Re: Question to those most disappointed with the SW prequels
Maul was but a placeholder to keep the seat warm until Sidious had his ultimate apprentice in hand, the one he would use to gain control over the galaxy.
Of course, Maul was already Palpatine's apprentice at a point when the latter had not even heard of Anakin yet.
You get hurt, hurt 'em back. You get killed, walk it off.