Star Wars Theory Explains How Darth Maul Really Survived

Star Wars: The Clone Wars brought back Darth Maul to star wars simply saying that he survived being cut in half by Obi-Wan, but a star wars the theory claims there is more to this story. While much of the marketing for Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace revolved around the first dark side warrior audiences would see since Darth Vader, Darth Maul’s live-action role ended up being short-lived. Maul was the main villain of The Phantom Menace and delivered on star wars‘ iconic fight from Duel of the Fates, but the character had almost no lines and was killed at the end.

The Phantom Menace wouldn’t be Darth Maul’s last appearance in star wars – at least for those who watched clone wars. The 3D animated series was meant to be a tie-in story bridging the gaps between Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, but it became bold enough to introduce characters and events that would impact the entire saga, including the return of Darth Maul. Taking many by surprise, clone wars revealed that Darth Maul had not died after battling Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan and was now in hiding on a distant planet.

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However, there was never a solid explanation for how Darth Maul survived. In clone wars, it is said that Maul refused to die because of his hatred for Kenobi and for Sidious and that the dark side helped keep him alive. In order to better explain the story of Darth Maul clone wars comeback, a fan theory (via Reddit) claims he was possessed or had his soul combined with the Son of Mortis. The divine being-force which represents the dark side was introduced into clone wars before Maul returns, and he’d have enough reason to search for a body in the real world after what happened in the Mortis arc. It’s also worth noting that Sam Witwer, who voiced the Son in the clone wars Mortis episodes, also voiced Darth Maul on the show.


What is the son of Mortis?


The Son of Mortis casting red Force Bolts

clone wars Season 3 introduced what is one of the most complex and controversial concepts to date. star wars: the Gods of Mortis. On a planet that seemed to exist outside of time and space lived the Daughter and the Son, beings of Force who embodied the Light Side and the Dark Side respectively. Besides the two, there was also the Father, who was responsible for maintaining the balance between his children and, therefore, the balance of the Force.

However, the Son of Mortis was not keen on playing by his Father’s rules. Not only does the Son no longer respect the Father, but he also wants to escape into the tangible world – which is strictly forbidden. The arrival of Anakin, the Chosen One, made matters even more complicated, and the Son nearly succeeded in corrupting Skywalker. After causing the deaths of father and daughter, the son was eventually stopped by Anakin before he could cause trouble in the real world.


How Darth Maul Really Survived – Theory Explained


Savage finds a stranded, insane Maul with spider legs in The Clone Wars

Although star wars is quite familiar with the characters surviving what should be deadly moments, the explanation clone wars came to justify Maul in the series being forced out. However, the fan theory linking Maul to the Son of Mortis may offer a much better reason why Maul survived. Just as the Daughter did to Ahsoka at the end of the Mortis arc, in which the Force being passed on her life essence to save the life of Anakin’s padawan, the Son could have transferred his life essence to Darth Maul right after the fight. with Obi-Wan.

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Although it’s assumed that Anakin killed the son on Mortis, the exact moment Skywalker gives the final lightsaber slash is never shown. It’s possible that just before he was killed by Anakin, the Son transferred his essence or even part of his consciousness into the body of a powerful dark side warrior – in this case, Darth Maul. Since Maul was about to die, it would be easier for the Son to take over his body. That said, Maul still had free will after he returned, which means the Son’s takeover might not have been completely complete. Either way, being embodied by a Force being like the Son would explain how Maul managed to survive being cut in half.


How Darth Maul Being The Son Explains His Clone Wars Changes


Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace and the Clone Wars

The Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace and the Darth Maul who clone wars followed from season 4 are very different characters. While Maul didn’t get enough screen time in the first of star wars prequel films for his personality to shine through, the Sith warrior of the era was nothing more than a pawn for his master Darth Sidious. Maul wouldn’t say a word without Sidious’s permission, and all his actions depended on his master’s plan.

It is therefore curious to see how independent, eloquent and tactful Maul had become after his return. For someone who had been brainwashed and had spent his entire life as a henchman of the Sith, the change from Darth Maul to clone wars was very abrupt. However, assuming this fan theory is correct, it would make a lot of sense that Maul would now be so different because there would be another spirit embodying his body.

The Son of Mortis had larger than life aspirations, always preached his philosophies and went on in long speeches, just as Maul began to do in clone wars. In fact, Maul even repeated an exact line used by the Son: “Chains are the easy part, it’s what’s going on here that’s hard” – a reference to the Sith code. While the Sith code itself may have been known to many, including the son, the fact that Maul used the same phrase as the god Mortis is quite curious.

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Another interesting Darth Maul change after his “death” this is how he no longer defined himself as a Sith and was much more aware of the grayness of things. Maul knew that if Sidious’ plan worked, there would be no balance in the Force, and he was willing to do anything to make sure his former master didn’t succeed. He now also had a special interest in Ahsoka, who was bound to the spirit of the Girl and even asked her to join him. If Maul was now truly a blend of his old self with the Son of Mortis, that would explain his connection to Ahsoka, his better understanding of the concept of balance, and his general arcs in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and star wars rebels.

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