With the announcement of the new Darth Maul comic series from Dark Horse that would be taken from a finished “Clone Wars” script about Darth Maul, there has been some confusion as to whether this story was intended to be the series finale, or just the final story for Darth Maul in “The Clone Wars.” While we gotten some quotes from Pablo Hidalgo and other employees from Lucasfilm saying this story was not the series finale, Dave Filoni has take to his Facebook page to set the matter straight once and for all as to what this story was intended to be. Here is what he had to say on his Facebook page:
Before we get into the details about the Maul comic, I’d like to make clear that this storyline does not represent The Clone Wars series finale. I’ve seen some confusion about that online and want to set the record straight. There are additional Clone Wars episodes on the way and one arc in particular marks the series finale in my mind. We’ll have fun discussing that in the not too distant future.
Allow me to reveal in more detail what the story “Darth Maul, Son of Dathomir” is, and where it came from. As I have mentioned in previous interviews, for us to create the rich and incredibly complex stories that we were telling during The Clone Wars, we would be working on around fifty episodes at one time. This is from rough outline form, all the way through final sound design and picture lock. There were several stories that had gone through a substantial amount of development when the series was ended. We realized that this meant certain character arcs would go unfinished, but the Story and Publishing teams at Lucasfilm approached me with a unique way to continue Maul’s story for everyone who had been faithful to the show. The idea was to tell the story in comic book form, and knowing the great work that Dark Horse had done over the years, I thought it was an excellent plan.
The story of Darth Maul had become an important one for the series and it was only fitting that we chose him for a comic adaptation. The comics will be based on four finished scripts that were written for Season 6 . These scripts came out of one of our story conferences with George Lucas. As they moved through the production pipeline, they became finalized scripts with a great deal of the actual design work completed. The designs you will see, the plot lines, and character development in these comic books are all coming directly from the TV production. I turned over all of the art to Dark Horse so they could create an accurate representation of what we were planning for the show.
So there you have it. “Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir” was never intended to be the series finale of “The Clone Wars.” Thought Dave did say it was written for season 6, which lets us know that not all episodes of that season got very far into production when the series was cancelled. But I am really anxious to see the arc from the “Bonus Content” that Dave mentions will mark the series finale in his mind, which I can’t help but think will be the Yoda arc.
It was great of Dave take some time out of his busy schedule to clear this whole thing up, so make sure you check out his full post about this over at his Facebook Page.