I'm sure this had to have been discussed before, so i'm sorry if i'm bringing up a repeated subject. But yesterday I was thinking about Leias line in ROTJ about talking about how she remembers her mother. She said she was beautiful, kind, but sad (I think that's what she said...haven't seen it in awhile) So obviously many were thrown off in ROTS when both Luke and Leia spent the same amount of time with Padme. So did Lucas write himself in any corner...or could he have written an ending where Padme stayed alive for a little bit where it didn't seem forceful, but of course would help explain why leia remember her? So this was roughly what I was thinking. Its not perfect...needs polishing but anyways. When Obi-Wan leaves Mustefar(spelling?) have the Emperor detect that obi-wan had just left. He gives an order to have Obi-Wans ship followed. Obi-Wan is on that asteroid place where padme is about to give birth. Have the droid come up to obi-wan and Yoda like it did in the movie, but have it says something more like "she has (some illness or unknown illness) that is going to take her life." Obi "no,....how long does she have" Robot "difficult to say. Could be a few months or at most 2-3 years" Then have some alarms come up. Someone over the speakers you hear "imperial ships dropped out of hyperspace. They'll be here in 10 min." Obi "blasted...they must have followed me from mustefar" Just then have Padme give birth to Luke. He comes out. Padme says the nice things about Anakin like movie, but add on Obi "Padme we have to transport you on a ship. We have to leave." Padme "I don't think there is enough time for me Obi-Wan." Obi "the imperials are coming not only for Yoda and myself, but you and your child as well. Palpitine will do all that he can to keep Anakin under his leash. But Anakin loves you Padme..even now. And if Anakin knows he has a child he will want to protect it as well. That is a threat to Palpitine. We see Yoda watching this while time just outside the room. Bail approaches Bail "Yoda....you must leave now. I got my ship ready to go. We are going to transport Padme on my ship." Back to Padme Padme "But...but..i can not let Anakin have my child....not the way he is now. Obi Wan please protect my son. You must go now and promise me you'll keep him alive." Obi Wan "Padme..." Padme "go!" obi wan leaves and boards a small ship that Yoda is already on....then Padme feels more pain Bail: Padme you alright? Padme: somethings not right. Robot: Your second child is on the way Padme: 2nd? Anyways to speed things up i'm thinking they push her table to roll it (or hover it) up bails ship. Maybe we don't even have to see the full child birth, just take her to the ship. Just as bails ship goes into hyperdrive show that the imperials are landing on the asteroid and starting to fire/capture ones that are still there. Show Vader like movie getting his mask on. Ask about Padme and what not. Emperor said she died..Vader Noooo Pan away and maybe show Obi-Wan, baby Luke, and Yoda on Dagobah. Have Obi-Wan and Yoda talk about where it'd be best to take Luke (like in the movie) Yoda can tell obi wan to take him to his family and watch over him. He can mention how he'll stay on Dagobah....maybe a quick reason why he'll be safe there. And how He has training for obi wan...commute with Qui Gon..that whole thing (having Luke on Dagobah would be nice since would put a little wait to the "something familiar about this place". Then this is the really added point I was thinking of. Show Padme on Alderaan. Looking weaker and sicker. You see Padme sitting in grassy flower field (kinda like attack of the clones with Anakin. You have camera close to Padme looking sad...then from behind her you see a small girl (2 years old) jumping on the back of Padme...laughing and giggling. Padme smiles and tickles her. Then camera pans further back and you see Bail, his wife, and their child (a boy) who is roughly the same age as Leia. You see Leia and Bails child running around playing. Bail: I love seeing our kids play together so nicely like that. Padme: Yes, its like they are siblings Bail has a concerned look on his face Bail: You know Padme...we could still seek out Kenobi...you can still be with your son. Padme: No....its to late for me. He's safe where he is. Far away from danger...living a normal life. They look over at the two children playing. Bails child is observing a frog like creature. Giggling as it jumps. Bails wife: honey lets bring the food out here to eat. Its a lovely day. Bail: Yes..your right. why not. Bail calls out to his son and even leia to come Bail: Come here leia...want to help uncle get some cookies? Leia giggles and goes towards him. But bails son doesn't come...hes looking at the frog. Bail calls a couple times but the child doesn't come. Padme: let him be... I'll watch him till you come back. Bail: Hmmm ok....we'll be back in 10min. You see bail, leia, and bails wife enter a small shuttle and fly away. You see Padme looking at Bails child who has blond hair. He looks up at Padme and smiles. Padme smiles back...and for a breaf moment she gets a flash of Anakin as a small boy "i'm a person...and my name is Anakin." Padme lays back....looking up at the sky. There are a few clounds that shes looking at.....then through the clones one small imperial shuttle comes....very quickly. Padme calls to bails child to come to her. The shuttle lands only like 100ft away from Padme. Padme that is weak is still sitting up on the grass field with bails child in her arms. Out of the shuttle comes the Emperor with a few troopers and royal gaurds staying by the ship. Padme has a frighten face and his holding the child closely. The emperor approached Padme. (I'll be honest don't know what exactly they can say. something like 'dear child....do you think I would let you go...your mere existence is a threat to me. Especially the existence of your child." Padme looks down at the child she is holding which is bails. Padme tries to speak up to say its not hers. Padme: No don't touch the child its.... Emperor for pulls the child out of her arms...the child his hover on the side of the emperor crying and the emperor has a big smile on his face. The Emperor doesn't give padme a chance to speak.. you see from Padmes POV the emperor hold out his arm towards Padme and quickly close his fist...screen goes dark. Then screen comes back as you see bails shuttle landing quickly....you see Bail running towards Padme with bails wife and leia in her arms some distance away. Bail calls to padme to wake up but she there is no life in her. He looks around call out for his son....and he from a distance enough to make out that its the child. Bail and his wife are in great tears. Bail puts his arms around his wife as they are sobbing. Then little leia walks close up to them. Their tears die down...they look at each other....and bail puts his arm around Leia and pulls her towards him. We pain at last to Obi Wan who is on tattoonie. He's riding on a local animal (like in TPM) And he gots off his animal pulls out his binoculars, zooms in on a small home. He see's Owen...pans more see's Beru and pans more and sees a small 2ish year old Luke walking towards Beru...she picks him up and walks next to owen as they are making funny faces at him. They look towards then the sun set. Obi Wan puts his binoculars down. He smiles. And heads back towards the animal. Then we go to owen, beru, and luke and all 3 are looking at sun set ….roll credits. This went on longer then I thought. sorry...i'm sure there are some issues with this...but just a fun thought I had. Some things I was trying to cover are of course...leia would spend time with padme to somewhat remember her. Luke would be on Dagobah to remember it feels familiar, and also show/explain that the emperor wanted to make sure padme/child dies. Any thoughts or how you would of liked to have seen Padme and Leia be together longer?