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Why did no one mind about Shmi Skywalker earlier? (Star Wars Episode II)

While watching Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, I was wondering; why didn't Anakin or Padmé mind his mother earlier??? Okay, Anakin, was busy with his Jedi Knight training, but Padmé should have bought the freedom of Shmi and took her to Naboo. No???

S.

by: G-1042

5 replies

December 23, 2014
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5 Replies & Comments

Yes, I found it awkward too. Of course, it's for the purpose of the story, to have Anakin suffering from the death of his mother, and pushing him to the dark side. But still that's not good story telling in my opinion. There was certainly something better to do around this.

by: G-310

Message #1

March 28, 2015
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On Tatooine, the currency used is much different to that which is familiar to Padme and the rest of the Naboo residents. "Galactic Credits" are used throughout the civilised expanses of the Star Wars galaxy, and in order for Qui-Gon Jin to attain the freedom of Anakin, they had to make a bet on Anakin winning the Pod Race against Sebulba.

My guess is that Padme didn't really have anything to bargain with once Anakin was gone, as she was in an incredibly foreign location. Alas, I do admit that when I used to watch Episode II, I would become very upset by the tragic ending that Shmi faced. I have always thought of different ways to tell the story that resulted in Anakin becoming the Dark Lord of the Sith, but you have to admit, George Lucas did a fantastic job, and with the information I have just provided, it doesn't sound like such lazy story-telling regarding the conclusion of Shmi Skywalker's life.

by: G-358

Message #2

May 03, 2015
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Great explanation! Thank you very much! 🙂

by: Urban Legend

Message #3

May 12, 2015
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May be Padme didn't want to be bothered by a mother in law.

More seriously, this has upset me too. I know it's to add to the drama, and to be what will push Anakin toward the dark side, but still. It's not really that she died which upset me the most. It's more about what she had to go through. She was left behind, and enslaved. She lived in misery, certainly beaten, and moved from one master to another. This is what is making me the most sad about this storyline.

In fact, I don't really like the Episode II and III, maybe because of this.

Curl89

by: G-1352

Message #4

June 01, 2017
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It's a fiction okay? This is just to add to the drama and to fill Anakin with pain and hate and make him fall into the dark side.

Yes it pissed me too, the way they abandoned Shmi. Sad.

by: G-1524

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October 10, 2018
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