I love everything that has been said here, Jmaster Luke you make extremely good points, just in reference to Dooku turning against the order. It isn't just The Sith and The Jedi, there are also The Dark Jedi, Jedi who have strayed from the path and turned their backs on the teachings of the Jedi Council or have simply been exiled from the order. Anyway - Should Maul have died? Personally I think NO he should not have died, and the way in which he did die was absolutely rubbish, Darth Maul studied Teras Kasi (Iron Fist, basically Karate but for star wars) and an extremely elegant Lightsaber form, double-bladed fighting is a hard discipline, as anyone who trains in them in the real world will know, you have to be more focused on your form if you fight with 2 blades attached to 1 hilt as opposed to 1blade. Maul was an elegant warrior and could have easily slotted into EPII/III. This whole 'oh we needed to see how good Obi-Wan was early on, so killing a Sith - great', pure rubbish. There are many different ways that battle could have gone, even earlier in the duel in the huge power core room, when obi wan was thrown down onto the lower gantry, could have been knocked out and then Maul proceeds to killing Qui-Gon rather than Qui-Gon dying and Obi-Wan letting out a girlish scream as he watched it happen... this is what alot of people seem to miss right here, fear, anger, hate. Obi-Wan felt all of that when he saw his master die but he didn't give into those emotions, thus, showing his power as a Jedi, no need to get a cheap kill really.