Darth Vader Was Obsessed With This Planet Because of Padmé

The Star Wars trilogies have been all about one name: Skywalker. That’s why Episode IX’s title, The Rise of Skywalker, is so fitting. But unfortunately, the Skywalker who started it all, Anakin, didn’t have the easiest journey. While several factors led to his turn to the Dark Side and transformation into Darth Vader, the death of his love, Padmé Amidala, was high on the list of events that threw him over the edge. 

Darth Vader at a screening for 'Star Wars : Episode III - Revenge of the Sith' at the 58th edition of the Cannes International Film Festival in 2005.
Darth Vader at a screening for ‘Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith’ at the 58th edition of the Cannes International Film Festival in 2005 | Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Images

Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala had a strong, but forbidden love

Their love story started back in Episode I on Tatooine, Anakin’s home planet. Padmé was Anakin’s angel, and his little crush on her stayed with him until Attack of the Clones when they met again. He was older then, and their attraction became mutual. They married and kept their relationship a secret, though Obi-Wan Kenobi definitely suspected something. It was quite easy for him to guess who fathered Padmé’s babies in Revenge of the Sith.  

Even when Anakin was turning toward the Dark Side, Padmé believed in him until she just couldn’t anymore. Obi-Wan came to ask of his whereabouts after Anakin had destroyed the Jedi temple and killed the younglings there. She didn’t want to think he did those things, but she had to see Anakin for herself to confront him about what was going on. That brought her to Mustafar, the last place where Anakin saw Padmé alive. 

Mustafar is where Anakin severely injured Padmé

Padmé and Anakin’s standoff on Mustafar is one of the most remembered scenes from Revenge of the Sith. He turned on her, suspecting that she was working with Obi-Wan and the Jedi to capture or kill him, even though she was just coming for clarity. Anakin’s obsession with keeping Padmé alive ended up being a part of his undoing, and he Force-choked his pregnant wife. 

By the time a medical droid tended to her, she gave birth but lost the will to live. That’s a weird diagnosis for dying, especially because Padmé wasn’t a quitter. There is a theory that Palpatine used her life force to bring Anakin back as Darth Vader, but that’s not necessarily canon. 

Darth Vader became obsessed with Mustafar and its ability to (supposedly) resurrect the dead

Rogue One revealed that Darth Vader’s home was on Mustafar, the very place where his love died by his hand. That’s a bit masochistic, really, but now there’s potentially a reason behind that choice. According to Screen Rant, in the third chapter of Vader Immortal, an Oculus VR game, it’s revealed why he made a home there. 

Vader learned a story of the people who initially ruled on the planet, specifically Lady Korvacs. She lost her husband due to the Sith at the time. She was devastated and went to great lengths to bring him back, using an element called Brightstar and a forbidden ritual. However, it didn’t work and instead destroyed the planet, causing it to become the volcanic wasteland seen in Revenge of the Sith

Despite the planet suffering like this, Vader was determined to bring Padmé back in any way he could. He found the element, but it was destroyed by the end of the game. That likely was for the best, as Padmé probably wouldn’t have appreciated the destructive element used on her behalf.