Obi-Wan Kenobi May Answer The OT's Biggest Leia & Padmé Question

Warning: SPOILERS for Obi-Wan Kenobi episode 3.

Obi-Wan Kenobi episode 3 provides a perfect explanation for why Leia remembers Padme, despite the latter dying shortly after Leia was born. When Padme died at the end of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, during childbirth, it created somewhat of a plot hole for Return of the Jedi. In the final installment of George Lucas' original Star Wars trilogy, Leia told Luke everything she remembered of her birth mother, but how could she have remembered in the first place? She was only an infant.

In Lucas' eyes, the only way to follow up The Empire Strikes Back's twist that Darth Vader was Luke's father was to suddenly reveal in Return of the Jedi that Leia was also his sister. But unlike Leia, Luke had no memory of his parents from when he was a child, especially not his mother - though Leia did. She told Luke that their mother was "very beautiful; kind, but sad," which tracks with Padme's depiction in the prequels, especially after Anakin Skywalker turned to the dark side in Revenge of the Sith. And now, dialogue from Obi-Wan Kenobi can explain why Leia remembered Padme.

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In Obi-Wan Kenobi episode 3, Leia asks Obi-Wan if he's her birth father, to which he says no. To empathize with her, he explains how Force-sensitive children are taken from their families when they are very young and are trained to become Jedi. It happened to him, so the only things he remembers about his family are his mother's shawl, his father's hands, and even a baby, who could be Obi-Wan's brother. Given both of them are strong in the Force, it's plausible that, because they're Force-sensitive, they can access fleeting memories from when they were infants.

An ability like that would exist in the same vein as the Force power psychometry, which has been used more and more in Disney's Star Wars projects, beginning with a big splash in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In that film, Rey experiences and learns about certain emotional events associated with Anakin and Luke's lightsaber after she touches it. It's an ability that only a handful of Jedi have had because they were born with it; it's not an ability that can be learned. But perhaps a similar byproduct of the Force could allow Jedi and other Force users to have flashes of their early childhood, even their birth.

So far, the only other reason Star Wars has given as to why Leia remembered Padme is that she was around her mother's bodyguard and handmaiden, Sabe, who doubled as Queen Amidala for most of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, for quite some time as a child. It's certainly possible that that was the reason Leia could recall images of Padme, but the implication from Obi-Wan Kenobi better fits the world and franchise lore.

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New episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi release Wednesdays on Disney+.

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