Joss Whedon Thinks the Ending of ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ Is Terrible

The ‘The Avengers’ director reveals that George Lucas committed a cardinal sin by not ending the sequel properly.

Joss Whedon disses Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back ending
Joss Whedon disses Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back ending
Filmmaker Joss Whedon has more than enough on his plate at the moment, as he gears up to start shooting The Avengers: Age of Ultron soon, and he has the new ABC series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. debuting next month.

Regardless, the director took time out of his schedule to reveal that he isn't a fan of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back's ending, where Luke Skywalker is revealed to be the son of Darth Vader, and Han Solo is frozen in carbonite.

"Empire committed the cardinal sin of not actually ending. Which at the time I was appalled by and I still think it was a terrible idea. Well, it's not an ending. It's a Come Back Next Week, or in three years. And that upsets me. I go to movies expecting to have a whole experience. If I want a movie that doesn't end I'll go to a French movie. That's a betrayal of trust to me. A movie has to be complete within itself, it can't just build off the first one or play variations."

The filmmaker did reveal that he thinks Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back is one of the few sequels that were done right, along with The Godfather: Part II, despite his issues with the ending.

He was also asked about his thoughts on The Twilight Saga, since he wrote the script for the 1992 movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer and created the 1997 Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series.

"A small part of you is like: 'Well, you know, I did that first. I liked that band before they were popular.' The thing about Buffy for me is - on a show-by-show basis - are there female characters who are being empowered, who are driving the narrative? The Twilight thing and a lot of these franchise attempts coming out, everything rests on what this girl will do, but she's completely passive, or not really knowing what the hell is going on. And that's incredibly frustrating to me because a lot of what's taking on the oeuvre of Buffy, is actually a reaction against it. Everything is there - except for the Buffy. A lot of things aimed at the younger kids is just Choosing Boyfriends: The Movie."

What do you think about the director's comments? Do you agree about the ending of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back? Do you want to see Choosing Boyfriends: The Movie? Let us know!

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back was released May 21st, 1980 and stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker. The film is directed by Irvin Kershner.

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Comments (26)

  1. Titanictom

    SUCK IT.......Whedon!!!!!! Buffy's Finale wasn't #1 With a Bullet!!!!!

    2 years agoby @titanictomFlag

  2. Sebastian Eklund

    Don't agree with his logic at all. Just because it doesn't conform to the archtypal Hollywood structure doesn't make it a lesser story. True, it's totally building up to Ep6 but it always was. And leaving the audience in a lurch wanting more is classic pageturner style storytelling.

    2 years agoby @Sebastian-EklundFlag

  3. Ian Henderson

    I Dont Completely agree with What he's Saying, Especially since George Lucas planned for the Story to Continue but I Dont feel what he Said was Out of line and Sort of Agree. Getting Bent out of Shape and Saying Negative things about him is Basically Saying Worse Things that he Did! I Really like Joss as a Director too! And Support him Giving his Honest opinon even if it Wasnt the Most Popular One! :D

    2 years agoby @Ian-HendersonFlag

  4. Nicholaus XX

    Terrible logic by a mediocre director. Get over yourself, Joss.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  5. Lastwerdz

    says the guys behind that crappy vampire show,come on,this is blasphemy

    2 years agoby @lastwerdzFlag

  6. saki123

    No,Whedon committed the cardinal sin,by dissing on a masterpiece,"hey joss,least lucas still has all his hair,chromedome"

    2 years agoby @saki123Flag

  7. Fry_3000

    @saki123 exactly my thoughts :)

    2 years agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  8. Devastattor

    Joss cred, -1000 pts.

    2 years agoby @DevastattorFlag

  9. Mahonski

    Whedon's an arse. Slating the finest Star Wars movie ever made. I want to tear his eye out.

    2 years agoby @MahonskiFlag

  10. thedude-abides

    So, basically he can't stand the first two LOTR movies :P

    I disagree with his reasoning here

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  11. ollie-styrene

    This is sacrilegious,.. Empire has perhaps the most epic and touching endings in movie history,.. Joss needs to rethink his whole consept of how to end amovie,.. i did not expect this from him, a fan of the saga,.. i think he has a few things to learn from Irvin`s storytelling/directing.. he is down a few notches on my respectometer now for sure..

    2 years agoby @ollie-styreneFlag

  12. saki123

    And this is coming from a guy who's tv show firefly was cancelled after one season,and he's trying to school Lucas on filming?

    2 years agoby @saki123Flag


    To a certain extent I kind of see what he's talking about.

    2 years agoby @Number1WolverineFlag

  14. Fry_3000

    F*ck off joss

    2 years agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  15. Oxxford699

    I agree Joss shut up...just seems like he needs hid name on the paper more by making stupid comments....but i love his work!!

    2 years agoby @oxxford699Flag

  16. skywise

    That was funny

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  17. Newtron

    Joss Whedon Strikes Back. Disagree with the first, agree with the second.

    2 years agoby @newtronFlag

  18. CoreyB

    I love ya joss but shutup

    2 years agoby @CoreyBFlag

  19. WongFu

    someone else directed that film, and I think George wrote it. Terrible writer.
    Lets see if Joss can do any better 'That's right, I'm challenging him'.
    Take on one of the one shots.

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  20. Mr.K

    Choosing Boyfriends: The Movie..... My lungs are dying with laughter.

    2 years agoby @mr-kFlag

  21. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    His comments aside, the Boyfriend title got to me XD

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  22. Ghostman

    In a way, yes, Empire was an "incomplete" movie that was left open ended, but it would have been nice to see it conclude some parts of the story.

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  23. David

    "Choosing Boyfriends: The Movie", made this entire article for me.

    2 years agoby @davidmFlag

  24. Nick C.

    A lot of trilogys have down the same with their first sequel, left it open for a 3rd, left questions unanswered. Empire did for me what a lot of sequels havnt done: thrown some wrenches into the works and basically left us with a big f*ck you! Darth Vader revealing that was a huge WHAAAT?! And Han Solo being frozen left the audience wondering how Luke and Leia were going to get him out of that mess.

    Anyways, lol at Choosing Boyfriends: The Movie

    2 years agoby @knightmare90Flag

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