One of the biggest disappointments when it came to The Phantom Menace (aside from the annoying Jar Jar Binks) was that they kill off one of the franchise's coolest villains without letting us get to know him better. Darth Maul was a badass character, rocking the double lightsabers with a freakish appearance that made him look like an offspring of the devil. In my opinion, he was the scariest of villains in those prequels, and it was a shame George Lucas decided to cut him in half and throw him away at the end of Phantom Menace. Funnily enough, all these years later, Lucas looks to be feeling the same way.
Last season on The Clone Wars, Lucas and Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni tacked on a storyline that involved Darth Maul's people, not only providing more backstory on where this character came from, but also teasing Maul himself through a crystal ball. And now, EW has premiered a new teaser for The Clone Wars that -- you guessed it-- teases the return of Darth Maul for the new season, which debuts this spring conveniently around the same time The Phantom Menace returns to theaters in 3D. But how in the world do you bring a character back from the dead when the last we saw was him being cut in half?
Even Filoni agrees it's pretty insane. “I found it funny in The Phantom Menace when Darth Maul got cut in half,” Filoni tells EW. “I thought George was definitively saying to the fans, ‘There’s no way this character is coming back. This is not a Boba Fett/Sarlacc Pit situation where, because of fan love, Boba gets out of that thing any number of ways.’ Fast-forward ten-years, and I’m the one to bring Maul back.”
Filoni later adds that Maul's return is in part fueled by the fact that he was underutilized in Phantom Menace, but also understands that his resurrection will be difficult to pull off, storywise. “First of all, how does he survive getting cut in half?” says Filoni. “Plus, he fell! And also, don’t forget Obi-Wan Kenobi is still around, so I’m sure Maul wouldn’t be very happy with him.”
It sounds pretty silly, but a little part of us can't help but be a tiny bit interested in seeing Maul return to fight Obi-Wan and now a grown-up Anakin. What do you think?
Check out Maul's death scene below in Phantom Menace, and the new teaser over at EW.