Thursday, February 17, 2011

Clone Wars Speculation: No Darth Maul Until Season 4?

Darth Maul as seen in Witches of the Mist

With the revelation of the next story arc featuring Even Piell and Captain Tarkin (starting this Friday 2/18 with "Citadel"), and the revelation that Chewbacca will be preparing in the two-part season finale ("Padawan Lost & "Wookiee Hunt"), it leaves me wondering where we are with the story of Savage "Opress and Darth Maul.

It seems more likely then not that we will not be seeing either Opress or Maul again this season unless it is in the closing minutes of the Season Finale as a way to tease what is to come in Season 4.

This makes a lot of sense if you think about what is coming in 2012.  We are ramping up to what is going to be a massive marketing push by Lucasfilm across all platforms for the 3D Release of Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace. 

We know that TPM will be released in 3D in 2012, it is speculated (Here) that the release will occur in February of 2012. Though I think it probably ends up a little closer to Spring but before the big Summer movie releases.  May anyone?

It also has been announced by Del Rey that we will have paperback re-issues of two TPM related novels in Spring of 2012, Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter and The Phantom Menace: Novelization, replete with new short stories in each book.

This Spring and Summer as they start the marketing campaign for Season 4 of The Clone Wars and for TPM 3D, I am sure the main character of the marketing push will be Darth Maul.  Just as we had Savage Opress as a central figure in the TCW Season 3 marketing, we will see it to even a greater degree with Maul. 

This is just speculation on my part but I think Season 4 will have a large portion of it as a detour from what we think of traditionally as the Clone Wars.  I believe we will see Opress training under Maul, then those two forging a third faction in the galaxy that is openly opposed to both the Separatists and the Republic, and covertly opposed to Darth Sidious' machinations as Maul tries to supplant him as the heir to Darth Bane's legacy. 

What ever form the Darth Maul story in TCW takes, I don't think we will be seeing it until next season.

What do you think?


  1. honestly how cool would it be to have Maul and Oppress running around throwing kinks in darth Sidious' plans. This is the first time that there has been more then 2 sith since the rule of two began. Darth Sidious, Darth Tyrannus, Darth Maul its going to be one hell of a season if they focus on that aspect because remember we no longer have ventress as Dooku's underling and she is a wildcard now also. We don't know where she goes from here. So i think season 4 will shape up nicely. I wonder if they will do an Oppo Rancissis and A'Sharad Hett models that would be cool to see.

  2. People.. Darth Maul is dead in Star Wars: Phantom Menace, how it could be that he is resurrected? I guess Darth Sidious has knowledge of his master to create life hmmm..

  3. We all had high hopes for Season 3, but in the end - 50% of it was crap! Looked nice in the trailer, but much of it was pointless! I hope they do not deal to much with the has-beens Sith like Maul and Sidious and concentrate on the war and Separatists!