Star Wars: Rebels killed off a MAJOR character

Joe Anderton
Photo credit: Disney XD / Lucasfilm

From Digital Spy

Warning: this article contains serious spoilers for the latest episode of Star Wars: Rebels which has aired in the US, but won't premiere in the UK until Thursday (March 23).

No, seriously.

If you don't want to know then don't scroll past the daddy of Star Wars spoilers.

Darth Maul is dead. We all thought the Sith Lord had died in 1999's The Phantom Menace when Obi-Wan Kenobi chopped him in half, until Star Wars: The Clone Wars revealed he was still alive and dangerous.

Maul survived the Clone Wars and has since became a major antagonist on Star Wars: Rebels and although he isn't directly involved in the battle between the Rebel Alliance and Galactic Empire, he has been working hard to turn main character Ezra Bridger to the Dark Side.

But that all came to an end when Maul used Ezra to locate his old enemy on Tattooine. Maul attacked Kenobi in a bid to get revenge but, before you know it, the Jedi Master cut his enemy down in one move.

Here is their 'fight' in GIF form:

It was all deliberately very underplayed, but after all the hype that had built-up around the rematch, fans were very mixed over how they felt seeing it actually unfold:

Dave Filoni, showrunner for The Clone Wars and Rebels, was well aware of the potential controversy when he directed the episode.

"It was a much-discussed thing on how that was gonna go down," he told io9.

"The instinct would be, and probably, I admit, the expectation, is for some kind of prolonged lightsaber battle. But I've done a lot of prolonged lightsaber battles over the years.

"It starts to matter less and less how you swing a sword or how creatively you do it if there's not a lot riding on it."

Photo credit: Disney XD / Lucasfilm

Filoni also revealed that Maul's tactics are very similar to how he killed Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace, but "to show growth, Obi-Wan is ready for that and slices it right in half". Clever, no?

He additionally stated that Maul was originally meant to fight Darth Vader in the season two finale, but it would have been too much fan service.

With Maul put to rest, the current season of Rebels is heading straight into its finale, but fear not - a fourth season has already been confirmed.

We wonder if we'll see more links to the recently released Rogue One - like Forrest Whitaker's character Saw Gerrera.

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