The Padmé That Wasn’t There

The Queen’s Trilogy in chronological order | credit Lucasfilm Press

Queen’s Shadow: Padmé Observes, Learns, and Adapts

Starting the trilogy in the middle of Padmé’s career with Queen’s Shadow was genius as it immediately put the character in a situation of change and conflict. Having Padmé move from the structured, comfortable politics of Naboo to navigating the chaotic ineptness of the Galactic Senate is the equivalent of throwing a beginner into the deep end of the pool and yelling “swim!” And it makes for a gripping read as Padmé slowly figures out how to play the game of Galactic politics. By the time we see her in Attack of the Clones, she appears confident in her political prowess, so Queen’s Shadow is a nice reminder that Padmé had to learn and figure things out. But she also had the help of her handmaidens, who were her eyes and ears.

Queen’s Peril: Padmé Makes Female Friends

The handmaidens from Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy | credit Lucasfilm Press

Rabé

Handmaiden role: the wardrobe mistress

Eirtaé

Handmaiden role: communications

Yané

Handmaiden role: liaison with palace staff

Saché

Handmaiden role: the page

Sabé

Handmaiden role: everyone’s assistant

Queen’s Hope: Padmé Choses Herself, For Better or Worse.

Sabé and Padmé confer with each other during the blockade on Naboo in The Phantom Menace | credit Lucasfilm ltd.

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