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: