When the Resistance T-Wing bombers flew in to take out the First Order Dreadnought in the opening moments of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, there was an Easter egg so hidden that it may not have even shown up on screen. Turns out, the Resistance wrote taunting messages to the First Order on their bombs. And some of those were meant as revenge for Han Solo’s death.
On Tuesday, several fans noticed that the official book, Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary, contained close-ups of the various “magna bombs” used by the Resistance which sported handwritten messages from the pilots themselves. And, upon closer inspection, once translated from Aurebesh (the Star Wars alphabet), one of these bombs contained the handwritten message: “Han Says Hi.”
Other than the presence of the Falcon and a few lines of dialogue here and there, The Last Jedi didn’t contain a ton of reminiscences on the loss of Han Solo in the previous film. Presumably, even though Han wasn’t an active member of the military himself, Leia’s soldiers probably still regarded him with reverence because of his status with the Rebellion. In The Force Awakens, Finn even called Han “a war hero.”
Did people like Rose and Paige know the specifics of Han Solo’s death at Starkiller Base? How much time did they have to scrawl these messages on the bombs in between The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi? As long as there are still Star Wars movies, then there’s still a chance that even the smallest details — including the act of writing Han Solo-themed revenge messages — could be chronicled in some future cartoon, novel, comic book, or movie. Who knows, maybe in 20 years there will be a standalone movie just about Paige and Rose before they joined the Resistance.
We’ll also have to wait to see if any of these customized bombs made it into the final cut of the movie. In terms of freeze-frame, Blu-ray action, the bomber scenes are the first places many fans will now linger on.
The Last Jedi is in wide release now.