Cartoon Network has let it be known: Darth Maul is on his way back. The Sith Lord from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace began as the apprentice to Darth Sidious. But his demonic red face, horned head, and double-bladed lightsaber have kept the character incredibly powerful: even after his apparent death in the first film, at the hands of Obi-Wan Kenobi. But what if he wasn’t dead? What if Darth Maul somehow survived? This is the premise being explored later this season on Cartoon Network’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars – and frankly, we can’t wait to find out what happens!
Set between Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Cartoon Network’s CG animated series has some leeway with creative storytelling; able to dive into topics the movies could not. The toon has discussed Maul’s background before, noting he hailed from the Nightbrother clan on planet Dathomir, who inhabit the planet alongside the Nightsister clan.
Maul’s brothers, Feral and Savage Opress, have also appeared in the show – though Feral’s time was short, being murdered by his brother Savage Opress. It was suggested way back then that Maul had indeed died in the fatal Phantom Menace encounter.
But the Zabrak Sith apparently survived being cut in two. And, if we were to guess, he wasn’t very happy about it.
Though we only catch a few glimpses of the somehow-revived Darth Maul in the Cartoon Network teaser trailer, they make sure that we know the character is, in fact, returning. How he healed, and whom he will target for revenge, it’s not yet known. But Obi-Wan should watch his back — and I imagine the battle between the future Darth Vader versus Darth Maul is something many Star Wars fans have been waiting a long time to see.