her dark past she experienced after she got separated from Han. There's a great possibility that she had an affair with Maul.

  • Greater Cause. After spending almost all of her life as a scum and seeing a new hope (marauders), she decided to work from within to eliminate big Crime Syndicates. She sacrificed her romantic dream for a greater cause.

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    There's a great possibility that she had an affair with Maul.??? How is this a great possibility? What evidence anywhere in the film suggests this? – Edlothiad Jun 1 '18 at 5:39
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    I'm downvoting because there's a lot of speculation here. – Adamant Jun 1 '18 at 8:09
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    We'll work closely from now on means they had an affair? Can you explain how..? Furthermore, a question that invites speculation should be closed as POB not answered with speculation. – Edlothiad Jun 1 '18 at 8:23
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    this seems one of the possibilities. I think only you could see this as one of the possibilities. This seems like another one of your ridiculous thoughts where everything must be sexualised. – Edlothiad Jun 1 '18 at 8:31
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    Any number of other things. Killing innocent children for one. Slaughtering a village. Stealing from the people of the slums. There's 3 completely unrelated. Please keep your sexual fantasies to yourself. – Edlothiad Jun 1 '18 at 18:03

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