A cursory search of the Forums did not bring me any results with this line of thought, so I thought I would bring it up. If it has been brought up before, my apologies. I think Darth Maul died on Naboo, cut in half and plummeted into a bottomless pit. The creature who is claiming to be Darth Maul is actually a simulacrum of the shape-shifting Dark Side Anchorite, The Son. During the Mortis Trilogy, first the Daughter, then the Father are killed by the dagger, ending them. The Son had been getting some of his sustenance from the Father, and was weakened by the Father's death. But the blow to finish the Son was not the dagger, but Anakin's Lightsaber. The actual cut is not shown in season 3 but implied. We don't know if he beheaded him or cut him in half or simply placed a cut in his chest through his heart. We did not see. What we do know, is that the dagger was not used for the coup de grace. When Ahsoka was imprisoned by the Son she is greeted by the son in the guise of a small creature, when he releases Ahsoka from her bonds, he says something along the lines of "the chains, the chains are the easy part, what's hard is what goes on in here". When Savage Opress finds the insane Maul, Maul says the same line (and is voiced by the same actor!). When Maul is restored by Mother Talzin, one of his first comments is that the Force is out of Balance. The Balance of the Force being the main thrust of the Mortis Trilogy. I think this was deliberate on the parts of the writers to make a call back to the central issue of the Mortis episodes. On the season 3 DVD set special feature about Mortis we are promised that this is not the last we will hear from them on the topic. I believe it is the Son as Maul that is the maker's making good on that promise.