With rumors surfacing about an animated Darth Maul series in development, there are a number of questions regarding the former Sith Lord and the overall Star Wars timeline which a potential Maul-centric series could answer. While he began as the first apprentice to Darth Sidious in the Skywalker saga, Maul soon evolved and became so much more after being rejected by his master in the turmoil of The Clone Wars. Furthermore, while Maul would go on to form one of the galaxy’s greatest criminal enterprises, there are still large portions of his history that remain unknown by the time of his death in Star Wars Rebels.
First appearing in The Phantom Menace, Darth Maul served as the apprentice of Darth Sidious who was publicly known to the Republic as Palpatine. However, after killing Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn during the Battle of Naboo, Maul was defeated and cut in two by Qui-Gon’s apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi. A decade later, Maul was found by his long-lost brother Savage Oppress during the Clone Wars having gone insane, his rage and connection to the dark side ensuring the survival of what remained of his body despite his broken mind. After being restored by Savage and the Nightsisters of Dathomir, Maul begins a revenge quest against Obi-Wan Kenobi. Maul would then create a Shadow Collective of criminal organizations that would eventually turn into Crimson Dawn after the end of the Clone Wars. What’s more, the Empire’s rise to power ultimately saw Maul’s final duel with Kenobi on the desert world of Tatooine where he would meet his true end.
However, there are some major gaps in the Star Wars timeline as it relates to Maul’s history, and, as such, an animated series specifically focused on the former Sith-lord-turned-crime-boss would be most welcome. Not only is he an immensely popular character who’s only become better and more dynamic over time, but there are no doubt some very interesting chapters of his dark life that have not yet been told.
The Biggest Star Wars Timeline Gaps A Maul Show Can Fill
The most likely time period for a potential series about Maul would be in the years just after Revenge of the Sith. According to what’s been seen later on down the line such as in his brief cameo in Solo: A Star Wars Story and his role in Star Wars Rebels, Maul’s criminal empire came into power along with the Empire’s rise out of the ashes of the Republic and the fall of the Jedi Order. However, the details of how Maul began to lead Crimson Dawn have yet to be revealed.
Furthermore, it’s also possible that an animated Maul series could adapt the comic miniseries inspired by cut episodes from The Clone Wars’ sixth season (titled Son of Dathomir), which sees Maul’s escape after his defeat and imprisonment by his former master Darth Sidious, when his power became too great for Sidious to ignore. The miniseries also saw Maul temporarily capturing Count Dooku and General Grievous just before he and his Shadow Collective would lay siege to Mandalore, as seen in Clone Wars’ seventh and final season. Perhaps this gap in Darth Maul’s Clone Wars history could be explained via flashbacks while the present focuses on the timeline, where Maul navigates the galaxy leading Crimson Dawn before Star Wars Rebels.
Where Did Maul Go After Order 66?
One of the first questions a possible Maul series should answer is where he went after the fall of the Jedi Order and the Republic. Having been captured after his duel with Ahsoka Tano during the Siege of Mandalore, Maul was freed during the chaos of Star Wars’ Order 66. Making his way to the hanger and securing a ship, Maul left for some unknown destination. Seeing as how he had ordered his Shadow Collective to scatter in response to the end of the Republic, it’s likely that Maul was looking to reform his criminal empire, though perhaps he returned to his homeworld of Dathmir to regroup and seek council from the spirits of the Nightsisters.
Maul’s Creation Of Crimson Dawn
While Solo: A Star War Story reveals Maul as the true leader of Crimson Dawn, while Paul Bettany’s Dryden Vos acted as his figurehead, how did Maul turn Crimson Dawn into a major criminal enterprise after Revenge of the Sith? It makes sense that Maul chose to lead from the shadows to stay off Palpatine/Sidious’ radar (who had become the new Emperor), though the exact timing and reasons why Maul led Crimson Dawn in the first place are unclear. The Shadow Collective of The Clone Wars was formed so he could get his revenge on Kenobi by taking over the planet Mandalore, but the reasoning behind his leadership of the Dawn remains somewhat vague beyond a general desire for power considering that fact that the Dawn seemingly plays no part in Maul’s final meeting with Kenobi.
What Happened To Maul & Qi’ra After Solo: A Star Wars Story
It’s also unknown what exactly happened to Emilia Clarke’s Qi’ra and Maul after she killed Vos and took his place as Crimson Dawn’s public leader. While Maul ordered her to come to Dathomir and claimed that the two of them would be working much more closely, the final scene of Solo is the only time they’re seen together in the Star Wars timeline thus far. How much did Qi’ra learn from Maul, and what was their relationship like?
While Marvel Comics is currently revealing the new purpose of a reborn Crimson Dawn with Lady Qi’ra as its new leader years later after Empire Strikes Back, it’s without Darth Maul who’s already dead at this point in the timeline. While Qi’ra seems to be using the secrets and training she received from Maul such as her knowledge of the Emperor and Vader’s true roles as Sith Lords, a potential Maul series needs to take the time to look back before the formation of the Rebellion to reveal what happened to Qi’ra and Maul during the height of the Empire’s power over the galaxy.
How Did Maul Lose Crimson Dawn Before His Star Wars Rebels Appearance?
Last but not least, another major question that a Maul series would need to answer is how Maul lost control of the Dawn and/or gave up his power as its leader to Qi’ra. By the time of his appearance in the Star Wars Rebels animated series, Maul is alone on the ancient Sith world of Malachor, searching for a powerful holocron containing the knowledge he seeks: Obi-Wan Kenobi’s hidden location. Having refocused his efforts to gain revenge on his nemesis, Rebels’ version of Maul sees him operating solo before facing Kenobi on Tatooine, resulting in a final duel that resulted in his true death. However, Maul doesn’t act as though he still has the resources of a large criminal empire before he finds Kenobi. This begs the question: what happened to Maul’s Crimson Dawn between Solo and Star Wars Rebels?