A recent Star Wars 8 plot theory puts Darth Maul's continued existence in the official canon, and he may wind up being Supreme Leader Snoke. According to the HashTag Show's YouTube channel, they think the current canon proves him to be alive via the Rebels animated series. It was also quite a surprise to have seen Maul in Clone Wars, and there were a few strings that had been left dangling with its abrupt ending via Lucasfilm Animations.Audiences saw he was cut right in two by Ben Kenobi before he fell into the depths. Since Lucasfilm hit the reset button on all of that, the theory now has it that Maul could be alive in the official canon, and he could be Supreme Leader Snoke.
Ending To Clone Wars And Darth Maul's Story
The Clone Wars animated series was announced by Lucasfilm Animations to be ending, via a news piece by the Mary Sue.
"After five highly successful and critically acclaimed seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, we feel the time has come to wind down the series. While the studio is no longer producing new episodes for Cartoon Network, we're continuing production on new Clone Wars story arcs that promise to be some of the most thrilling adventures ever seen. Stay tuned for more information on where fans can soon find this bonus content."
Darth Maul had left off in a battle against Sidious but was overcome by Force Lightning. He was subdued and not killed because Sidious knew he could still use him to lure Mother Talzin into the open.The Clone Wars cancellation left some loose ends to be tied "both in-story and in real life," according to Newsarama. So these arcs were mentioned in the future to include either webisodes or some other format post-Clone Wars. There was reported news of a comic book released in May of 2014 that continued the story of Darth Maul.
Enter The Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir Series
Any Star Wars comic book fan is aware of the four-part comic series Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir. This was released in 2014 and with it the explanation of Darth Maul's situation. In part four of the series, he escapes from his former master, Darth Sidious/The Emporer. However, it was of no concern to Sidious because he was confident that Maul is no longer a threat and he can usher the Sith to its destiny.Darth Maul's mother, Talzin, is killed at the hands of General Grievous, and Maul goes into hiding.
Star Wars Rebels: Darth Vader And Maul To Face-Off
This is where the Supreme Leader Snoke theories start to come together. According to SciFied, news of Maul was confirmed to meet with Vader in Season 2, but that never happened. The video by HashTag said they confirmed news that Darth Vader and Darth Maul himself will battle it out in Rebels. This is set to happen in Season 3, according to Game N Guide.
This show is under the Disney umbrella and thus under the official canon as the show exists between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. With that said, the theory indicates that Darth Maul is very much alive in the official canon of Star Wars.The theory continues that Vader and Maul will sustain significant injuries. The Rogue One trailer shows a cloaked figure assumed to be Vader making his way to a Bacta Tank while Maul is healed by a member of the Nightsisters via a meditation healing chamber. During this course, he possibly could have stayed in this state leading up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
After Vader is healed, he is theorized to never have fully recovered from his physical injuries. This may explain his slower, clunkier movements as seen in the original trilogy and his fights against the more agile Luke Skywalker.
How Far Off Is This Theory?
There were other theories involving this news pieced together by HashTag such as the likenesses of Snoke and Darth Maul's voices, accent and all. Although Snoke was missing horns and scarring, that could be explained away by battle wounds incurred by Vader and so on. Such is the life of a battle-worn Sith.
Do you think Darth Maul could be Supreme Leader Snoke? Isn't it great just to speculate about the mastermind behind all this?
Star Wars 8 is set to open in theaters on December 15, 2017.
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