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

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.

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  • titanictom • 2 years ago

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

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    • Sebastian-Eklund • 2 years ago

      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.

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      • bawnian-dexeus • 2 years ago

        @thedude-abides Thank you!

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        • Ian-Henderson • 2 years ago

          Then*

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          • Ian-Henderson • 2 years ago

            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

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            • XxNickTheFilmCriticXx • 2 years ago

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

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              • lastwerdz • 2 years ago

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

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                • saki123 • 2 years ago

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

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                  • Fry-3000 • 2 years ago

                    @saki123 exactly my thoughts :)

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                    • Devastattor • 2 years ago

                      Joss cred, -1000 pts.

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                      • Mahonski • 2 years ago

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

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                        • thedude-abides • 2 years ago

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

                          I disagree with his reasoning here

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                          • ollie-styrene • 2 years ago

                            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..

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                            • saki123 • 2 years ago

                              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?

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                              • Number1Wolverine • 2 years ago

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

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                                • Fry-3000 • 2 years ago

                                  F*ck off joss

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                                  • oxxford699 • 2 years ago

                                    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!!

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                                    • skywise • 2 years ago

                                      That was funny

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                                      • newtron • 2 years ago

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

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                                        • CoreyB • 2 years ago

                                          I love ya joss but shutup

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