Could it be that the famous senator from Naboo was really murdered? Is it possible that she didn’t simply die in childbirth as we’ve been led to believe, but was actually assassinated by one of her oldest and closest advisors?

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Queen Amidala meets with an advisor in The Phantom Menace (1999)

Let’s begin with the most basic and obvious fact; no medical reason was ever given for her death. If the medical knowledge existed to rebuild Darth Vader’s incinerated body, then the medical technology to deliver babies must have been available as well. Instead of giving a real medical diagnosis of Padme’s condition, the medical droid that treated her simply stated that it couldn’t identify why she was dying.

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“For reasons we can’t explain, we are losing her… we don’t know why, she has lost the will to live.”

This is a clear sign that dark forces were at work, forces beyond the medical droid’s ability to detect or treat. If we can accept this as fact, then we have to ask ourselves; what really killed her? And who was truly responsible for her death? It turns out, the answer has been lurking before us all along. One person had not only ample motive, but also the ability to end Padme’s life.

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Senator Sheev Palpatine of Naboo


           Sheev Palpatine as one of Padme’s oldest advisors, and he was one of the few people who knew she was secretly married to the Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, who had recently become Palpatine’s Sith apprentice Darth Vader. This meant that Padme was partially distracting Vader from completing his master’s dark goals.

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With Padme gone, Vader would turn both his focus and his hatred toward hunting down Palpatine’s enemies. But more importantly, by making Anakin believe he’d killed his own wife, Palpatine would be galvanizing not only Vader’s hatred toward the Jedi, but his hatred toward himself as well. We know this is true because we see a sinister grin slide across Palpatine’s face when he informs a distraught Vader about his pregnant wife’s death.

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Palpatine’s sinister grin


Additionally, Palpatine knew, as Obi-wan did, that if Padme gave birth to Vader’s child, Vader could have a reason turned back to the Light Side. Killing Padme and her unborn child eliminated them as threats to Vader.

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Obi-wan knew Luke was the key to turning Vader against the Emperor

Sheev Palpatine also had a political motive for assassinating Padme. A moral and righteous Senator from Naboo, Padme was a strong believer in democracy. When Palpatine declared himself Galactic Emperor, Padme became a founding member of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, an organization dedicated to overthrowing Palpatine’s Empire, so killing her would strike a blow against Palpatine’ political enemies as well.

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Padme and others form the foundation of the Rebel Alliance

The proof is stacking up, and it’s looking more and more likely that Sheev Palpatine, also known as Darth Sidious, really was responsible for Padme’s death, but in order to prove conclusively that he really did murder her, we need to ask ourselves how he could have ended her life from half a galaxy away?
Legend has it that Palpatine helped create Anakin Skywalker by using the Dark Side to reach through the Force and influence midi-chlorians, so we know that he knew how to use the Dark Side to influence whether a person lived or died, and when Vader sustains grievous wounds on Mustafar, Palpatine keeps his apprentice alive by performing a simple gesture – he places his hand on Vader’s seared head.

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Palpatine heals Vader on Mustafar

If we think hard about it, we will realize that this is the exact same gesture Obi-wan made to heal Luke Skywalker

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Obi-wan heals Luke on Tatooine

The clever observer will realize that Palpatine was doing this at the exact time that Padme’s life began to slip away.
It suddenly becomes clear that the Sith Lord wasn’t merely comforting his wounded apprentice; he was literally draining the life from Padme and transferring it to Vader. This means that, in a way, Palpatine was actually telling the truth when he says that Vader killed Padme. So what he told Vader was true, from a certain point of view. Vader lived because Padme’s died, and Palpatine made it happen.

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Padme’s life drains while Palpatine keeps Vader alive

So let’s review the facts. The medical droids could not explain Padme’s death, indicating that supernatural forces were at work. Killing Padme helped Palpatine turn his apprentice to the Dark Side, and eliminated her as a political threat to his reign as Galactic Emperor. Lastly, Palpatine is rumored to be able to influence a person’s life force, and we even see him use his Sith training to draw on the dark side of the Force to artificially keep Vader alive as Padme died.
This was a Conspiracy; a dark plot shrouded in secrecy and deceit; a meticulously planned assassination to end kind and moral senator’s life, to help an evil tyrant rise to power. The Dark Side of the Force surrounds both Palpatine’s rise, and Padme’s demise, so its nearly impossible to know for sure how exactly she died, so I ask you, was this Padme’s Murder?

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