Obi-Wan Kenobi might finally get the chance to truly avenge his Master. A new teaser trailer for Star Wars Rebels gave audiences a first look at the impending battle between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Maul in the second half of Season 3 — and it looks appropriately epic.
“Nobody make a move,” is whispered as Obi-Wan stands at the ready and Maul prepares himself for battle, his red lightsaber humming threateningly — a smoking fire stands between them, the centerpiece for what will undoubtedly be a battle for the Jedi history books.
As far as the world knows, the last time Obi-Wan had a truly huge run-in with Maul was on Naboo when he sliced him in half after Maul had killed Obi-Wan’s master, Qui-Gon Jinn. Since then, Maul has been traversing the galaxy in animated form and causing trouble for the cast of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Rebels. And Obi-Wan has been hiding out on Tatooine, watching over Luke Skywalker while sitting solemnly in front of fire pits in the desert. That’s where Maul will find him, and it’s where they’ll have the throwdown of the century.
The teaser trailer also shows a single flash of a red lightsaber-wielding figure in a dark, hooded robe. The look of this person is surprisingly similar to another Dark sider Star Wars fans have come to know and love (or, y’know, not): Kylo Ren. Could this new figure be a member of the Knights of Ren?
Remember that Ezra found a cross-guarded lightsaber similar to Ren’s in Season 2 of Rebels — it was green instead of red — which pointed to not only a fun connection between Rebels and The Force Awakens but also to a deeper legend. This kind of design (the cross) has been around in Jedi culture for centuries.
But the real excitement in the new trailer belongs with what many are anticipating to be Maul’s swan song. There’s no way both Obi-Wan and Maul will come out the other side of this alive. Obviously, Obi-Wan lives long enough to get young Luke off Tatooine and hook him up with Han, Leia, and the Rebellion. So, that means Maul could really bite the dust (er, sand) this time around.
Because a person can only miraculously escape death so many times, right?
Star Wars Rebels airs Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. EST on Disney XD.