Star Wars Controversy: Padmé Amidala featured in the Star Wars series with Natalie Portman’s visage around a year before to the beginning of the prequel trilogy, raising the mystery of why her daughter can not recall her. Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia never actually knew their mother, as they only saw her briefly as newborns before she passed away. The comic version of the Star Wars Thrawn Trilogy includes a portrait of Padmé that may explain why Leia remembers her mother in Return of the Jedi.
Luke confesses to Leia in Return of the Jedi that not only is Darth Vader his father, but he is also Leia’s brother. This is the sole mention of Padmé in the original trilogy. While Luke has no recollection of his biological mother, Leia claims to recall her, which initially caused no continuity problems. At the conclusion of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, there was no official explanation for how Leia recalled her mother, but fans theorized that she may have received Force visions of Padmé.
The fifth issue of Mike Baron and Edvin Biukovic’s comic book version of The Last Command capitalized on Natalie Portman’s casting as Padmé Amidala by placing a large portrait of her in the former Imperial Palace on Coruscant. Not only does this Legends continuity comic offer the earliest representation of Portman’s Padmé, but it also appears to settle the issue of Leia’s Padmé-related memories before they are even mentioned. If Leia seen the image before the events of Return of the Jedi, it would explain how she knows Padmé’s looks. However, the painting might have been added to the palace after it became the New Republic capital.
Leia would not recall seeing Padmé briefly on Polis Massa, but she has a deep connection to the Force. As Yoda explains in The Empire Strikes Back, Force users might receive glimpses of loved ones who have “long since passed away.” Leia might have easily seen a vision of Padmé through the Force, knowing that the lady she saw was her mother, so making her recollection of Padmé a vision of her.
If the painting of Padmé was at the Imperial Palace during Leia’s time as an Imperial senator, it may help to extrapolate how Leia recalls her mother. If Leia was unable to recognize the lady in her Force vision as her birth mother, she might have easily identified Padmé Amidala as her biological mother by viewing the painting, recalling the woman from the Force vision, and learning that the portrait depicts Padmé Amidala. What began as an easter egg for the Star Wars series evolved into a possible explanation for a prequel-era plot hole.
About Padmé Amidala
Padmé Amidala Naberrie is a fictional character in the Star Wars saga, played by Natalie Portman in the prequel trilogy. In The Phantom Menace, she is introduced as the youthful Queen of Naboo; following her reign, she becomes a senator and an anti-war spokesman for the Galactic Senate. She subsequently gives birth to Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa after marrying Anakin Skywalker in secret. Anakin’s dread of losing Padmé drives him to the dark side of the Force and serves as the impetus for his transformation into Darth Vader.