Since the day the Emperor basically shoved him to the sides, Darth Maul has certainly become a wild card in the “Star Wars” lore. And with the scar-faced Sith back in the fold wreaking havoc in the last two episodes of “Star Wars Rebels” season 2 and his confirmed involvement moving forward, he opens a portal of connection that might link the animated show more with its big screen relatives.
Website Star Wars News cited an interesting plot point that might bring Obi-Wan Kenobi back in “Rebels,” especially with Maul rolling out a plan of its own. Dissecting a recently released character description for the double-edged saber wielding warrior, it is somehow hinting that Maul is back to seek revenge against those who have wronged him and build a squad of his own. Backtracking his history, the list of people he might be going after is considered long, but surely, Obi-Wan is somewhere up there in the first three slots.
“Now freed from the dark depths of Malachor, Maul is running amuck in the galaxy. Driven by a decades-long thirst for vengeance that risks clouding his sanity, the restless former Sith Lord hopes to heal old wounds by completing a task he should have done years ago. Though Maul has found the galaxy has changed much during his exile, the dark side trickster knows where a few secrets are buried,” Maul’s description reads (via Screen Rant).
Being sliced in half by the young Ben played by Ewan McGregor in “Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace,” it has arguably been the start of Maul’s fall from being Palpatine’s supposed protege. While being presumed as dead for quite a while, he makes his return in “The Clone Wars” which eventually leads him back as a stronger adversary in “Rebels.”
The theory is further backed up by a promotional photo posted on the official Twitter account of “Star Wars” featuring Maul’s and Obi Wan’s previous reunion in “The Clone Wars.” And while it does not say much, it might be a hint that another entanglement is to come. However, since “Rebels” season 3 has already finished production with the cast and crew now tackling season 4, the reunion might not happen until later seasons.
James Arnold Taylor who voices the Jedi master in the Disney XD show has previously shared that he does not have any involvement in the series’ upcoming installment. Nevertheless, the possibility that McGregor was tapped to do voice acting for Obi-Wan instead is still in the table. After all, the British actor has been very open in wanting to be involved in any “Star Wars” project. He also recently lent his voice for the very controversial vision that Daisy Ridley’s Rey had in “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.”
Maul is one of the two main villains for the third year run of “Rebels,” the other one being the newly canonized Grand Admiral Thrawn. And while both prove to be worthy opponents, Maul’s affiliation to nothing but himself makes him very dangerous especially when he continues to pull Ezra down the dark side.
“Star Wars Rebels” season 3 is set to premiere on Sept. 24, at 9:30 p.m. ET on Disney XD.