There is little doubt that Darth Maul is still one of the most popular villains in the Star Wars Universe and although we now know he survived what happened in The Phantom Menace, people were initially disappointed that we only saw the character in one of the prequel trilogy films. However, it looks like George Lucas had plans to bring Maul back in Revenge of the Sith in what could have been a truly shocking twist.
In Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Darth Maul stayed mostly on the sidelines, only stepping out to fight Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi in the latter part of the film. Although he managed to kill Qui-Gon, Maul was ultimately killed by Obi-Wan who bisected him and left him for dead.
This could have been the end for Darth Maul but George Lucas had originally planned for his return in the third prequel trilogy film. According to Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels animated series writer Henry Gilroy, Lucas considered revealing General Grievous to be Maul behind the plates of armor.
"George was considering that Grievous was Maul behind the armor plate. It made sense. He's cut in half, and he's in this robot body or whatever," Gilroy told Slashfilm. He then pointed out that he was happy with the direction Lucas ultimately chose but admitted that it would make sense for Maul to disguise himself as Grievous.
"I'm glad that Grievous is his own thing anyway, but I thought it was interesting that the concept guys almost talked George into that," Gilroy said.
We certainly agree that it was a wise decision to separate the two villains from each other. After all, both General Grievous and Darth Maul had their own interesting stories to tell. With that in mind, we're expecting to see more intriguing baddies in the Star Wars Universe in the future.
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