What did Palpatine think lying about Padmé’s death would accomplish?

Photo: Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).. .. © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.
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Padmé’s death would become the final straw for her husband, Anakin Skywalker. However, what did Palpatine hope to achieve by lying about the senator’s death in Star Wars.

Padmé Amidala served as an influential figure for the Naboo. Because of her sway over many that admire her, she often found herself the target of assassination attempts. However, when she died after the births of Luke and Leia, the entirety of her home planet gathered to mourn Padmé’s death in Star Wars.

When Darth Vader’s new cybernetics got installed, he asked where Padmé was and whether she was safe. Emperor Palpatine told him that in his anger, he killed her. This didn’t go down well, and it destroyed the new Sith Apprentice to lose the love of his life and their unborn child.

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Vader Remains Loyal

Palpatine required Vader to be loyal only to him and the Empire. As the Chancellor and a mentor to Anakin, the old man realized the young Jedi’s love for the senator.

Fans theorize Palpatine might have killed Padmé by draining her life essence as she gave birth and transferred it to Vader. Palpatine thought all life died with the former Queen. It’s unclear if he knew she was pregnant as the scenes deleted from Revenge of the Sith are no longer considered canon.

One deleted scene has Padmé and key members of the Delegation of 2000 spoke to Palpatine in his office as Anakin stands guard. This makes us think about if the Chancellor discovered Anakin’s ‘dirty little secret’ and disposed of the issue.

Making Sure Vader Remained On A Tight Leash

The Emperor went to extreme measures to ensure his plans happened without fail. However, he also needed to make sure his apprentice remained on a tight leash. Vader wasn’t stupid and he would investigate if something didn’t sit right. This included Padmé’s death.

Going out on missions to kill those who wouldn’t agree with the Empire became stress relief for Vader. Also, being the second-in-command to the evilest man in the universe meant he’d hide his emotions for long periods of time.

Keeping The Naberries In The Dark

The Naberries would have gone to Queen Apailana who didn’t agree with the official story that a rogue Jedi assassinated the senator. Not to mention, Sabé goes to investigate her friend’s death with Captain Tonra and they had to change their identities. If we had to guess, they might have gone to Padmé’s family for information.

If news got back to Sidious that someone was looking into Padmé’s death, then he would send an assassin after them to have them killed before they found out what they needed.

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