The latest episode of Star Wars: The Bad Batch is potentially setting up a return of Maul and his criminal organization known as Crimson Dawn.
Warning! Spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Bad Batch episode 5
Star Wars may be setting the next appearance of Maul in future episodes of Star Wars: The Bad Batch. The former Sith apprentice of Darth Sidious gone rouge is a massive fan-favorite character, and his final arc in The Clone Wars animated series provides the perfect opportunity for him to make a return. Thanks to some new hints from The Bad Batch’s latest episode, it’s quite possible that Clone Force 99 may soon come face-to-face with Crimson Dawn, the criminal syndicate Maul created to lay siege to Mandalore and gain power in the galaxy.
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In The Bad Batch, season 1, episode 5, “Rampage,” Clone Force 99 is on the run from the bounty hunter Fennec Shand who’s been hired to bring in the squad’s newest recruit Omega. As a result, they head to the planet of Ord Mantell to meet with a contact named Cid, a Trandoshan who may be able to provide some information on Shand. In exchange for her services, they agree to do a job for her. After their success, they get their information as well as some pay, and the implication is that they’ll be working as mercenaries going forward, providing them a means for survival in this new era with the fall of the Republic and the rise of the Empire.
However, Ord Mantell is a world most notable for being a base of operations for the Black Sun crime organization, which is also part of Maul’s Shadow Collective formed in the midst of the Clone Wars. It would later be known as Crimson Dawn, which was featured in Solo: A Star Wars Story, and is definitely active during the same time as The Bad Batch. Maul did escape Ahsoka Tano’s custody in the final episodes of Clone Wars, and he had also instructed the leaders of the syndicates to go into hiding during the war’s end. Now that the Bad Batch are becoming mercenaries, it’s certainly possible that they could soon find themselves going up against Maul and his rising criminal empire.
The Bad Batch is the perfect opportunity for Maul and Crimson Dawn to get more of a spotlight. Apart from its creation in Clone Wars and appearance in Solo, not much is known about its true influence, as well as its eventual decline. By the time Maul is seen in the Star Wars Rebels animated series (which takes place in the years just before A New Hope), Crimson Dawn is apparently no more or at the very least no longer run by Maul himself. Considering Maul’s absolute hatred of Palpatine, this would also be an intense time to see what’s he’s been up to with the Empire’s rise.
All things considered, it would certainly be interesting to not only see a new Maul appearance (which would certainly fit for a Dave Filoni produced narrative), but also having the Bad Batch tackling a crime story, which would certainly have the potential to be dynamic and intriguing. Perhaps Clone Force 99 has a run-in with Black Sun and Maul before leaving Ord Mantell? Star Wars fans will just have to wait and see as Star Wars: The Bad Batch continues on Disney+.
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