Darth Maul has had one complicated timeline in the Star Wars universe. Following the Sith lord through The Phantom Menace, finding new life in Star Wars The Clone Wars, becoming a crime lord in Solo, and meeting his end in Star Wars Rebels, can be hard to follow. But don’t worry, IGN is here to help.
Maul’s story started long before his first encounter with Jedi masters Obi Wan Kenobi and Qui Gon Jinn. It all started on the planet Dathomir, where Darth Sidious (future Emperor Palpatine) took him under his win and trained him as his Sith apprentice.
But it’s Ray Park’s Darth Maul performance that first got Star Wars fans attention. Obi Wan and Maul might have had multiple light saber battles throughout the series, but when fans think of the “Obi-Wan vs Darth Maul” duel, it’s the one where Ewan McGregor cuts him in half on Naboo.
The last person you would have expected to survive The Phantom Menace was Darth Maul. The Clone Wars, though, is where he next shows up and ends up playing a crucial role in the series. He starts a crime syndicate and uses it to establish a sham government on Mandalore. And the response from the Republic, lead by vy the former Jedi Ashoka Tano, that ultimately leads to the Siege of Mandalore in Clone Wars season 7. During the siege, as Ahsoka and Maul duel it out, Darth Sidious delivers the order, “Execute Order 66.”
Order 66 was first mentioned in Star Wars Revenge of the Sith- shortly after Anakin Skywalker becomes Darth Vader and commits himself to the eradication of the Jedi. But in the Clone Wars, Order 66 was a more fully fleshed out plot point, because of what we already know about the event.
Because of his great escape on Mandalore and with the help of an allied Mandalorian or two, Order 66 missed out on killing Darth Maul. Death, though, still came for him in Star Wars Rebels. Kenobi ultimately had to kill him in the series to protect the secret location of Luke Skywalker.
Darth Maul’s story arc has spanned across movies, tv shows, and even the star wars comics published by Marvel. Yes, he may be dead, but he might not be forgotten. There are plenty of moments in Maul’s life that still haven’t been fleshed out. His life of crime can still be explored, but most fans are wondering how the Darksaber will be used in The Mandalorian Season 2. There is plenty of Star Wars theory surrounding that weapon’s first live-action appearance.