4. Lando Sells Out Han, Leia and Chewie
Film: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
The Moment: Lando leads Han, Leia and Chewie on a tour of his mining colony on Bespin, taking great pride in the fact that he’s been able to stay out of the crosshairs of the empire. Lando reveals that he has actually just made a deal that will keep the empire out of Cloud City forever — the deal being selling out Han and his friends to Darth Vader.
Why It’s Memorable: There’s so much to love about The Empire Strikes Back, as it’s just body blow after body blow of unfortunate events for our heroes. After they could do no wrong in A New Hope, things just couldn’t stop going wrong in this film, all culminating in the capture of Han b the empire.
It was also the first in a series of WTF moments peppered throughout the conclusion of Empire. But above all, this confirmed that the world of smugglers was anything but admirable, as Lando sold out his old friend at the drop of a hat. There was something shady about Lando when we met him, but despite our inclinations we decided to trust him — which was a mistake. Lando redeems himself but this was a sign that no one in the galaxy can be eighty trusted.
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