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Brought back Darth Maul
After watching The Phantom Menace a few things become clear. One is that Obi-Wan will be training Anakin Skywalker, the second is that Jar-Jar Binks is very annoying, and three Darth Maul is dead. Turns out one of those was wrong, and somehow Darth Maul survived being cut in half and falling down what looked to be an endless shaft.
Unlike The Rise of Skywalker, The Clone Wars actually gave us a great detailed backstory on how Maul survived.
Turns out he was taken with the trash to a junk planet with only his hatred for Obi-Wan keeping him alive. He ultimately went insane and attached a pair of spider-like legs to his severed body. Eventually, through the help of Mother Talzin, his brother Savage Oppress finds him and helps him regain his sanity.
Maul eventually returns to form and is hellbent on gaining his revenge on Kenobi. They have many confrontations over the course of the Clone Wars and Maul ends up getting involved in the crime syndicate scene and ends up running the organization known as Black Sun.
At first, hearing that Maul was coming back was a bit of an eye-roller. Instead, it became an intriguing and must-watch storyline since it was done with such care and thought. Darth Maul always seemed like a criminally underused character in The Phantom Menace and The Clone Wars did an excellent job fleshing him out and making him much more than just a weapon of Darth Sidious.
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Stream The Clone Wars on Disney+.