Keira Knightley's Forgotten Star Wars Hero is Back To Rewrite The Saga

While Star Wars' current Darth Vader comics series is set between the events of Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, it began by featuring the return of Keira Knightley's character from the prequel trilogy known as Sabé, handmaid to Padmé Amidala. While her interactions with Darth Vader were less than peaceful in the first few issues of the 2020 series, Star Wars is teasing her return as well as the notion that she will uncover Darth Vader's greatest secret, potentially rewriting a significant part of the Skywalker saga.

Following the events of Empire Strikes Back and Luke Skywalker's rejection of Darth Vader, the Dark Lord of the Sith began investigating the death of his wife and the birth of his children. This put him into direct contact with Sabé, the handmaid to Padmé who was the Queen's Shadowserving as one of her key decoys and confidants. Revealed to still be alive, Sabé agreed to work with Vader under the pretense of uncovering the secrets of Padmé's death together. In truth, Sabé had formed a group of Naboo fighters known as the Amidalans who were dedicated to avenging the death of Padmé whom they all loved. The Amidalans attacked Vader having concluded that he killed not only Padmé but also Anakin Skywalker as well. While Vader said nothing to refute their accusations seeing as how he views Anakin as someone he killed and buried, he ultimately kills all of the Amidalans. However, the recent Darth Vader #18 revealed that Sabé survived the battle and has joined Crimson Dawn, the reborn criminal syndicate seeking to bring about the end of the Sith.

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Now, the preview for the upcoming Darth Vader #20 from Greg Pak and Raffaele Ienco sees Sabé at the medical facility on Polis Massa, the very same facility where Padmé died after giving birth to Luke and Leia at the end of Revenge of the Sith. This is also where Vader's journey seeking answers ended after viewing a recording of his late wife's final words saying there was still good in him. Now, Sabé is seen witnessing that same message. Not only that, but she's also rebooted Vader's discarded analysis droid who reveals that Padmé gave birth to a son. Surprisingly, Sabé now has privileged information that very few in the galaxy know. However, the possibility exists that this information could be used against the Dark Lord, especially now that Sabé has all the pieces in front of her to conclude that Vader was once Anakin Skywalker. Here are the preview pages and synopsis for the upcoming issue:

THE QUEEN'S SHADOW RETURNS!• Darth Vader continues his quest to destroy the agents of Crimson Dawn, abetted by an unlikely crew of heroes and assassins.• But every twist in the tale gets thrown into question with the shocking return of SABÉ, handmaiden of Padmé Amidala!• Who's the hero? Who's the villain? And will they choose chaos or order in the age of Crimson Reign?

What makes Sabé's new story so interesting and compelling is that readers genuinely don't know where it will go or how it might redefine chapters of the Star Wars canon. While Sabé and the Amidalans' mission to kill Vader was interesting, readers knew they would fail as his ultimate fate is already known. The same goes for Crimson Dawn's mission to kill the Sith. While the journies are engaging and entertaining, the outcomes are largely known factors. However, the tease that Sabé is going to learn the truth about Darth Vader is a story beat with some genuine intrigue. Who knows what she'll do with the information or who she might tell? After all, she's recently been revealed to be a Crimson Dawn agent.

Regardless, the return of Keira Knightley's character is one of the better arcs in the current Star Wars comics, providing real mystery. Having learned that Padmé believed there was still good in him, will Sabé become a true ally to Vader? Will she despise him, even more, when/if she concludes he was Anakin? Hopefully the answers will be featured in the full Darth Vader #20 releasing February 9th.

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