“Actually, Artoo has been known to make mistakes… from time to time.”
This is, without a doubt, one of my favorite scenes and shots in The Empire Strikes Back. It’s heavy, poignant, and melancholic. It effortlessly conveys how emotionally connected these characters are; they’re mourning together, but in their own unique ways. Putting physical distance between them was a bold choice, but it works wonderfully to establish how each character is lost in themselves.
The original shot for reference: