ByMatthew Chapman, writer at Creators.co
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Matthew Chapman

Star Wars Rebels is the Disney XD series that is set 14 years after Revenge of the Sith, and 5 years before A New Hope. During this time, the Galactic Empire ruled over the galaxy, but a ragtag group of rebel fighters united in the fight to take down the Empire.

Over its two and a half seasons, the show has featured quite a few of familiar faces including Princess Leia, Grand Moff Tarkin, Ahsoka Tano, Lando Calrissian, Yoda and many more. It's been teased for a couple of months now, but we're finally about to see the second showdown between Darth Maul and Obi-Wan Kenobi on . You might remember their other epic bout from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace...

One of the best bits in 'The Phantom Menace' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
One of the best bits in 'The Phantom Menace' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]

Darth Maul Almost Died?!

However, it's recently been revealed that Darth Maul almost didn't leave to see this duel with the Jedi master. In Darth Maul's first Rebels appearance during the Season 2 finale, entitled 'Twilight of the Apprentice,' Darth Maul worked with former Padawan & rebel fighter Ezra to escape an ancient temple. But before they could get out, Darth Vader arrived for an epic showdown with the Rebel crew and Anakin's old apprentice, Ahsoka.

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In an interview with io9, executive producer revealed that Maul originally wasn't going to make it out of the temple alive.

"Originally in that episode you were gonna get Vader fighting Maul, Vader would have killed Maul, and then fought Ahsoka."

Why We Didn't See The Maul vs Vader Battle

Someone didn't find that punny! [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
Someone didn't find that punny! [Credit: 20th Century Fox]

I'm sure a lot of fans will be disappointed to hear how close we came to an epic battle between the former and current Sith lords. However, Filoni made a very convincing argument about why the fight never came to be:

"There were too many storylines, and there isn’t enough emotional material between Vader and Maul. The emotional drama was really between Vader and Ahsoka. So we decided to let Maul live."

Anyone who saw that climactic scene where Ahsoka and Vader duked it out would be hard-pushed to argue with the logic here. Although Star Wars gives us a lot of badass Siths and epic battles, it also gives us a lot of emotive plots, and character arcs almost unparalleled in modern sci-fi. Letting Ahsoka have this battle against Kenobi's other former apprentice delivered on both fronts.

has since gone on to star in two episodes of Season Three and, depending on the outcome of this week's episode, could be set to appear a lot more before the end of the this season.

Aside from appearing in The Phantom Menace and the previous animated show, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Darth Maul is now the focus on a new self-titled comic that delve in to Maul’s past before the prequels.

Tune in this Saturday to see Maul vs Kenobi: Round 2 on Disney XD.

Are you excited to see Darth Maul and Obi-Wan Kenobi duke it on Star Wars Rebels? Let us know in the comments below!


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