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Star Wars: Rebels brought back Darth Maul this week for a fitting duel

Star Wars: Rebels brought back Darth Maul this week for a fitting duel


Kenobi vs. Maul, Redux

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Ever since the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series brought back Darth Maul from the grave, the horned Sith has had a bone to pick with Obi-Wan Kenobi — rightfully so, given that Kenobi famously cut off Maul’s legs and dumped him into a reactor shaft after Maul murdered Obi-Wan’s teacher, Qui-Gon Jinn, in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. (Star Wars character names are really something.)

Spoilers for Star Wars: Rebels below.

Over the course of The Clone Wars, the pair have clashed on several occasions, but in the Twin Suns episode of Rebels’ third season, Maul finally hunts down Obi-Wan in his seclusion on Tatooine for one final confrontation.

An incredibly fitting ending for the character

As with the original fight between Maul and Kenobi, Obi-Wan is able to come up victorious. (That’s fairly obvious, given that Obi-Wan is still around in A New Hope, while Maul is nowhere to be seen in that film or its two sequels.) And while the duel is brief, ending in mere seconds, as opposed to the flamboyant, acrobatic duel between the two in The Phantom Menace, it’s an incredibly fitting ending for the character. While Maul hunts down Kenobi for revenge, Obi-Wan is only willing to fight once Maul threatens Luke, and Maul is brought down by his own haste and arrogance.

But, as Rebels producer Dave Filoni pointed out in an interview with io9, Kenobi’s victory is even more fitting. Watch closely — Maul attempts the exact same block that he used to kill Qui-Gon in The Phantom Menace. But this time, Obi-Wan parries the blow, and he avenges his master’s death while defending the hope of the galaxy.

Update March 22nd, 6:10PM: Updated headline to avoid spoilers.