[blockquote]"Thanks Aesop, and I agree with some of your points as well. Padme has been a ***big*** thorn of Palpatine's side since the beginning, stopping or more like stalling his efforts at every turn (her efforts on her home planet of Naboo in Episode 1 and her opposition to the military creation act in Episode 2), I think ultimately that its going to be him, indirectly who will cause the demise of Padme. He may act like he loves her with all his being (a big phony, I fake gag every time I see the scene when he persuades her to have a jedi to protect her after her assasination attempt in the beginning of AOTC and talks of his supposed concern of her), but he really hates her and would love and probably cannot wait until she is out of the way so he can proceed with his plans of controlling the galaxy."[/blockquote] I certainly agree with that, couldn't have said it better myself. However, I don't agree that she will die with Anakin by her side. Better for Palpatine to be able to inform Anakin with his own biased/twisted/false information, rather than having Anakin see everything for himself, if Palpatine is behind Padme's death.