"It was implied that he could ruin her not that he definitively would. The same elements are played up with Luke in the OT.
I think the ending provides more of challenge than the obvious choice of killing or reinstating her. It's definitely not a total reset; she has a lot of emotional baggage.
The Clovis arch was going to deal with Anakin and Padme's relationship.
I liked Curry much better upon second viewing. He gives a good performance, but not necessarily a good performance as Palpatine."
Oh, I must be misremembering then, because I have this recollection of Son telling her essentially "you know your master is going to fuck you up, right?". I'll conceed on that point if my brain is just on the fritz again.
Well, if that's your read, you've got a right to it. For me though, SW is about gigantic, operatic melodrama, largely dependant on the inevitability of events. Asohka just taking her ball and going home feels like a gigantic mistep dramatically. There may be something (a little hamfisted) there about the council not trusting me, so why should I trust the council, but it doesn't seem to really hit home with Anakin like it should if we're supposed to be thinking about his frustration in RotS. Also, For HER it's more of a challenge, but the bigger picture is Anakin's inability to let go of ANYTHING, EVER. It was to try and force Anakin to get his shit together that the council assigned him a Padawan to begin with, no? So why, oh why, do you give him a daughter/little sister figure, then NOT brutally take that away from him and force the character to confront this flaw that will eventually destroy him? Or better yet, brutally force him to CHOOSE to destroy that? It just feels like a waste to me, and takes a safe way out. I mean, there's nothing irrevokable in Asohka's decision, no finality, and that means it ultimately isn't much of a sacrifice or choice at all - she can just walk on back in any time she feels like it. As a result, an opportunity to explore Anakin's reasoning for his eventual betrayal of the jedi (which is tragically underdeveloped in the PT - I'm not saying it's not there, but it's not explored as far as it needs to be) is tossed in favor of keeping a popular character, and incidentally a Disney Princess, around.
Wouldashouldacoulda. Clovis never aired, we have no clue what's been happening with Anakin and Padme. They made a call to remove Clovis from s5, and that has consequences, so no pass because they 'meant to get around to it'. My bigger beef with that whole thing is 'WHY IS PADME ACTING AS A DEFENSE ATTORNEY AT A TREASON HEARING?". She's a senator, and close to Asohka personally. If the jedi are so worried about appearances that they kick Asohka out of the order to stand military trial, why do they get a friend of hers to defend her? Why do they get a policy maker and politician and NOT THE BEST GODDAMN LAWYER ON CORUSCANT? What, in short, are Padme's qualifications to defend charges of treason and murder? It's bogus, and shoehorns Padme in because...well, because we haven't seen her in a long time.
Anyways, as I said earlier, I'm convinved Asohka will be back within the first few episodes of s6 (of, and that there will BE a s6) so all of this is academic