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Mark Hamill explains the changes to the final episode of The Empire Strikes Back

Mark Hamill explains the changes to the final episode of The Empire Strikes Back

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March 9, 2022, 13:31


Remember the fifth Star Wars finale? Turns out it could have looked completely different. An unforgettable scene was added at the last minute, as Mark Hamill shared in a recent Twitter post.




The final scene with The Empire Strikes Back, where Luke, Leia, R2-D2, and C3PO look through the glass of a starship into the galaxy. He was almost not in the final version of the movie.

According to Mark Hamill himself, the scene was created quite late in the production process. All because the creators were worried about the negative tone of the ending. I wrote about it recently on Twitter:

Recorded four months after the completion of principal photography at #ESB (Empire State Building – author’s note), this was not a reshoot, it was additionally taped. Concerned by the pessimistic ending and the failure of the protagonists, the creators wanted to add a moment of hope to reassure the audience.

The film’s ending isn’t actually the happiest – Luke loses his hand, learns that Darth Vader is his father, and Han Solo is frozen in carbonite.

This isn’t the only time the movie was about to change. As mentioned Star Wars official websiteAnd the George Lucas wanted to introduce corrections shortly after the premiere in America. I realize that the ending was not clear because the viewer did not know exactly where Luke and Leah fled.


Scenes were added a few weeks before the world premiere to show the characters are on a separate medical ship, not on the Millennium Falcon.

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