The story of “A Distant Echo”, the latest episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, has changed a bit since the release of the animatic version in 2015. In this video, The Clone Wars executive producer and supervising director Dave Filoni explains why he wrote a new scene with Padmé for this episode.
“We were originally doing it– the Bad Batch episode, it wasn’t one of the last 12 episodes, but now it is. And so that changed the way that I had to orchestrate the story somewhat. For example, in these 12 episodes there was not a single scene with Padmé in it, and it goes without saying she’s an important part of the prequel trilogy.
And while my job in “Clone Wars” was never really to tell her story– George [Lucas] did that– or Anakin’s, I do have a job to tell how the other characters relate to those characters. I personally felt it was a little bit lousy that Padmé didn’t have a voice in the episodes, in any of the 12 episodes.
Also, Cat Taber, you know, had been working on the series for a long time, and she was sad that she wasn’t going to get to be a part of the show. So I wrote a scene that had Padme in it, and that scene then helps gives you context for how Anakin thinks of her, that he relies on her, that he regards her opinion very highly. That she knows him, that she knows Rex.
And it became an important scene, and it alludes to certain timelines in “Revenge of the Sith” because you see that to us, the audience who know better, that she looks slightly pregnant.”
It has been noted that a scene from the animatic version was deleted. It showed Anakin reacting to a nose art of Padmé on the Bad Batch’s ship.