In this behind the scenes clip from Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7, watch Dave Filoni along with Ray Park and the rest of the crew, discuss the making of Maul and Ahsoka Tano’s climactic battle on Mandalore.
The series finale also puts Maul in a different light, possibly even as….a hero?
In the most pivotal moment in the episode, Maul asks Ahsoka to join him to stop the chaos that Darth Sidious is about to unleash. On some level, this makes sense: Darth Maul would have been aware that some kind of “revenge” against the Jedi would happen, after all, one of his only lines of spoken dialogue in a Star Wars film comes is when he says “At last, we shall have our revenge” in The Phantom Menace.
Ironically, now that the literal revenge of the Sith is about to engulf the galaxy, the guy who spoke that iconic threat actively wants to prevent said revenge from taking place. To add another layer of irony, Maul is, of course, 100 percent correct. If he and Ahsoka were to kill Anakin before Order 66 really got going, it’s feasible things could have been better off. The most interesting thing about all of this is that Maul wanted Obi-Wan Kenobi to come to Mandalore, not Ahsoka. This strongly implies Maul would have petitioned Obi-Wan to team-up and kill Anakin, together.
When you consider that Obi-Wan decides to kill Anakin himself literally a day or two after this episode of The Clone Wars happens all of this gets very interesting. Had Maul made this request a teensy tiny bit later, Obi-Wan would have agreed with him, which leads to this question: Could Obi-Wan and Darth Maul, working together, have taken Anakin, and then, teaming-up with Yoda, taken out Palpatine, too?
Technically, Obi-Wan did defeat Anakin, but by the time that happened, it was kind of too late. If everyone had listened to Maul, you could argue the galaxy might have been saved.
Star Wars Clone Wars airs on Disney+.