Since we met #DarthMaul in Episode I: The Phantom Menace, he has become a fan-favorite villain. With a double-bladed lightsaber and that badass look — what more to ask? Despite being cut in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi at the end of the movie, Maul survived and appeared in the Emmy Award-winning TV show Star Wars: The Clone Wars and now in Star Wars Rebels. In the mid-season trailer of Rebels, it was revealed at the end that Maul would once again face Obi-Wan Kenobi. So, before their showdown airs in March on Disney XD, I thought it would be good to take a look back at the story of revenge these two characters have.
More Than 10 Years Of Suffering
After The Phantom Menace, the next time we saw Maul was in the Season 4 Episode 21 "Brothers" of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It featured Savage Opress, Maul's brother, going to Lotho Minor. What Savage found there wasn't the same Maul we knew — he was completely crazy, insane. He was a bit like Gollum from The Lord Of The Rings, in his way he talked and moved. Talking about moving, since he was cut in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi, he had to get new "legs" that turned out to be some junk that made him look like a spider — scary!
What made him survive for more than 10 years? One single thing: His hatred for Obi-Wan Kenobi, that's what kept him alive. For some it may sound weird that Maul survived after being cut in half, but a phrase from Palpatine in Episode III Revenge of The Sith perfectly explains why is it possible that Maul survived:
"The Dark Side is a pathway to many abilities some consider unnatural."
Savage brought Maul back to their home on Dathomir so that Mother Talzin could "bring him back" to his normal self. That's when troubles started for Obi-Wan.
The Fight Continues
The first thing Maul did when he was back to his senses was draw Obi-Wan Kenobi into a trap in order to capture and torture him. Revenge, revenge, revenge — that's all Maul wanted, to make Obi-Wan pay for his 10 years of insanity. Obi-Wan was indeed captured and tortured, but what Maul hadn't anticipated was that Asajj Ventress would save Obi-Wan along the way. It lead to a new lightsaber duel between Obi-Wan and Maul. The fight was intense but Kenobi and Ventress didn't win and had to retreat. But this was just the beginning of Maul's revenge. This new Maul was more patient and had a masterplan in mind and that was going to be a lot of suffering for Obi-Wan.
Bringing Hell Upon Kenobi's World
Season 5 of The Clone Wars started with a victory of Obi-Wan against Maul despite the death of Adi Gallia, killed by Savage Opress. Maul failed at taking control of Hondo Ohnaka's pirates and had to retreat. However, this lead him to new allies and building an Empire of criminals - the Shadow Collective. He made his way to take control of Mandalore and lure Kenobi into another trap. Mandalore was a special place for Obi-Wan as it was there that Duchess Satine Kryze lived, the only woman he ever loved. And what Maul had prepared for him was more painful than death. He killed Satine in front of Obi-Wan's eyes making this scene of the most heartbreaking of the series! It broke Kenobi but this Empire of criminals also brought unexpected attention on Maul, making him loose a part of his Empire as Darth Sidious realized his former apprentice became a danger (read the canon comics Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir). Then what?
In The Darkness He Prepares For His Return
Next time we saw Maul was at the end of the second season of Star Wars Rebels. Despite the appearances, he was still his old manipulative self we saw in The Clone Wars and he was on a new quest - getting a Sith Holocron. At first, it was strange, why would he need a Sith Holocron? Was he really on a quest to destroy the Sith? No, of course not. There's only one thing that always interested him, one person - Obi-Wan Kenobi. And season 3 showed us once again that's what he was all about his revenge on Kenobi. His plan was to unite a Sith and Jedi Holocron and his vision gave him the answers he was looking for - Obi-Wan Kenobi was still alive. In his second episode of season 3, we were able to see his lair on Dathomir and it just showed after all these years he didn't change. He had Satine's portrait scratched hung on the wall, Kenobi written in something reminiscent of blood in another language. Is it really the place of a man who has turned the page? No. And his second episode ended with him knowing he would find his nemesis on a desert planet.
A Final Showdown on Tatooine?
The mid-season three trailer of Star Wars Rebels confirmed what every fan knew - there is going to be a Obi-Wan Kenobi vs Maul duel on Tatooine. The two characters first met on this planet in The Phantom Menace when Qui-Gon Jinn and Anakin were chased by Maul. The fact that the duel will take place on Tatooine could indicate the end of this long fight between the two characters and end this story where it all began, the circle would be complete. The answers are coming this March!
Will Maul survive his duel against Obi-Wan? Let us know in the comments!