If you’re a fan of Cartoon Network’s The Clone Wars series (or you read my This Week in Science Fiction column), you’ve probably heard that Darth Maul is making a comeback on that series beginning with tonight’s episode entitled, appropriately enough, “Revenge.” How is Maul still alive after being bifurcated in The Phantom Menace? Well, you’ll have to watch the show to find out all the details, but actor Sam Witwer, who is voicing Maul, says it basically comes down to refusing to die.
Witwer revealed this tidbit and more about the challenges and thrills of voicing Maul’s resurrected self in an extensive interview with EW. But just because Maul has pulled himself together (ba-dum-bum!) doesn’t mean he’s in good shape. As Witwer explains, the toll of being defeated by Obi-Wan is actually a greater blow to the Sith than the whole being split in half thing.
The Sith don’t really look at death as a natural progression — they look at death as a defeat — so some of them hold onto their lives against all reasoning. They’re so egotistical that some of them don’t let go. And what happens to Vader physically is what happens to Darth Maul mentally. There’s a tremendous psychological price that he pays for what happens to him in Phantom Menace, for not just letting himself die.
So there you have it. Maul may not just be half the man he used to be, he may also be cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs as well. That doesn’t bode well for Obi-Wan, who probably had already scratched Maul off his shit-list owing to the whole cutting him in half. To make matters worse, in addition to being physically brutalized and mentally unstable, it sounds like Maul may also have taken a turn for the emo.
There was a plan, you know? The Clone Wars were coming. They were 10 years away when Maul was cut down, but they were coming, and this guy was going to be a part of it. And now, the party has started without him. It’s sad really, a real bummer to give up your whole life in service of this grand plan…and be killed right at the beginning of that plan.
Yes, my biggest disappointment upon being sliced in twain by a laser sword would be all the people I’ll never get to kill. Priorities, Maul. Priorities!
At any rate, Witwer suggests that Maul will “be around for a little bit,” and that his return to the Star Wars universe will have serious and far-reaching consequences. “Simple revenge [against Obi-Wan] isn’t good enough. It’s gotta be grand revenge, on a huge scale, and the galaxy’s going to know about it.”
Witwer is best known for his role as vampire Aidan on Syfy’s Americanized version of the British show Being Human. Maul isn’t his first foray into the Star Wars universe, either. He previously voiced the character of The Son in Clone Wars‘ previous season, and he lent both his voice and likeness to the Force Unleashed games, where he played Starkiller, Darth Vader’s secret apprentice.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars airs tonight at 8/7c on the Cartoon Network.