Darth Maul is one of the most evil and enigmatic characters in the Star Wars mythos. As the first apprentice of Darth Sidious, we thought we’d seen the last of him on Naboo after he faced off with Obi-Wan Kenobi, but the Force had other plans for him. This playlist gives us everything we need to understand how he survived and what’s become of him since.
It will also prepare you for his further appearances on Star Wars Rebels, which are sure to be great. And who knows where he may turn up next?
1. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace — The first episode in the Skywalker saga is also our first look at Darth Maul. He’s lethal, a caged animal full of barely-contained fury.
2. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (“Witches of the Mist,” Season 3, Episode 14) — Our first hint that Darth Maul might have survived comes in this episode written by George Lucas’s daughter, Katie Lucas.
3. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (“Brothers,” Season 4, Episode 21; “Revenge,” Season 4, Episode 22; “Revival,” Season 4, Episode 22) — This three-episode arc, also written by Katie Lucas, introduces us to the next stage of Darth Maul’s life, as he’s found by his brother on a junk planet — his mind broken — and then restored.
4. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (“Eminence,” Season 5, Episode 14; “Shades of Reason,” Season 5, Episode 15; “The Lawless,” Season 5, Episode 16) — These episodes advance the next phase of Maul’s life. He learns from his mistakes and tempers the fire of revenge inside him, serving it cold. But his old Master might have something to say about it.
5. Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir — This graphic novel, written by Jeremy Barlow and illustrated by Juan Frigeri, is based on unproduced scripts of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and resolves the cliffhanger left in “The Lawless.”
6. Star Wars Rebels (“Twilight of the Apprentice,” Season 2, Episodes 19 and 20) — After the events of Son of Dathomir, Maul’s fate remained a mystery…until he turned up on the Sith world of Malachor.
8. Star Wars: Shattered Empire — Though we don’t know Maul’s eventual fate, we do know his presence lingers in the galaxy. One of the most poignant moments in Shattered Empire involves Darth Maul and it has to be seen to be believed.
Through this entire playlist, Lord Maul is given deeper and deeper shades of meaning with each of his successive appearances. No two are alike. He’s one of the best and most iconic villains in Star Wars, and by following this playlist, you’ll see why!