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'Revenge Of The Sith' Almost Gave Padme The 'Star Wars' Ending She Deserved

This is the one time where a George Lucas post-release tinkering would be good.

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge Of The Sith won’t be ranked alongside Empire Strikes Back anytime soon, but it’s still an entertaining as hell film that has its share of memorable moments despite a pretty dodgy script (even for Star Wars standards). Looking back upon Revenge Of The Sith 15 years since its 2005 release though, one can’t help but still feel a bit ripped off about the Star Wars ending given to Padme, mainly because the original conclusion of her character arc was far more interesting than the one we ultimately got.

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For those who need a refresher on what happened to Padme at the end of Revenge Of The Sith, she gives birth to Luke and Leia but dies shortly after due to a combination of childbirth complications and nursing a broken heart over Anakin becoming Darth Vader.

It’s pretty dumb even after all these years and definitely not the Star Wars ending Padme deserved after all the troubles and bad dialogue she endured throughout the Prequel Trilogy. But as it so happens, George Lucas’ original plan for Padme’s ending in Revenge Of The Sith was far more badarse.

Long-time Star Wars concept artist Iain McCraig revealed (via Digital Spy) that Padme would’ve realised Anakin had fallen to the Dark Side and began to take steps to form the Rebel Alliance.

Apparently the original idea was that once Anakin had left for the lava-covered planet of Mustafar during the third act of Revenge Of The Sith, Padme would round up influential rebels to form an organisation that would ultimately become the Rebel Alliance that we know and love from A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return Of The Jedi.

But equally as significant is how Padme’s original final confrontation with Anakin involved her intending to kill him. Apparently she meets with him on Mustafar and they embrace for a moment, during which she draws a knife meant to kill him.

Despite Anakin not stopping her, Padme ultimately can’t do it because she still loves him. Obi Wan then shows up and the rest of Revenge Of The Sith plays out in the same way we saw in cinemas, meaning Padme still dies from a broken heart or something and Darth Vader still lets loose that lame “noooooo” at the end.

One can’t help but feel a bit gypped at what would’ve been a far more powerful character moment for Padme on Mustafar, especially given the cringy ending George Lucas ultimately settled with.

It’s just a damn shame that Padme was robbed of what would’ve been a far better ending in Revenge Of The Sith, one that’s more in line with the strong character she was built up to be. Instead, George Lucas did his usual thing of tinkering with scenes that don’t need tinkering and, well, the rest is history.

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Lana Del Rey Must Be Exhausted After Backtracking From That Tone-Deaf Rant

*grabs popcorn*

Hoo boy. Grab some popcorn because we have a doozy here, folks. So Lana Del Rey kicked off a heap of drama on Instagram by dumping a rant filled with criticism about other popular female artists (all of whom are coincidentally women of colour) while announcing her new album, only to defensively backtrack when the backlash started coming in.

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In tone-deaf rant shared on Instagram, Lana Del Rey went on a tirade about the “10 years of bullsh*t reviews” she’s received (which isn’t the first time she’s done it), all the “female writers” and “alt singers” who have accused her glamourising abuse in her lyrics, and how “there has to be a place in feminism” for women who “look and act” like her.

That’s all fine and well, she has every right to share her frustrations in an industry that’s ridiculously flawed and sexist. But Lana Del Rey then undercut her entire message by naming and going after several other female artists, most of whom happen to be women of colour.

“Now that Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé have had their number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, fu*king, cheating etc – can I please go back to singing about being embodied, feeling beautiful by being in love even if the relationship is not perfect, or dancing for money — or whatever I want — without being crucified or saying that I’m glamorizing abuse??????”

Oh and there’s also a new Lana Del Rey album coming, as well as two books of poetry.

No one is saying that Lana Del Rey hasn’t copped her share of backlash, criticism and just crap in general during her time in the music industry. But comparing herself to several other successful artists who are women of colour while complaining about feminism lacking a space for her and positioning herself as a martyr who thinks she’s been treated worse by the media is just ridiculous.

All the female artists named by Lana have copped their share of criticism over the years and seeing Lana conveniently ignore all that just to prop herself up comes off as tone-deaf.

Needless to say that the backlash to Lana Del Rey’s rant has been swift and unrelenting. Perhaps realising she effed up her point, Lana shared a few follow-up replies in the comments section clarifying that she loves all those female artists she named and doubling down on her views that she’s been unfairly treated.

This follow up comment from Lana Del Rey certainly smells of someone who realises she’s going to (rightfully) cop it for her comments and is trying to get ahead of the backlash and criticism by proactively going on the defensive, all while trying to have her “but what about me” cake and eat it too.

She’s got to be exhausted at this point. All that backtracking must be quite a workout.

This could’ve been a powerful message that calls out double standards in music while also supporting other female artists. Instead, all Lana Del Rey did was show that she doesn’t understand that it is possible to express your setbacks without tearing other women down.

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Turns Out The Ending Of 'Game Of Thrones' Season Eight Was Lifted From 'The Simpsons'

Certainly explains how Game Of Thrones ended the way it did.

You’d think we’d be used to all the eerily accurate predictions made by The Simpsons by now, but it never gets old whenever the long-running animated classic somehow foreshadows future events. Case in point: we should’ve seen that dodgy ending we got in the final season of Game Of Thrones coming because The Simpsons predicted it years beforehand.

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Let’s quickly refresh what happened at the climax of Game Of Thrones’ final season given how we’ve all wiped our collective memories of it.

After that anticlimactic ending involving the White Walkers, the focus shifted back towards King’s Landing. After stretching plot logic to breaking point just to get all the important characters to the capital of Westeros for the show’s penultimate episode, Game Of Thrones promptly shat the bed by having Daenerys inexplicably destroying King’s Landing via dragon with absolutely no build-up whatsoever.

The final season of Game Of Thrones was full of problems and left a sour taste in the mouths of several cast members, but seeing Daenerys behaving so irrationally and out-of-character in such a destructive manner was the straw that broke the goodwill camel’s back.

No one had the “Daenerys goes mad and destroys King’s Landing” ending on their Game Of Thrones predictions list, yet we probably should’ve all seen it coming because The Simpsons foreshadowed this very plot development two years before Thrones‘ final season.

In the 2017 Simpsons episode, The Serfsons‘, the show spends the entire time taking the piss out of Game Of Thrones before it ends with the Simpsons family standing around uselessly as a mad rider and their dragon burns everything and everyone to a crisp.

The similarities are so eerily close one might even say Game Of Thrones ripped off The Simpsons, which honestly wouldn’t surprise anyone given how the two Thrones showrunners, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, have shown that they’re yet another example of white men who managed to fail upwards into success.

This whole “destroy everything via a dragon” was obviously a massive joke by the Simpsons writers at the time. As much as we like to believe that they’re in possession of a magic eight-ball, there’s no realistic way they could’ve predicted how on the money they were with how Game Of Thrones ultimately ended.

Apropos of nothing, maybe it’s time we pay extra attention to The Simpsons whenever they parody a show that’s yet to finish.

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