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Re-creating Anakin's confessione about the Tusken massacre

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One of the biggest problems I have with Attack of the Clones is the scene where Anakin confesses to Padmé about the Tusken massacre. It doesn’t make any sense to me. I mean, how can Padmé say absolutely nothing after Anakin confessed to her killing women and children? Being silent in front of such a thing is not what Padmé would do, especially since she has never been racist towards aliens. Furthermore, the scene contradicts Revenge of the Sith, in which we see Padmé upset when she learns that Anakin killed many innocent people (including children) in the attack on the Temple.

However, although the scene doesn’t make any sense, I think it helps Anakin’s character, because it helps us understand how he feels inside, it helps us understand his frustration. So I was thinking of an idea to solve the problem and keep the scene without letting Padmé know about the Tusken massacre, which is to put a hologram of Palpatine instead of Padmé and have Anakin confess his actions to Palpatine instead of Padmé (wich by the way would make a lot more sense, and help flashing out Anakin and Palpatine’s relationship). This thing would take a lot of CGI and a lot of work, but I think it could be done. If someone good at special effects were interested, I’d like to know what could be done about it. This way, Palpatine’s line in Revenge of the Sith, “Do you remember what you told me about your mother and the sand people?”, would be waaaay deeper.

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I think it would be a lot easier to re-edit the Tusken massacre as a dream sequence that happens after he brings his mother back from the desert.

You’d only have to insert a new line in his confession scene, perhaps covering it with a reaction shot from Padme:

“I killed them. In my dream. I killed them all. Every single one of them.”

This would keep Anakin’s intense feelings while bringing the experience into a realm which is deeply relatable for anyone who has suffered loss. Padme’s words would fit this situation perfectly, while also showing how Anakin is unable to square his feelings with his upbringing as a Jedi.

It would also work to deepen the line from Palpatine later since it confirms that Anakin trusts Palpatine enough to share his dreams and nightmares.

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Your idea is nice, but I’d rather keep the massacre sequence as an actual event, because I like my fan edits to fit as much as possible with the old Expanded Universe, and in the old Expanded Universe, specifically in the Republic comics, during the Battle of Argonar Anakin confesses to A’Sharad Hett that he has exterminated an entire tribe of sand people. So the event must have really happened, it can’t be a dream.

«This is where the fun begins!»
(Anakin Skywalker)

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It’s a good idea. Maybe you can change the hologram aspect to something more easier to do, in terms of editing. You can make Anakin yelling in the scene, and change the scene to Palpatine’s office but making Anakin dialogue continue through radio transmission, and switching continuously from one scene to another, mainly to hide Padmé’s presence. This way, maybe you could imply that Anakin is talking to Palpatine.

The problem with this idea I proposed is that Anakin looks directly to Padmé when he talks, so it would be strange to have Anakin clearly looking to something during the scene, but with no one in the room while he speak through radio transmission 😄. But it might work, I don’t know.

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