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Darth Vader’s Elaborate Surprise Cloud City Dinner Table Plan

Star Wars fans love to pick apart every scene- and for some movies, they've had 40 years to do it. The Empire Strikes Back is still by consensus the best Star Wars film, but one scene has bothered Mike Ryan for years. When Leia, Han, and Chewbacca arrive at Cloud City, they have a nice reunion with Lando Calrission, take time to shower and change, and then they proceed to a banquet room for "a little refreshment." Darth Vader, who'd been there since before our heroes landed, is waiting to arrest them. So why arrange a dinner? No one got to eat anything. Was there food? Was Vader behind that plan? Ryan imagines a deleted scene that explains all that.

Lando: “Do you want us to set the table? With plates and everything?”

Vader: “Yes.”

Fett: “Are we actually going to eat?”

Vader: “No.”

Fett: “So what happens then?’

Vader: “I guess we just capture them.”

Lando: “I swear you could just do all that right now without this choreographed dinner table plan.”

Vader: [Force chokes Lando]

Lando: “Gaaaa … okay, the dinner table plan is a good plan.”

There's more to it, including Vader's rehearsed bon mots to add drama to the scene, at Uproxx.

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It would have been an interesting meal - what with Vader and Chewie. But Han had to go all apecrap with guns blazing and now we'll never know. . .
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I mean, I imagined Vader actually sat down and they all are silently and awkwardly while Darth was just slurping on a fat feeding tube through his mask.I also like to think that's where Han and everyone got to meet Boba Fett for the first time.
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