Darth Maul and his brother Savage Oppress are back on Star Wars The Clone Wars for a new storyarc starting Saturday, January 19 2013. But their return isn't the only major development for the show, which recently celebrated its 100th episode.Showrunner Dave Filoni warns fans in a recent post on his facebook fan page that there are "definite consequences" for characters that they know and love, and he's anticipating that some of those consequences are going to be met with some resistance. "These are episodes of great deeds and terrible acts, where our heroes are tested, and not all prevail," Filoni said. "
I hope as fans you can in time understand some of the choices we made as this Season comes to an end. I know some of the things that are going to occur will cause much debate as we go into the summer."Not all hope is lost, though, as the Director also promised "the best lightsaber battles we've ever filmed" are on the way, and it sure seems as if those will involve the most mysterious Sith Lord of all, Darth Sidious, the future Emperor. The arc also features the last voice work by the recently deceased Ian Abercrombie. "The Darth Maul Arc was the final work on The Clone Wars by my friend Ian Abercrombie, who passed away last January, almost one year ago. This final performance is his best. I can’t wait for you to see it. I think it’s a performance many of you have been waiting for. Remember, in The Phantom Menace, Darth Maul was but an apprentice; now you will see why Darth Sidious is the Master." Sidious, Savage, and Maul aren't the only returning Star Wars characters in the storyarc, though. Jabba the Hutt is along for the ride, and the villainous Deathwatch Mandalorian terrorist group, led by Pre Vizsla, will be back, teaming up with the Zabrak warrior brothers. Where Deathwatch can be found, you know Bo Katan, the female Mandalorian butt-kicker won't be far behind. It all kicks off with "Eminence" on January 19, 2013. May the Force be with you.