• David Amelotti

Clone Wars Season 7 sees Maul repair his lightsaber with another sith's hilt

Updated: Apr 23, 2020

Clone Wars Season 7, Episode 9 "Old Friends Not Forgotten," has fans at the edge of their seat thanks to movie-quality cinematography, Kevin Kiner's finest score work, and implications that our heroes are marching towards the dreaded Order 66. But it's what we expect to see in this next episode, "The Phantom Apprentice" that has the BTBD crew and social media losing their minds.

New images of Clone Wars Season 7, Episode 10 "The Phantom Apprentice," dropped online Tuesday.

The above image is a sample graphic to preview the next episode to drop on Disney+ on April 24th. But look closely at Maul's hilt. This is something we didn't become aware of until late last night. We took our thoughts to Twitter and it seems people love it.

* We are aware we misspelled disciple.

Maul has fused the yellow lightsaber of fallen Sith Apprentice Asajj Ventress, to the one half that remains of his original lightsaber from The Phantom Menace. But how did Maul get the saber? Wait, you didn't know Ventress had a yellow saber? You don't know who Ventress is? No worries. We will give you the story of Ventress since her last appearance and our theory how Maul came into possession of the saber.

Many know Ventress as the Sith Assassin beside Dooku in the animated series. She wielded two black and white hilted red sabers.

In Christie Golden's Dark Disciple, the former Dark Assassin turned Bounty Hunter Asajj Ventress has teamed up with Quinlan Vos, who has been tasked by the Jedi Order to assassinate Count Dooku. During their mission the two begin to fall in love, but Quinlan Vos, pretending to be Count Dooku's new apprentice, begins to fall to the Dark Side.

This new yellow saber was acquired by the apprentice-turned-bounty hunter on the black market some time after Padawan Barriss Offee stole the lightsabers that Ventress had used as the apprentice of Count Dooku. Ventress used the lightsaber for the rest of her bounty hunting career, until she was killed by Dooku on Christophsis. The weapon had a standard cylindrical-shaped hilt and emitted a yellow-colored plasma blade.

Ventress's lightsaber was designed by Will Nichols for the Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It was scheduled to appear in eight episodes starring Ventress and Quinlan Vos. The show was however canceled before the episodes were finished and the story was instead adapted into the novel Dark Disciple by Christie Golden. Nichols posted the concept design of the lightsaber, which you can see below, in his portfolio in 2016.

To clarify, the first appearance of this yellow saber was the novel, Dark Disciple. But an up-close look at the hilt dropped in "Kindred Spirits" Star Wars Insider 159.

As we explained above, Ventress' arc was originally planned to be substantial. The novel is

part of The Clone Wars Legacy multimedia initiative. It is based on an eight-part story arc scripted for The Clone Wars series, made of episodes "Lethal Alliance", "The Mission", "Conspirators", "Dark Disciple", "Saving Vos Part I", "Saving Vos Part II", "Traitor", and "The Path". The scripts were not produced because of the show's cancellation.

Again, in Golden's Dark Disciple novel, Ventress dies at the hands of Count Dooku. We won't give everything away but it's in the form of a sacrifice. She is laid to rest on Dathomir by Quinlan and Obi-wan Kenobi.

Okay so the question is how does this connect Ventress to Maul. It's our belief/theory/assumption while on Dathomir, Maul senses Asajj's kyber crystal or was aware

Ventress was buried on the planet. We know Maul was aware of Dathomir thanks to several canon stories like the four issue comic mini-series Maul: Son of Dathomir and Star Wars Rebels. We propose Maul robbed her grave and bled the crystal from yellow to red. He then fused the two saber hilts together to wield a duel-sided lightsaber once again. We admit this is dark but not beneath Maul to gain an advantage for his next encounter with Kenobi.

What do you think about this possible cannon connection? Do you like this tie-in of Ventress in this final season of The Clone Wars? Tweet us your thoughts by tagging us @BTBDStarWars Clone Wars Season Seven airs its final three episodes on Disney+ each Friday, concluding on May 4th, 2020.