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Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith tells the story of the Jedi falling from grace. In a short space of time, the powerful order of the Jedi went from galactic peace keepers to just a small number in hiding. Even if you look into wider source material, such as games, only a limited number of Jedi survived Order 66.

Consequently, the main plot point of Revenge of the Sith is the the Sith Lord, Darth Sidious, seeking to overthrow the unsuspecting Jedi. There are many other characters involved in this conflict to varying degrees, but what if this means the true victim was completely overlooked?

What if the true victim of 'Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith' was Padmé?

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Padme
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Padme

Padmé was the wife of Anakin Skywalker, portrayed by Natalie Portman, and is the mother of Luke and Leia. Initially known as Queen Amidala before becoming the Senator of her home planet -- Naboo, Padmé loved her home and was depicted as a huge supporter of democracy.

When she eventually died during childbirth after losing the will to live, it was naturally assumed that it was a consequence of Anakin turning to the Dark side.

But let's not forget that Padmé's entire life had just crumbled around her. She had just witnessed "liberty die" with "thunderous applause," making her work as a senator utterly meaningless.

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Padmé and Anakin
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Padmé and Anakin

Prior to this, the blockade of her planet resulted in Senator Palpatine becoming Chancellor, then her temporary replacement, fan favorite Jar Jar Binks, was the driving force in giving the Chancellor emergency powers. This ultimately lead to Palpatine gaining control of the senate, the clone army and resulting in the complete annihilation of the Jedi.

Revenge of the Sith. Chancellor Palpetine
Revenge of the Sith. Chancellor Palpetine

Padmé and Revenge of the Sith as a whole has been criticized for "losing the will to live" being a little too cheap and convenient, but look at it from Padmé's perspective: her life had fallen apart around her and everything she cared about was utterly destroyed.

Yes, she had Luke and Leia on the way, but they would have simply served as reminders of her past failures. Anyway, keep in mind that much of this happened in just one day!

Have another look at the incredible battle between Obi Wan and Anakin!



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