Star Wars: The Secret Meaning of Padmé's Funeral Scene

By Clarice Taylor

Star Wars has recently been going deep into its lore, now expanding upon the Funeral of Padmé.

Recently Star Wars has been adding tie-ins to its books by calling back events from Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Padmé Amidala's life took a change when she met Young Anakin, her husband and the father to her two children, Luke and Leia. We knew from the beginning her life would end at the conclusion to the prequel trilogy, since we had seen the events of Episode IV. 

In the Novelization of Star Wars: Episode III Revenger of the Sith Padmé signed a petition that opposed Emperor Palpatine, calling for him to step down and renounce his emergency power as Supreme Chancellor and to end the war with the Separatists.

Official tie ins are bringing a new light to this story, showing that Padmé's funeral, which broke our hearts when we first saw it at the end of Revenge of the Sith. According to the novel, Queens shadow written by E.K. Johnston, the funeral attendees tried to find the real reason for the Senators death. In Greg Pak's Star Wars: Darth Vader #2 series he dives deeper into this plot revealing this group of petitioner because part of the Rebel Alliance fighting against the Empire. One of which was Sabé, one of Padmé's old handmaidens from when she had been Queen of Naboo.

This showing that the funeral scene is now a symbol of hope. Through her death, the rebellion was born. The guest in attendance will become rebels that eventually, and ultimately will lead to the downfall of the Empire.

Lucasfilm, who has gotten a lot of backlash from fans online about the way they handled the sequel trilogy. has been fleshing out a lot of the prequel trilogy through tie-ins with their books and Comics. Through Disney's expansion of official Canon now things such as Padmé's death, and Anakin being 'The Chosen One' has been fleshed out and expanded on.