Star Wars: Episode III - Page Six





Star Wars Episode III

The Path of Darkness

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INT ALDERAAN - ROYAL PALACE - CORRIDORS - DAY

Anakin hurries through the corridors. He shoves the sentries out of the way. Aurra Sing shows her identification, clearing him.

INT ALDERAAN - ROYAL PALACE - MEDICAL FACILITY - CONTINUING

Anakin throws open the doors. Amidala lies in bed, looking pale and weak.

Obi Wan stands nearby, a grave expression on his face.

ANAKIN

Where are they?

OBI WAN KENOBI

Where are who?

ANAKIN

The children. Where are they?

Amidala looks away, not daring to face Anakin.

ANAKIN

(continuing; panicking)

What happened to the children?

Obi Wan puts a hand on Anakin's back. He leads Anakin from the room.

OBI WAN KENOBI

Come with me.

INT ALDERAAN - ROYAL PALACE - MEDICAL FACILITY -

INTENSIVE CARE - CONTINUING

Rows of empty critical care chambers line the walls. Several bacta tanks sit empty on the far wall.

Obi Wan leads Anakin to a small oxygen chamber. LUKE sleeps soundly inside.

ANAKIN

What happened?

OBI WAN KENOBI

He's had some trouble breathing. The medics say he'll need to be in here for several weeks.

ANAKIN

No. They can rebuild whatever's damaged. They have the resources.

OBI WAN KENOBI

He is barely four days old, Anakin. Would you risk his life on that?

ANAKIN

What is his name?

OBI WAN KENOBI

Luke.

Anakin rolls the name around on his tongue, enjoying the sound of it.

ANAKIN

Luke Skywalker.

OBI WAN KENOBI

A noble name.

ANAKIN

Where is the other?

Obi Wan's countenance falls. Anakin pales.

INT ALDERAAN - ROYAL PALACE - MAUSOLEUM - CONTINUING

Beneath the palace lies a great mausoleum. Hundreds of thousands of Alderaanian citizens have had their remains placed in here.

Obi Wan leads Anakin to a new wing. He stops before a small plaque on the wall.

Anakin scarcely breathes as he slowly reaches out and touches the plaque, denying its reality. He shakes his head slowly not believing that this could happen to him.

The plaque reads, "Vanther Skywalker, two days".

OBI WAN KENOBI

Your mother chose the name. Vanther was the name of her father.

Tears well up in Anakin's eyes. He slumps against the wall, his head bowed. Sobs rack his large frame.

OBI WAN KENOBI

I'm sorry.

Obi Wan walks away, leaving his friend behind.

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INT ALDERAAN - ROYAL PALACE - MEDICAL FACILITY - CONTINUING

The droids confer with Amidala. Bail Organa stands nearby. His wife holds Amidala's hand as she talks to her.

Everyone looks up as Obi Wan enters. He nods grimly.

OBI WAN KENOBI

It is done.

BAIL ORGANA

You two droids, come with me.

OBI WAN KENOBI

Where are you taking them?

BAIL ORGANA

To have their memories wiped.

C3PO

What? Oh my. Master Kenobi, don't let them take my memory.

OBI WAN KENOBI

I'll go with you.

INT ALDERAAN - ROYAL PALACE - CORRIDORS - CONTINUING

Bail and Obi Wan walk in silence. C3PO whines to Artoo as they progress toward their supposed doom.

C3PO

I thought my behavior pleased the Organa family. They never expressed any anger with me. Oh, Artoo, I don't deserve this.

An AIDE approaches Bail, almost running.

AIDE

My lord, we have a problem.

BAIL ORGANA

What?

AIDE

We've lost all communication to our fleet.

Bail looks at the droids. Then at Obi Wan.

OBI WAN KENOBI

I'll take care of it.

INT ALDERAAN - ROYAL PALACE - DROID SERVICE CENTER - CONTINUING

A cheery fellow, MILES BANNO, smiles at the droids as they enter.

MILES BANNO

Good day, my friends. It is good to see you down here among the lowly servants again.

C3PO

Master Kenobi, if there is anything I can do to convince you-

Obi Wan cuts him off with a wave of his hand.

OBI WAN KENOBI

Bail Organa wants their memories wiped.

MILES BANNO

No problem. When do you need it done?

OBI WAN KENOBI

As soon as possible.

Miles Banno fits a restraining bolt on C3PO. Threepio immediately shuts down. Miles goes to place a bolt on Artoo. Obi Wan stops him.

OBI WAN KENOBI

Not that one. How much does it cost to wipe the memory?

MILES BANNO

Hmm. For this one, I'd say about three fifty.

Obi Wan pulls a card from his pocket. He hands it to Miles.

OBI WAN KENOBI

Take three-fifty for the memory wipe, and another five hundred for keeping your mouth closed.

He looks at it, then scans it.

MILES BANNO

Is there something special about this droid?

Artoo beeps and whistles excitedly.

OBI WAN KENOBI

There is.

(to Artoo)

Don't you forget this, my little friend.

As Obi Wan leaves, Miles calls after him.

