But there's a previously unannounced guest who crashes the party towards the end of the film: Darth Maul, the double-bladed lightsaber-wielding villain most fans remember from Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, shows up for a hologram teleconference with Emilia Clarke's Qi'ra, who will presumably take the place of the dead Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany) in helping to run the evil syndicate Crimson Dawn. Maul doesn't get much screen time -- he tells Qi'ra they'll be "working closely" from now on before logging off -- but he does fire up his trusty lightsaber while a hint of John Williams's classic "Duel of Fates" score plays. How could he not?
The cameo, which finds actor Ray Park reprising his role as Maul's body and Sam Witwer taking over for Peter Serafinowicz on voice duties, will remind viewers of Darth Vader's appearance towards the end of Rogue One. But in that bit of fan service, we already know exactly what happened to Vader before and after that cameo. In Darth Maul's case, the path forward is less clear. To help you figure out exactly what's going on with this Sith Lord, here's a breakdown of what you need to know.