Obi-Wan Kenobi,  Prequel Trilogy

‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ writer explains how important it was to include nods to Padmé

In a new interview with Nerdist, Obi-Wan Kenobi writer and executive producer Joby Harold explains how important it was to include nods to Padmé Amidala in the show:

[Padmé] is a massive part of where [Obi-Wan] was, who he was. The guilt to which you speak, that is really important. And it’s not what the show is about. But to not acknowledge Padmé… I agree she’s a massive part of the prequels, and I just didn’t want her to not be part of the conversation of the show because she deserves to be. Padmé and her relationship with everyone, and the residual feelings of the past and that which he carries with him, she’s part of that.”

“You take the hit a little bit on [the Padmé nods] a couple of times, because it’s so worth including her within the subtext of a scene. And certainly when she becomes part of the storytelling. Like in the scene with Leia on the transport, then it works because it’s about Leia within the scene. Padmé is the chess piece within which we get to have that character relationship evolve. And that makes her vital, as opposed to just a piece of the context of canon.”

I’ve always been frustrated by the lack of acknowledgement of Padmé in the original trilogy, even though it’s understandable since the character hadn’t been fleshed out yet. It’s great that Obi-Wan Kenobi finally explores the memories people have of Padmé after her death.

If you’re interested in the writing of Obi-Wan Kenobi, check out the whole article and those two other interviews of Harold:

“‘Obi-Wan’ Writer Joby Harold on That Leia Surprise and Filling Gaps in the Character’s Story: ‘Certainly It Was a Risk’”

“How ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Writer Justified Obi-Wan Not Knowing Anakin Was Alive”

4 Comments

  • ArchdukeOfNaboo

    I see that Nerdist article is written by Amy Ratcliffe, a name that may strike a bell. I recall reading pro-PT from her on and off, in different places, since before even the sequels came out.

    A true prequelist, she ain’t one of those people we see a lot who pretend they’ve done a u-turn.

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  • ArchdukeOfNaboo

    “I’ve always been frustrated by the lack of acknowledgement of Padmé in the original trilogy”

    This doesn’t bother me so much. Padmé is long gone, and they never veer into Galactic politics or how the Rebellion came about.

    It’s nothing compared to the ST’s blatant refusal to acknowledge the redemption of Anakin Skywalker as occured in ROTJ. They fling around the Darth Vader mask as a convenient prop for multiple films, yet never have Kylo Ren understand who is grandfather really was by the end. It’s as if Abrams hated the ending of the OT, and the PT.

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