As part of its series on the forgotten women of Star Wars, Clone Corridor puts a spotlight on Padmé Amidala’s retinue of handmaidens:
George Lucas first got the idea for the Handmaidens while writing the rough draft for Star Wars, where he intended them to accompany Princess Leia on her travels. Traditionally in history Handmaidens were nothing more than maids or even slaves, but when George Lucas envisioned them for New Hope he already envisioned them as more than just servants. Rather than servants the Handmaidens would feature as travel companions and even stand-ins for Princess Leia. Although they were scrapped then, the Handmaidens finally appeared on screen in the Prequel films where they had become much more interesting characters.