Well…possibly. Maybe the tantalizing glimpse we got from Mother Talzin’s crystal ball of a very much alive Darth Maul is just a red herring. A red-and-black tattooed herring. But I know I speak for legions—not just the 501st legion, but legions—of Star Wars fans who’d love to see a Round Two between Obi-Wan and the Sith Lord who slew his master, Qui-Gon Jinn. Even though we know so little about him, even though he had so few lines of dialogue in The Phantom Menace, even though his screen time in Episode I is relatively brief, Maul remains a source of fascination for many Star Wars fans. If he’s alive, does he have prosthetic legs? Was he kept alive by the same Sith sorcery that ensured General Grievous’ and Darth Vader’s survival? Did he hire lawyer Bob Goldstein to sue the Jedi Order for damages? (“At last we shall have our revenge!”) Okay, that last one comes only from the mind of Seth Green.
The moral of “Witches of the Mist,” the last episode of the three-part arc about the Nightsisters that’s all but reinvented Star Wars: The Clone Wars, was “The path to evil may bring great power, but not loyalty.” Over the course of these episodes we’ve seen former Sith-wannabe Asajj Ventress select and train a male Zabrak, a Nightbrother of Dathomir if you will, Savage Opress, to carry out her vendetta against Count Dooku. The plan was that the Nightsisters would serve up Savage to Count Dooku as his new apprentice. With the help of their sorcery, he’d have Force powers and could fill the spot left vacant by Ventress. Then, when Dooku would least expect it, Savage would kill him. But Ventress and the Nightsisters stripped Savage of his humanity (er…Zabrak-ity) in the process, even forcing him to kill his brother Feral.
There’s an important lesson to be learned here—that when we let our hate consume us, we can become the very thing we supposedly most revile. The way Ventress, betrayed and abandoned, uses Savage is no different from the way Dooku used her. And she doesn’t even see it. So when Savage, in confronting both Dooku and Ventress, Force-chokes them both at the end, it’s a powerful moment of rebellion.
NEXT: Like Katy Perry’s “boyfriends,” the Dark Side is either hot or cold.