Clone Wars' Sam Witwer says you ain't seen the end of Darth Maul yet

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Dec 16, 2012

All you Clone Wars fans who think the Cartoon Network CG series hasn't had enough Sith of late, you're in luck—it's about to feature a whole lot more. Spoilers ahead!

Sam Witwer, star of Syfy's Being Human, told Entertainment Weekly that he has picked up quite a bit of voice work recently thanks to the return of Darth Maul.

It was just revealed in last week's episode that Darth Maul—who most thought had died after being cut in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi—is actually alive and has been biding his time on the planet Lotho Minor.

"I don't think I'm spoiling too much when I say that he's going to be around for a little bit," said Witwer. "You will see a lot more of him going forward than you would have expected."

Witwer said director Dave Filoni reached out about a year ago and asked Witwer to step in as Darth Maul, and he just got more and more psyched after hearing about the upcoming storyline.

"Dave Filoni called me up and said, 'Hey, I need someone to play Darth Maul. Can you do it?' And whenever someone asks you that, the only correct answer is 'Yes.' Then you wonder if you can do it. But you don't wonder if you can do it before you say yes," he said. "You doubt your abilities after you agree to do it. Because then the pressure sets in and you worry about getting it right. The first thing I thought was, 'Darth Maul is back! We all want that!' But then it's like, 'Well, we only want him back if it's a good story, if it really works.' So Dave started explaining the story to me, and then I got excited."

Darth Maul's apparent death—and its effect on him—will inform a lot of the upcoming stories, Witwer said.

"It's very interesting psychologically. The Sith don't really look at death as a natural progression—they look at death as a defeat—so some of them hold onto their lives against all reasoning. They're so egotistical that some of them don't let go. And what happens to Vader physically is what happens to Darth Maul mentally. There's a tremendous psychological price that he pays for what happens to him in Phantom Menace, for not just letting himself die," he said. "I think everyone who's a Star Wars fan has talked about what would happen if he came back from the dead. I know I did with my friends. Ironically, some of the things that show up in these episodes are things that we've talked about. Especially the psychological impact of having lost everything. There was a plan, you know? The Clone Wars were coming. They were 10 years away when Maul was cut down, but they were coming, and this guy was going to be a part of it. And now, the party has started without him. It's sad really, a real bummer to give up your whole life in service of this grand plan ... and be killed right at the beginning of that plan."

As for how Darth Maul will fit into the world, Witwer said The Clone Wars is about to get a major shakeup.

"There are major consequences for Darth Maul being reintroduced to the Star Wars galaxy. This guy doesn't just show up, wave his lightsaber around, have a few mean lines here and there, then pass into obscurity," he said. "He makes a major splash in the Clone Wars, and it's entirely consequential the things that he's up to and tries to accomplish."

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(Via Entertainment Weekly)