'The Mandalorian': Are the Children of the Watch a Product of Maul's Takeover?

The Mandalorian is starting to heat up as the show has promised the appearance of Ahsoka Tano, the former Jedi and fan-favorite character. But there’s another Force-sensitive character who could also potentially be tied to this show as well: Darth Maul.

Star Wars fans may remember that Maul is dead (though that didn’t stop him from returning before), but there’s a clever way the show could bring his legacy back into play. Let’s take a closer look at the fan theory that may connect Maul and Mando. 

Who are the Children of the Watch? 

In The Mandalorian season two episode The Heiress, Bo-Katan shocks Mando when she removes her helmet. He questions her for this, as it is forbidden for Mandalorians to do so…at least in Mando’s mind. Bo-Katan then points out that Mando is a “child of the Watch” and that not all Mandalorians adhere to the same strict code. So what exactly is this group? 

According to Nerdist, a group of Mandalorians called “Death Watch” is introduced during The Clone Wars’ second season. This is a militant group hellbent on returning the planet Mandalore back to its warring ways. They stand in staunch opposition to the peaceful Duchess Satine Kryze. Satine’s sister, Bo-Katan, is a member of Death Watch.

The Death Watch gain (and lose) control of Mandalore (more on this below), but we see their logo stamped on one of the Mandalorians who rescue the young Mando during his season one flashback. Bo-Katan’s mentioning of the “Children of the Watch” must be a reference to the current form of the group. 

Of course, there’s another classic Star Wars character who has quite a lengthy in-universe history with both the Mandalorians and Death Watch: Darth Maul. 

Darth Maul’s complicated history with Mandalore

According to the Star Wars databank, in The Clone Wars, Darth Maul returns and has a long run as a villain on the show. As part of his ongoing story, he aligns with Death Watch (as well as several other criminal organizations) to attempt to take over the planet Mandalore. He eventually slaughters Bo-Katan’s sister Satine as well as Pre Vizsla, the leader of Death Watch.

Bo-Katan and Ahsoka later team up to take Maul down. So what do Maul and the Children of the Watch have in common? More than you may think, says one theory. 

The theory that the Children of the Watch are a product of Darth Maul’s takeover

A Reddit thread dedicated to discussing Bo-Katan’s appearance on The Mandalorian discussed Maul’s possible role in the show. One poster had an interesting idea of how Maul could fit into this part of the universe: 

“Moving on though, onto my theory: Is it just me or are Children of the Watch likely Maul’s initiative? It just seems like the kind of thing that ex-sith taught by Palps would do. Very reminiscent of the First Order’s stormtrooper program.”

It makes all the sense in the world. The Children of the Watch are essentially programmed to act a certain way. Maul seems like the type of zealot to put young people through this type of training. What would make this even more effective as a plot point is that it would be a way to involve Maul in The Mandalorian without making him physically present.

Maul was killed by Obi-Wan Kenobi during a powerful scene in the animated show Rebels. To bring him back would undo the dramatic stakes of that scene. But bringing him back as the author of Mando’s way of life would connect him to the proceedings and force Mando to question his beliefs. Don’t be surprised if this theory pans out. 

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