MILES BANNO

What do you want me to do when I'm done?

OBI WAN KENOBI

Send them to the loading dock. Put them programming load lifters, or something.

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INT ALDERAAN - ROYAL PALACE - MEDICAL FACILITY - EVENING

Anakin sits in a chair next to Amidala's bed. She strokes his hand and tries to comfort him.

AMIDALA

We just have to go on.

ANAKIN

How can you say that? That was your child.

Tears form and trickle down Amidala's cheeks.

AMIDALA

I have to. I can't bring him back any more than you can.

ANAKIN

We can heal Luke.

AMIDALA

I won't let them do surgery on him.

ANAKIN

With the force. We can heal him.

AMIDALA

Do you know how to do that?

ANAKIN

I know someone who does. Come with me back to Coruscant.

AMIDALA

I don't want to leave Luke.

An AIDE enters.

AIDE

Anakin Skywalker? You have a message from Coruscant.

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INT ALDERAAN - ROYAL PALACE - PRIVATE ROOM - CONTINUING

The holographic image of Emperor Palpatine addresses Anakin.

PALPATINE

I received a message from Mandalore, War Chief of the Mandalorians. He is willing to negotiate a truce. You will take Aurra Sing and negotiate on behalf of the Empire.

ANAKIN

Where is he?

PALPATINE

He has agreed to meet at Kashyyyk.

ANAKIN

It shall be done.

PALPATINE

Now, I sense you have something to ask me.

ANAKIN

Can you heal broken lungs?

PALPATINE

The force is strong, but it takes time. You must turn yourself completely over to the will of the force.

ANAKIN

My son, Luke, is not breathing well.

The door opens and Amidala enters. She gasps as she sees Palpatine standing there.

PALPATINE

Greetings, Lady Skywalker.

(to Anakin)

Bring him to me. I will heal him.

The image fades out.

Amidala's eyes grow fearful. She shakes her head slowly, backing towards the door.

AMIDALA

No.

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EXT ALDERAAN - DOCKING BAY - DAY

Amidala, Shmi, and Rabe stand with Obi Wan. Anakin and Aurra Sing stand by Anakin's ship.

ANAKIN

I have some business to take care of. I'll meet you on Coruscant.

OBI WAN KENOBI

The Council needs all the Jedi they can get. We need you, Anakin.

ANAKIN

We will see when we get to Coruscant.

AMIDALA

Your mother and Rabe will stay with the children.

ANAKIN

Children?

Amidala quickly turns to Rabe, panic evident in her eyes.

RABE

It is a Naboo tradition to stay at the burial place of a child until the child's soul is with the ancients.

ANAKIN

How long is that?

RABE

Seventeen days.

SHMI SKYWALKER

We will take care of Luke, Anakin. You just come back to us. We miss you.

ANAKIN

I'll be back.

Amidala kisses Anakin goodbye.

AMIDALA

I'll see you on Coruscant.

Anakin gets in his ship with Aurra Sing and takes off.

Amidala turns to Rab, genuine thanks shining in her face.

AMIDALA

Thank you ... for covering my slip.

SHMI SKYWALKER

We will protect the children. I will not let them be taken.

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EXT KASHYYYK - DAY

A huge Mandalorian flagship orbits the planet. Several warships accompany the flagship. Fighters swarm around the ship.

Anakin's ship approaches without escort. A squad of fighters surround his ship, preventing him from doing anything but proceed.

Anakin pilots his ship into a docking bay.

INT MANDALORIAN FLAGSHIP - HANGAR - CONTINUING

Anakin exits. Aurra Sing follows. Mandalorian Supercommandos immediately take Aurra Sing's weapons. However, they leave Anakin's lightsaber alone.

They lead Anakin and Aurra Sing away.

INT MANDALORIAN FLAGSHIP - CONFERENCE ROOM - CONTINUING

The conference room is empty. Anakin and Aurra Sing look out the large windows to the planet below.

AURRA SING

Why are we here? And don't give me any more cryptic answers.

ANAKIN

Mandalore is willing to negotiate.

AURRA SING

And so Palpatine picked you? Not a negotiator?

ANAKIN

I don't question his motives.

AURRA SING

You should.

The doors slide open. Mandalore and his SECOND enter. The Second wears a war mask, hiding his identity.

MANDALORE

You are Anakin Skywalker?

ANAKIN

Yes. You must be Mandalore.

MANDALORE

Your Emperor speaks highly of you.

Mandalore turns to Aurra Sing. His eyes seem to burn right through her.

MANDALORE

And this must be Aurra Sing, your Second.

AURRA SING

I work alone.

MANDALORE

So I have been told.

ANAKIN

What do you want to negotiate?

MANDALORE

There are certain individuals that must be removed before we can proceed with peace in your Empire.

ANAKIN

I'm sure we can work a compromise.

MANDALORE

There will be no compromises. Your Emperor assured me of this.

Anakin looks to Aurra Sing to gauge her reaction.

AURRA SING

Anakin, I don't think we should be here.

MANDALORE

Feeling out of place? Uncomfortable? Frightened? You have no more mask to hide behind, Aurra Sing. You betrayed the Emperor.

