While poking around the listener mailbag at the Forcecast, I saw some interesting comments.
I’m positive that the Big G.L. clearly identified the events that detail how Anakin was going to rise and fall as he wrote the script for Episode 1, because in this shot- we have Palpatine on one side of the screen, and Anakin on the other. And the only two who stand between Palpatine and Anakin is Obi-Wan, and Padme. I think this small detail illustrates how clever George Lucas has always been as a filmmaker, and how important Episode 1 is in telling a complete story of Anakin Skywalker.
There’s someone else at the bottom who was sticking up, sort of, for Anakin/Padmé (it will be a grand day when prequel defenders no longer have to qualify their comments with shopworn criticisms). But all of the letters are interesting to read.