COMMAND CENTER: Large chunks of ice tumble into the command center as Leia and General Rieekan monitor computer screens.
RIEEKAN: I don't think we can protect two transports at a time.
LEIA: It's risky, but we can't hold out much longer. We have no choice.
RIEEKAN (into comlink): Launch patrols.
LEIA (to an aide): Evacuate remaining ground staff.
MAIN HANGAR: Muffled distant explosions create widening cracks in the ice roof of the hangar. Trying to ignore the noise and falling bits of snow, Han works on one of the Falcon's lifters while Chewie works on one of the wings. Noticing Chewie attach a wrong part, Han grows impatient.
HAN: No, no! No! This one goes there, that one goes there. Right?
In another area of the hangar, Threepio watches as Artoo is raised up into Luke's X-wing fighter.
THREEPIO: Artoo, you take good care of Master Luke now, understand? And ... do take good care of yourself. Oh, dear, oh, dear.
The fierce battle on the vast snow plains of Hoth rages on. The Imperial walkers continue their slow, steady assault on the Rebel base, firing lasers as they lumber ever onward.
In the snow trench, Rebel troops fire large bazookalike guns and dishlike ray guns as explosions erupt around them.
A gun tower is hit by a laser bolt and instantly explodes. Another blast destroys a ray gun.
IMPERIAL SNOW WALKER: General Veers studies various readouts on his control panel.
VEERS: All troops will debark for ground assault. Prepare to target the main generator.
Luke's speeder and Rogue Two fly in formation, banking from right to left and flying above the erupting battlefield. Flak bursts all around them. Luke, glancing over, sees Rogue Two on his left. His ship shudders as flak bursts nearby.
LUKE (into comlink): Rogue Two, are you all right?
ZEV'S SNOWSPEEDER, ROGUE TWO
ZEV (into comlink): Yeah. I'm with you, Rogue Leader.
LUKE (into comlink): We'll set harpoon. I'll cover for you.
The two speeders race across the horizon toward the giant walkers.
ZEV (into comlink): Coming around.
LUKE (into comlink): Watch that cross fire, boys.
ZEV (into comlink): Set for position three. (to gunner) Steady.
LUKE (over comlink): Stay tight and low.
Luke's speeder moves in formation with Rogue Two, when suddenly Zev's speeder is hit by a laser bolt. His ship bucks violently under the impact and the cockpit explodes in a ball of flame. Spewing smoke, the speeder hurtles toward a looming walker. Before they collide. Rogue Two explodes in a million flaming pieces.
Desperately, Luke works the controls of his flak-buffeted ship. Suddenly, the speeder is rocked by a huge explosion. Luke struggles with the controls with a look of terror on his face. The speeder fills with smoke, and electrical sparks jump about the cockpit.
LUKE (into comlink): Hobbie, I've been hit!
Luke's speeder slams into the ground just in front a walker heading his direction. He quickly exits and then reaches in to check on Dack, he's dead. With hardly a second to spare, he reaches for a weapon and leaps out of the way just as the walker's massive leg crushes the speeder.
COMMAND CENTER: Running footsteps echo through the freezing hallway, then Han appears. Cracks have appeared in some of the walls and some pipes have broken, sending hot steam billowing into the underground hallways.
Han hurries into the command center. It is a shambles, but some people are still at their posts. He finds Leia and Threepio near one of the control boards. She is surprised to see him.
HAN: You all right?
LEIA: Why are you still here?
HAN: I heard the command center had been hit.
LEIA: You got your clearance to leave.
HAN: Don't worry. I'll leave. First I'm going to get you to your ship.
THREEPIO: Your Highness, we must take this last transport. It's our only hope.
LEIA (to controller): Send all troops in sector twelve to the south slope to protect the fighters.
A blast rocks the command center, throwing Threepio backward into Han's arms.
ANNOUNCER (over loudspeaker): Imperial troops have entered the base.
HAN: Come on... that's it.
LEIA (to head controller): Give the evacuation code signal.
Leia looks exhausted. Han grabs her and starts to lead her out.
LEIA: And get to your transports!
As Han and Leia with Threepio trailing behind, run out of the command center, the code signal can be heard echoing off the corridor walls.
HEAD CONTROLLER: K-one-zero... all troops disengage.
THREEPIO (to Han and Leia): Oh! Wait for me!
BATTLEFIELD SNOW TRENCH: Rebel troops retreat under the awesome Imperial onslaught, the ground exploding around them.
OFFICER: Begin retreat!
SECOND OFFICER: Fall back!
Three of the giant walkers, firing lasers, advance toward the Rebel headquarters.
Continuing their retreat, the Rebels see the walkers looming ever nearer.