George Lucas created the Star Wars prequels to fill in the gaps in the story, answering questions like how Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader and what the Clone Wars were.
But in doing so, it created a whole bunch of plot holes, with one of the most egregious being the fact that Leia Organa says in Return of the Jedi she remembers her mother Padmé Amidala, but Revenge of the Sith showed her dying in childbirth (from a broken heart, no less).
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We’ve tried debunking a few plot holes (including ones that were created by Disney’s supposedly continuity-fixing anthology movies), with the general consensus being she ‘knew’ Padmé through Force dreams.
But now, in a new annual in the Star Wars Adventures comic series, there is a scene where a young Leia goes for a wander and sees a statue of the former Queen of Naboo. Her adoptive mother Queen Breha Organa then tells her stories of Padmé’s heroism and how she was not one to discuss matters in a committee.
She says to her little daughter: “Leia, love, I know you’re too young to understand all this… to remember, even. But I want you to hold on to this image, this feeling. That spark – the spark. You have it, too.”
While we like to think there’s still a bit of Force mysticism in there somewhere, it’s nice to add a bit more sense to something that has been bugging fans for years.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be released on Thursday, December 19 in the UK and Friday, December 20 in the US.