Following Darth Maul’s securing of power on Mandalore, even if in the shadows, and Duchess Satine’s brief fleeing of her imprisonment and contacting of the Jedi, in “The Lawless” of Star Wars The Clone Wars, it seems that Darth Maul has a plan. That plan is to lure Obi-Wan Kenobi to Mandalore, outside of the jurisdiction of the Jedi, which Maul seems to have not only considered, but something for which he had hoped. Indeed, Kenobi comes to Mandalore, frees Satine from prison, and tries to head off-world. However, they are shot down by Death Watch and, having survived their crash landing, Kenobi is shocked to see who comes to approach him, “No. It can’t be,” Kenobi exasperates. Indeed, it is Maul. Maul then proceeds to Force-choke Kenobi, welcoming him, “We meet again, Kenobi. Welcome to my world.”
The next scene unfolds in the throne room, with Maul sitting, of course, on the throne, with a humbled Satine by his side, with Savage Oppress and Prime Minister Almec flanking him (and Death Watch Troopers keeping guard), while Maul addresses Kenobi, “Your noble flaw is a weakness shared by you and your duchess.” Following this, he then continues addressing Kenobi, at the same time as Force-choking her and guiding her in the air, closer to Kenobi, “You should have chosen the dark side, Master Jedi. Your emotions betray you. Your fear and, yes, your anger. Let your anger deepen your hatred.”
At this moment, Satine is able to barely articulate, “Don’t listen to him, Obi”, at which Oppress snarls, “Quiet.” However, Maul lets it go, followed by this exchange:
Kenobi to Maul: “You can kill me, but you will never destroy me. It takes strength to resist the dark side. Only the weak embrace it.”
Maul to Kenobi: “It is more powerful than you know.”
Kenobi to Maul: “And those who oppose it are more powerful than you’ll ever be. I know where you’re from. I’ve been to your village. I know the decision to join the dark side wasn’t yours. The Nightsisters made it for you.”
Maul to Kenobi: “Silence! You think you know me? It was I who languished for years thinking of nothing but you. Nothing but this moment. And now the perfect tool for my vengeance is in front of us. I never planned on killing you, but I will make you share my pain, Kenobi.”
Finishing this last statement, Maul then Force-hurls Satine onto his Darksaber blade, impaling her through her stomach, with a surprised look on Satine’s face and a horrifically shocked face on Kenobi. Kenobi then reaches out and grabs her, querying, “Satine?” In her dying moment, she shares her everlasting love, “Remember, my dear Obi-Wan, I’ve loved you always. I always will.”
Following her passing, Oppress inquires, “Do we kill him now, brother?” Maul responds very calmly, “No: imprison him below. Let him drown in his misery. Take him to his cell to rot.” As the scene concludes, we see a triumphant Maul confident on the Mandalorian throne.
From these two scenes, we learn that Maul has “languished for years thinking of nothing but” Obi-Wan, yet he hadn’t planned on killing him. But that doesn’t mean that killing is out of the picture, as he is more than happy to end Satine’s life. Somehow, Maul knows that Satine and Kenobi had a close connection and she was the perfect bait to draw Kenobi to come to him. Through killing her, he is able to have his pain shared by Kenobi, which is desirous for him. We also learn that he is a planner, as he was happy to have Satine go off and send a distress signal, but also aware that neither the Jedi nor the Republic would send in forces, just Kenobi. It is Kenobi’s will to go and save her that gets her killed, causing Maul significant schadenfreude.