The third season of Star Wars Rebels is now underway, with the episode "Steps Into Shadow" premiering last week. It was well-received by fans, who enjoyed watching Ezra Bridger flirt with the Dark Side and the introduction of famed villain Grand Admiral Thrawn. For the most part, its primary concern was setting the table for the bigger things to come, and as the year progresses, there will surely be several intriguing developments involving the characters.
A standout of the second season finale was Maul, who left a considerable impression on the young Ezra during their encounter on Malachor. Fortunately for viewers, the former Sith Lord has a greater role to play in these new episodes and will factor heavily into the third season. He'll make his return in this week's "Holocrons of Fate," and Disney XD has now released a clip that you can watch above.
In it, Maul has made his way onto the Ghost and forces Hera to take him to Kanan's quarters on the ship. Maul is seeking the Jedi Holocron that Kanan is in possession of, but Hera claims she has no idea about it. Using a Force trick reminiscent of Kylo Ren's interrogation tactics in The Force Awakens, Maul reads Hera's mind to learn more about his Jedi adversaries. Here, Maul also mentions "Caleb Dume," which was Kanan's birth name. He went by that identity in the comics storyline Kanan: The Last Padawan and the novel A New Dawn, so it's nice to see Rebels illustrating another connection between the larger Star Wars canon and how everything ties together.
At the end of the clip, Maul discovers the location of the Holocron and eerily says, "That wasn't so difficult, was it?" His reasoning for wanting the object is unknown, but longtime viewers may recall that the Holocron contains a message from Obi-Wan Kenobi addressed to all the Jedi that survived Order 66. Maul's character description for season three indicated that he was on a bloodthirsty pursuit to complete "a task he should have done years ago," which very well could be killing Obi-Wan. The two obviously have a long history with one another, which includes conflicts in the Clone Wars animated series. At the same token, Dave Filoni stated in the past that Maul has plans for Ezra, so perhaps the Holocron is part of those objectives.
Reports are suggesting that Darth Vader will not show up in the latest season of Rebels, and usually that would be a disappointing development. But in this case, it would probably be best if Vader stayed in the shadows. Not only will he be a crucial part of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the Rebels team seems to have the evildoers covered with Thrawn and Maul. Fleshing out those two characters further may be a better use of the show, as opposed to spending more time with Vader (someone who has been covered extensively in the franchise). By now, Filoni and company have showed they know what they're doing, so fans should be able to sit back and enjoy the ride.
Star Wars Rebels airs Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. EST on Disney XD.
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