ANAKIN

What?

MANDALORE

I see she hasn't told you. She was hired to kill you. That's why she brought you here.

ANAKIN

Wait a minute?

AURRA SING

He's lying. I was never sent to kill you.

ANAKIN

You were going to kill Amidala.

AURRA SING

Yeah, but I didn't.

MANDALORE

She has been hiding for the last four years.

(to Aurra Sing)

You cannot run anymore.

Aurra Sing reaches for her lightsaber, but it is gone.

Mandalore's Second steps forward into the light. He removes his helmet.

Aurra Sing's already white face grows three shades lighter as she pales.

AURRA SING

I killed you.

MANDALORE'S SECOND

There can be only one Boba Fett.

He raises a disintegration blaster.

AURRA SING

(very frightened)

Anakin!

The Second fires. Aurra Sing turns to Anakin as the disintegration beam hits her. Her eyes plead for help. She disintegrates right in front of him.

Anakin flashes out his lightsaber. Mandalore steps between the two of them.

MANDALORE

You see? Now we can proceed.

ANAKIN

You didn't have to kill her.

MANDALORE

We could not have done it without you, Anakin Skywalker. Your betrayal will be long remembered.

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INT CORUSCANT - IMPERIAL PALACE - ENTRYWAY - SAME TIME

Amidala approaches the stormtroopers stationed on duty.

AMIDALA

I demand to see Emperor Palpatine.

STORMTROOPER

Let me see your identification.

AMIDALA

I am Amidala Skywalker.

Two red cloaked Imperial Guards approach silently. The Stormtrooper looks up at them. He stands aside and lets her pass. The guards turn and escort Amidala to the elevator.

INT CORUSCANT - IMPERIAL PALACE - EMPEROR'S THRONE ROOM - CONTINUING

The Imperial Guards stop at the elevator doors. Amidala continues and stalks right up to the base of the stairs leading to the throne.

Palpatine slowly turns his throne around. His dark cowl shadows his features, but it is obvious that his face is showing tremendous signs of aging.

PALPATINE

Welcome Queen Amidala.

This catches Amidala off guard. She falters momentarily.

PALPATINE

I know of your little charade. But you don't fool me.

AMIDALA

What are you doing with Anakin?

PALPATINE

Skywalker has chosen the path of darkness. Even now, his betrayal has killed another friend.

AMIDALA

What are you talking about?

PALPATINE

The assassin, Aurra Sing, will no longer be a nuisance.

AMIDALA

(shakily)

He ... killed her?

PALPATINE

He betrayed her. Now she is dead. Her death makes him more my servant.

AMIDALA

You leave him alone!

Amidala pulls a blaster from under her robes. She points it directly at Palpatine. He laughs at her pathetic threat.

AMIDALA

I'll kill you. I swear I will.

PALPATINE

Your puny weapons are insignificant compared to the power of the force.

Palpatine waves his hand. Her blaster flies away. She looks up at him in horror.

PALPATINE

And now, Amidala, you will die.

Bolts of force lightning stream down from Palpatine's fingers and shoot into Amidala. She falls to the ground, writhing in pain and screaming.

AMIDALA

Anakin!

And still she fights to get up. She glares at Palpatine through tear-filled eyes.

Smoke rises from her burning body. Palpatine stops and laughs at her.

PALPATINE

You will die slowly. I want you to suffer and know that your child is mine.

Amidala mouths the word, "No" before collapsing.

PALPATINE

(continuing; to Imperial Guards)

Take her away.

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INT JEDI TEMPLE - COUNCIL CHAMBER - SAME TIME

Obi Wan enters quickly. He looks at the dark faces of his fellow Council members.

OBI WAN KENOBI

Who?

MACE WINDU

Adi Gallia is dead.

YODA

The Dark Side grows stronger.

MACE WINDU

They wrote the word "SITH" in her blood on the wall.

OBI WAN KENOBI

What would you have me do?

MACE WINDU

Where is Anakin Skywalker?

OBI WAN KENOBI

He had some business to attend to. He should arrive on Coruscant shortly.

YODA

When he arrives, bring him before us.

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INT JEDI TEMPLE - TRAINING ARENA - CONTINUING

The arena is empty. All the available Jedi knights and Padawans have gone to prepare for the upcoming battle.

Obi Wan winces in pain as a scream for help lances through his mind.

OBI WAN KENOBI

Amidala.

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INT CORUSCANT - SKYWALKER RESIDENCE - CONTINUING

Amidala lies sprawled on the floor. Her wounds ooze onto the carpeting.

Obi Wan opens the door and sees her on the floor.

OBI WAN KENOBI

Amidala!

He rushes to her side and checks her pulse.

OBI WAN KENOBI

Hold on.

He pulls out his comlink.

OBI WAN KENOBI

I have a medical emergency in apartment three five oh one. Send a medical crew up here immediately.

Anakin appears at the door.

ANAKIN

Amidala!

Anakin throws Obi Wan away from his wife.

ANAKIN

What did you do to her?

Anakin cradles Amidala's body in his arms.

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