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Star Wars:  Animated Origins – Maul
Art by Dave Filoni

PABLO HIDALGO:   “So we brought some Maul art from back in the very beginning of his inclusion in Clone Wars and I thought, ‘Now that we’ve closed the book on the character, so to speak, if we could go back in time to when George dropped the bomb on you that he was gonna bring Maul back from the dead.  

“And what I really want to stress is the fact that we only would have ever done something like if it came from George.  Because none of us would ever consider touching a character like that, who–”

DAVE FILONI:  "Not one who was cut in half, no.“

PABLO HIDALGO:  "Yeah.”

INTERVIEWER:  "Well, now take us back there, though.  Now was that like a, ‘I need to sit you all down and tell you something serious.’ or was it like a quick comment on the way to the kitchen, ‘Maul’s coming back.’“

DAVE FILONI:  "Yeah, it was….  We would be in a story meeting and he would often say stuff like, ‘I’ve got an idea and you’re gonna love it.’  And I was always like, ‘Ohhhhhh, that so seldom lines up.’  And then he said, you know, ‘We’re gonna bring Darth Maul back.’  And I said, ‘Really?’  Because one of the things I really loved about The Phantom Menace was that he made him cut in half.  

“And I thought, ‘That’s so smart!  Because that kind of ends the debate, not like Boba going into the Sarlacc endless debate.  It’s over, he’s cut in half!’  And [George]’s like, ‘No, he’s coming back.’  And I was like, ‘Well, how does that work?’  And he goes, ‘I don’t know, you’ll figure it out.’”

LISTEN, I WILL FIGHT YOU THAT GEORGE LUCAS IS THE GODDAMNED BEST.