Empire: The Lost Scene

Rumors have circulated for years about a never-before-seen version of the climactic scene in Star Wars – Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back that is radically different from the film version and hints strongly at Lord Vader’s future redemption in The Return of the Jedi. Now, I present to you that rumored-yet-very-real script . . .
 
 
 
INT. – NIGHT – THE DEATH STAR

(LUKE and VADER fight. They end up with LUKE’S back against a deep chute. They lower their weapons.)

VADER
Obi-wan never told you what happened to your father.

LUKE
He told me enough. He told me you killed him.

VADER
No. I am your father.

LUKE
What? That doesn’t sound right.

VADER
Search your heart. You know this–

LUKE
My father didn’t have a deep voice. I don’t remember a lot about him but I do remember that. He didn’t sound at all like you.

VADER
My voice isn’t that deep.

LUKE
You’re all bass and no treble.

VADER
That’s not true. Why would you say that?

LUKE
And my father wasn’t a robot.

VADER
I’m not a robot. I’m a cyborg.

LUKE
What’s the difference?

VADER
Part of me is human.

LUKE
Which part of you is human?

VADER
A lot of me is. Um– It’s all just hidden. Really.

LUKE
Sure.

VADER
It is. I swear. I have a face under this mask. With two eyes. A mouth. I don’t remember if I have eyebrows or not. But I’m pretty normal.

LUKE
My father definitely had eyebrows.

VADER
Well, c’mon. I never said I was a supermodel. What do you want?

LUKE
I want the truth.

VADER
Fine. I’m not your father. Happy?

LUKE
Yes.

(VADER walks over to the corner of the room and sulks.)

VADER
Whatever.

LUKE
Why are you getting pissy with me? You’re the one who tried to kill me.

VADER
All I wanted was someone to hang out with.

LUKE
Is that why you told me you were my father?

VADER
I didn’t think you’d come here otherwise.

LUKE
When I came here I didn’t think we were related at all.

VADER
Well, there you go. No harm, no foul.

LUKE
I repeat: you tried to kill me.

VADER
See! That’s something we have in common. We both like to hit people with these glow-y sword thingies.

LUKE
That is true.

VADER
Plus we both know Yoda. So there’s that.

LUKE
Yeah but–

VADER
And I think Yoda would want you to make new friends.

LUKE
Well…

VADER
What? Did he say something about me. Yoda lies sometimes.

LUKE
It’s nothing.

VADER
Did he tell you about the camping trip and the Bantha? Because he leaves things out that make me look bad.

LUKE
No. Wait–. What? You…

(There is a knock at the door.)

VADER
Omigod! You gotta go. Quick! Fall down the chute.

LUKE
What? I’m not going down there. It’s like a million miles.

VADER
No, it’s alright. It’s like a big slide. And your friends are down there to pick you up. But you gotta go. If the emperor sees you here, he’ll get real mad.

(There is an even louder knock at the door.)

EMPEROR (off)
Vader!

(LUKE jumps in the chute and falls out of frame.)

VADER
Come on in.

(The EMPEROR enters.)

EMPEROR
What was going on in here just now?

VADER
Nothing, sir. I was hitting the books hard is all. Gotta study if I want to be a Jedi like you someday.

EMPEROR
You’re already a Jedi, Vader. You remember? We had a party for you and had your eyebrows shaved off.

VADER
Oh yeah. Now I remember. But I mean a Super Jedi. With electricity hands and stuff.

EMPEROR
I’m glad to hear it. But for now come along with me to dinner. The Empress has made meatloaf.

VADER
Oh good. That’s my favorite.

EMPEROR
I know, my dark one. I know.

(END OF SCENE)

10 Comments

      1. haha and sometimes perhaps revealing the ones that may have already been there, in invisible ink, just begging to see the light of day?! lol. In which case, you are very perceptive, and thank you for your work πŸ˜€

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