By now, everyone has probably seen the Star Wars Rebels episode "Twin Suns." It was a highly anticipated episode, teasing the long-awaited confrontation between Maul and Obi-Wan on Tatooine. They've been enemies for years, and I recently recapped their story. And so, after all this time, we see the end of a chapter in the saga, but also a turning point for a character in #StarWarsRebels.
Maul Versus Obi-Wan: It Could Only End This Way
When Obi-Wan cut Maul in half at the end of The Phantom Menace, he created an even greater monster. Maul survived, and was found by Savage Opress in a cave during Star Wars: The Clone Wars. However, a part of him was really dead; he lost himself in his hatred; he didn't live, but survive, which is very different.
His survival was only meant to enact his great revenge against Obi-Wan. All he ever did in The Clone Wars was serve one purpose. Yes, he built the Shadow Collective on Mandalore with criminals and the Death Watch, but for what? It was only to lure Obi-Wan there and kill Satine right in front of him.
In graphic novel Son of Dathomir, we saw Mother Talzin had a plan to get her revenge on Darth Sidious with the help of Maul, but even there #ObiWan had to show up and Maul fought him. No matter what Talzin did to him to bring his mind back, mentally, Maul never left that cave in which he was found. A final confrontation between the two was always meant to happen at one point.
Maul Escaped Death More Than Once In The Star Wars Saga
Star Wars Rebels was supposed to have Maul killed by Darth Vader in "Twilight Of The Apprentice," but it was considered too much for one episode, and so he was kept alive. As much as it would have seemed cool to see these two fight, eventually it was the right decision, as Maul's story is closely linked with Obi-Wan's and he was the only one who could end it. The two Maul episodes all lead to "Twin Suns," where he learned that Obi-Wan was alive, he could finally seek his final revenge.
The final Maul vs. Obi-Wan confrontation lead to Maul's death. It wasn't really a fight but more two enemies finding each other again and accepting it was time to end this. The "fight" lasted for two seconds, giving Obi-Wan just enough time to end him. Maul didn't stand a chance, despite preparing for years for this moment. Maul was desperate in this episode; he was at the end of his "surviving life" and that's probably why he failed. Obi-Wan was calm and the only reason he used his lightsaber was because Maul discovered something important was on Tatooine and that Obi-Wan was protecting it: Luke.
The end of Maul was actually sad in a way. He became one of the all-time favorite #StarWars villains, so seeing him die was like reaching the end of a great book and having to close it for good. Maul died in Obi-Wan's arms, which was beautiful. Obi-Wan closed Maul's eyelids after his death, showing a form of deep respect. It was also a perfect way to show that Maul had finished what he had to do and could peacefully move on. He was an enemy of the Sith, which was clear in his last words: "He [the Chosen One] will avenge us."
'Twin Suns' Embraced Previous Connections In The Saga
This episode connected the Prequels, The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Rogue One and the Originals together, and that's important. They were all connected to one another before, but "Twin Suns" really glued all of these shows and movies together in a satisfying way.
The first connection was Maul, obviously. With Rebels, we saw how Obi-Wan's adventures from the days of the Republic affected Old Ben and how he grew from it. That was thanks to Maul's story, which was developed across the Prequels and The Clone Wars, where it all culminated here in this episode.
The final scene featured Obi-Wan watching Lars's homestead, where Luke was called by his Aunt Beru. It brought feels from Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Old Ben had the exact same expression as he had in Episode III, as he watches Beru and Owen holding baby Luke.
I think in that moment Old Ben started to realize that things were soon going to change — leading us closer to A New Hope!
At the end of Revenge of the Sith, Bail Organa knew Obi-Wan went into exile on Tatooine. In Rogue One, we learned that Mon Mothma knew it as well and tasked Bail Organa to send someone (Leia, explaining her presence above Tatooine in A New Hope) to get the Jedi into the fight against the Empire. They were the only two who knew, and this episode showed that Bail lied to Rex and other rebels, telling them Obi-Wan was dead.
It made sense to feature this because, by lying to the others, Bail allowed Obi-Wan to avoid attention from the Empire, keeping his location a secret until the time was right to bring him into the Rebellion and reveal the truth. That's where you realize how a few words that may not seem relevant, but can actually be very important to the connective tissue of Star Wars. Obi-Wan wasn't present a lot in "Twin Suns," but his appearance helped link everything together.
Ezra Is Now Set On The Right Path
Since the end of Season 2, Ezra Bridger has been on a dark and uncertain path. He was drawn to Maul, and listened to him repeatedly, despite seeing how deceitful he had been previously. He even opened a Sith Holocron, which a Jedi cannot do. During Season 3, Ezra turned into something unpleasant, to the point where he "executed" Imperial troopers in the first double episode (we all remember that scene with the walker when they tried to escape the base!). In this episode, Ezra once again listened only to himself, going against Hera's orders.
"What you need, you already have." — Obi-Wan Kenobi
However, meeting Obi-Wan Kenobi changed Ezra for the better. Obi-Wan made him realize that what Ezra saw in the Holocrons was not exactly the "truth," but rather what he wanted to hear. His obsession with the Holocrons diverted him from what he needed. His talk with Old Ben reminded him of what he had: the Ghost (his family). That's where he belongs and that's what he needs. Now, Ezra is back on the path he used to be before Maul showed up. His focus is on the Rebellion and on doing things right.
This episode is one that will long be remembered. Maul's death closed a chapter in the saga and it will truly leave a hole in the hearts of fans. At the same time, this was one of these important moments in the Star Wars saga that uses the connective tissue to create turning points for the protagonist's story, putting Ezra back where he was supposed to be.
So what did you think of "Twin Suns"? Let us know in the comments!