After decades of speculation and theories, a Star Wars comic has finally revealed Darth Vader’s reasoning for keeping Chewbacca alive in a famous scene from The Empire Strikes Back. In the scene, Han Solo is being frozen in a carbonite chamber in Cloud City.
During this process, Chewbacca roars in protest and Boba Fett raises his gun with the intention of killing the weeping Wookie. However, before Boba Fett can complete the job, Darth Vader raises his arm to stop the bounty hunter from killing Chewbacca. It would have made sense for Boba Fett to kill the Rebel Wookie, but Darth Vader stopped him, which has always been an odd choice for the film. Fortunately, we now have answers as to why he did it.
In the Star Wars: Darth Vader # 12 comic, he details the same scene from Darth Vader’s perspective. As Boba Fett raises the gun, Vader stops him thinking, “Well … keep believing it … Believe that your friends have survived this long on might or fortune … instead. of my purpose. ” In saying this, Darth Vader reveals that he didn’t spare the Wookie out of kindness of heart or some hidden weakness. On the contrary, his intention was much more sinister as he wanted the rebels to think that their survival was their own action as opposed to his own. He wanted the rebels to underestimate him.
This scene has long been a subject of controversy and debate among Star Wars fans. It was easy to believe that Darth Vader had good intentions or a simple code of honor for the Sith, but his plans were much more strategic. Instead, Darth Vader wanted to keep Chewbacca alive because he wanted the rebels to collectively suffer even more. He wanted them to be weak. The comic confirms how Darth Vader has always been a masterful strategist, and it’s incredibly cool to see the comic book series explore this side of classic stories.
the Star wars the comics have attempted retcons and similar explanations in the past, but most of them are hard to pull off or just plain silly. There have been many moments in the comic book series, including the Darth Vader series, that have tried to explain certain scenes or moments by providing additional context. A lot of times it feels like the comic is just trying to cover up a plot hole with a ridiculous response. This one, however, certainly looks like a fluid explanation of a seemingly insignificant scene. It fits perfectly with Vader’s character and the original film itself, and it’s always refreshing to see the comics stay true to the source material.
The most interesting part of the whole scene is how Darth Vader was actually the one to underestimate. His intention was for the rebels to believe they escaped of their own accord, leading them to underestimate Darth Vader in the future. However, because he kept Chewbacca alive, Darth Vader inadvertently caused the downfall of the Empire himself. Chewbacca would continue to take revenge and ultimately help save Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt – and the Wookie would then aid in the destruction of the Second Death Star. Darth Vader’s pride and vanity have helped the rebels every moment, and this comic only cements it.
Topics: Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader, Boba Fett