While we're still looking forward to seeing Ahsoka face her former Jedi Master Anakin in what is sure to be a heartbreaking battle, the Season 2 finale, "Twilight Of The Apprentice," will also mark the return of another familiar face: Darth Maul.
Fans have been familiar with the potential appearance of the Sith Lord since the midseason trailer came out in January, and today we were able to get a closer look at the Old Master and his possible developing relationship with Ezra Bridger, who has long been pulled between the dark and light sides.
The video shows the much-older Darth Maul's interaction with Ezra, and actually paints the character in a somewhat sympathetic light.
Entertainment Weekly, who released the clip, was able to interview Star Wars Rebels' executive producer Dave Filoni. He gave us a bit of an insight into what we can expect from Darth Maul and Ezra in the season finale:
"We’ve taken all season long to educate viewers that maybe haven’t seen Ahsoka before about what her relationship to Vader is. But then we had this other thing where we all liked Maul… Maul could be a fantastic foil for Ezra, a counterpointed dark-side mentor. He’s not necessarily the dark-side Emperor Sith."
When asked if Darth Maul has any chance of redemption and how someone like the Force-sensitive Ezra comes to trust him, Filoni said that his character essentially boils down to power:
"He’s this person who has been on the dark-side, that has been thrown out repeatedly from the Emperor’s hierarchy but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a lot of the same tendencies as the Emperor and have the same desire for power. It became a really interesting story to tell, and a challenge, because at face value, Maul isn’t a guy you look at and go, ‘I trust you, devil-looking guy with horns on your head.’ So we had to paint an interesting picture here to get this kid to perhaps believe in him."
Darth Maul might be past his glory days, but he could still find a way to extend his power through another.
After surviving being severed in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi, living in his insanity for over a decade, and getting his butt Force lightning-ed by Darth Sidious, there's no denying that Maul is a survivor.
Since Rebels takes place about five years before the events of A New Hope, his character has a lot more staying power than the few lines of dialogue he was granted in Episode I. Perhaps Filoni will find a way to bring Darth Maul's influence into the new movies. As one commenter astutely pointed out in my last Rebels post, Benicio Del Toro would make a fantastic future Ezra.
No matter what you think is going to happen next week, it sounds like this episode is going to be an emotional rollercoaster.
The Season 2 finale of 'Star Wars Rebels' airs March 30 on Disney XD.
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(Source: Entertainment Weekly)