Sorry if this has been discussed before, I'm brazilian and Ep2 only opened here this month. :-( Up to my 4th viewing of Ep2 I always thought that the scene with PadmÃ© trapped in that melting pot about to be, well, melted, and R2 rescuing her at the last second was a bit forced and unnecessary. Also I thought her sudden change of mind right before the arena, when she says she loves Anakin no matter the consequences was a bit out of the blue. But in my 4th viewing I finally connected these two scenes and it all fit together perfectly. All you have to consider is what must have gone through her mind while she was inside that iron pot, facing certain death. Her situation was pretty hopeless, she couldn't escape, Anakin was nowhere near. So at a certain point she accepted the fact the she would die there and then (which goes with her later saying "I'm not afraid of dying"), note that when the melted metal is about to be poured on her, she doesn't try to escape it. So, after accepting death, there's only one regret going through her mind, that she didn't let herself be with the man she loved because it might destroy their lives, and now her life was going to be destroyed anyway. But she manages to escape that, only to be faced with another "certain death" situation in the arena (altough not a situation as hopeless as the last one). Anyway, she faces death again, but now she has the chance to at least let her feelings free before she dies, and she takes it. What do you guys thing?