In the third season of Star Wars Rebels, Maul
goes to Tatooine to kill Obi-Wan, and is easily killed.
There’s a great deal of thematic meaning to this, representing a transition from the flashy combat style employed by Obi-Wan in the prequels to the more economical version he uses in the original trilogy.
However, why was Maul unable to use his anger to save himself from dying, as he did before? Canonically, of course, this is how he survived his apparent death at the hands of Obi-Wan in The Phantom Menace:
Q: How does Maul survive being cut in half?
A: The power of anger! Maul draws on his master’s dark side lessons to harness his rage and stay alive after Obi-Wan maims him in a duel on Naboo. Rumor has it that his top half fell down a reactor shaft into a trash container, which was then shipped to Lotho Minor.
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- He was caught by surprise, but he had been caught by surprise before, too.
- He sustained less massive damage than before: instead of being cut in half, he was merely stabbed.
Why, then, did Maul die this time, while surviving much greater injury previously?