- "This sequence doesn't have much music. It has to be a heartrending tug-of-war between good and evil. I think it should be told through Anakin's point of view. If Palpatine dies, Padmé dies, too—in Anakin's mind, it's Padmé who's being killed, not Palpatine. The overriding factor here is tension."
- ―George Lucas speaks to John Williams regarding the music of a scene that would eventually feature "Padmé's Ruminations"
On October 14, 2004, composer John Williams and director George Lucas discussed the music to be used for the scene where Anakin Skywalker sits alone in the Jedi Council Chamber in agony. Lucas stated that the scene requires little music, which should convey the conflict within Skywalker between the life of his lover, Padmé Amidala, whom he was unwilling to let go of in his greed, and the greater good. Lucas and Williams further discussed about using a pre-established theme from the Star Wars saga. Lucas thought that a combination of "The Emperor's Theme" from Episode VI Return of the Jedi and "The Force Theme" from Episode IV A New Hope might work, and Williams replied that he himself liked the idea.
Ultimately, a new motif, "Padmé's Ruminations," was created for the scene. Featuring a chorus performed by London Voices, the motif is included in a track of the same name, in which the melody of the "Ruminations" motif is followed by the Palpatine's machinations motif. The last notes of "Padmé's Ruminations" in the track are interwoven with "Across the Stars."