I remember reading this quote from Lucas: "At one point, when Obi-Wan kills Darth Maul, he just fell into the pit. I looked at it and thought this isn't going to work because, if people like him enough, they are going to want him to come back and they're going to assume somehow he gets out of it. So I had to cut him in half to say this guy's gone, he's history, he ain't coming back. I'll come up with another apprentice. The whole issue of having apprentices, poor Darth Sidious trying to replenish his apprentice supply, is one of the main plot points." - Empire Magazine 07/99 After watching TPM, I thought that we were going to get to see what sounded like it could be cool. Watching Sidious going through one apprentice after another until getting to Anakin. Obviously, this never happened and it is definitely NOT one of the main plot points. Is it me, or is GL very good at coming up with good story elements, but is unable to translate that into a good script? Or did he change his mind? Or did he just out and out lie to us?