Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) Poster

Ian McDiarmid: The Emperor



  • Luke : Never. I'll never turn to the Dark Side. You've failed, your highness. I am a Jedi, like my father before me.

    The Emperor : [angry]  So be it... Jedi!

  • Luke : Soon I'll be dead, and you with me.

    The Emperor : [laughing]  Perhaps you refer to the imminent attack of your rebel fleet? Yes, I assure you, we are quite safe from your friends here.

    Luke : Your overconfidence is your weakness.

    The Emperor : Your faith in your friends is yours!

  • The Emperor : Come, boy, see for yourself. From here, you will witness the final destruction of the Alliance and the end of your insignificant rebellion.

    [Luke's eyes go to his lightsabre] 

    The Emperor : You want this, don't you? The hate is swelling in you now. Take your Jedi weapon. Use it. I am unarmed. Strike me down with it. Give in to your anger. With each passing moment you make yourself more my servant.

    Luke : No.

    The Emperor : It is unavoidable. It is your destiny. You, like your father, are now *mine*.

  • The Emperor : If you will not be turned, you will be destroyed!

    [shoots Luke with Force lightning] 

    The Emperor : Young fool... Only now, at the end, do you understand...

    [the Emperor shoots at Luke with more Force lighting] 

    The Emperor : Your feeble skills are no match for the power of the Dark Side.

    [shoots Luke with another burst of Force lighting] 

    The Emperor : Now, you will pay the price for your lack of vision!

    [shoots more Force lighting] 

  • The Emperor : [In the throne room, Luke is watching the Imperial fleet attack the Rebels from the huge throne room window]  As you can see, my young apprentice, your friends have failed. Now witness the firepower of this fully ARMED and OPERATIONAL battle station!

    [the Emperor hits the comlink switch on his throne] 

    The Emperor : Fire at will, Commander!

    Moff Jerjerrod : [In the Death Star's firing room, a group of hooded Imperial gunners starts priming the Death Star's superlaser - a device so advanced it can be trained on capital ships, such as the Rebel aircraft carriers. A series of tones signify that the weapon is ready]  Fire!

    [a second gunner hits a switch, and a huge laser beam roars down a firing shaft. The outer surface of the Death Star shows a huge laser dish start to develop, and then a titanic laser beam moves out from the Death Star's superlaser. It hits the Rebel Calamari Cruiser 'Liberty' and vaporizes the huge carrier in less than a second] 

  • Darth Vader : A small rebel force has penetrated the shield and landed on Endor.

    The Emperor : Yes, I know.

    Darth Vader : My son is with them.

    The Emperor : Are you sure?

    Darth Vader : I have *felt* him, my master.

    The Emperor : Strange that I have not. I wonder if your feelings on this matter are clear, Lord Vader.

    Darth Vader : They are clear, my master.

  • The Emperor : And now, young Skywalker... you will die.

  • [Aboard the Death Star, The Emperor's shuttle is greeted by hundreds of Imperial troops and officers. As the last of six red-robed Royal Guards exit the shuttle, both Darth Vader and Moff Jerjerrod kneel in reverence at the foot of the boarding ramp as the Emperor himself emerges] 

    The Emperor : Rise, my friend.

    Darth Vader : The Death Star will be completed on schedule.

    The Emperor : You've done well, Lord Vader. And now I sense you wish to continue your search for young Skywalker.

    Darth Vader : Yes, my Master.

    The Emperor : Patience, my friend. In time, he will seek *you* out, and when he does, you must bring him before me. He has grown strong. Only together can we turn him to the Dark Side of the Force.

    Darth Vader : As you wish.

    The Emperor : Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.

  • The Emperor : Everything that has transpired has done so according to my design. Your friends, up there on the sanctuary moon, are walking into a trap, as is your Rebel fleet. It was *I* who allowed the Alliance to know the location of the shield generator. It is quite safe from your pitiful little band. An entire legion of my best troops awaits them. Oh, I'm afraid the deflector shield will be quite operational when your friends arrive.

  • The Emperor : [to Luke]  Good! Use your aggressive feelings, boy. Let the hate flow through you!

  • The Emperor : [to Luke]  The Alliance... will die. As will your friends. Good, I can feel your anger. I am defenceless. Take your weapon. Strike me down with all of your hatred and your journey towards the dark side will be complete!

  • [Vader brings Luke before the Emperor and hands him Luke's weapon] 

    Darth Vader : His light saber.

    The Emperor : [to Luke]  Ah, yes. A Jedi's weapon, much like your father's. By now you must know that your father can never be turned from the Dark Side. So will it be with you.

  • Darth Vader : He will come to me?

    The Emperor : I have foreseen it. His compassion for you will be his undoing. He will come to you and then you will bring him before me.

    Darth Vader : As you wish.

  • The Emperor : I'm looking forward to completing your training. In time you will call *me* master.

    Luke : You're gravely mistaken. You won't convert me as you did my father.

    The Emperor : Oh no, my young Jedi. You will find that it is you who are mistaken, about a great many things.

  • Darth Vader : What is thy bidding, my master?

    The Emperor : Send the fleet to the far side of Endor. There it will stay until called for.

    Darth Vader : What of the reports of the rebel fleet massing near Sullust?

    The Emperor : It is of no concern. Soon the Rebellion will be crushed and young Skywalker will be one of us. Your work here is finished, my friend. Go out to the command ship and await my orders.

    Darth Vader : Yes, my master.

  • The Emperor : You're hate has made you powerful. Now fulfill your destiny, take you're father's place by my side.

    Luke : Never I'll never turn to the dark side

    Luke : You failed your highness, I am a Jedi like my father before me.

    The Emperor : So be it,Jedi.

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