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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