Originally at the end of Menace, I thought the reason for killing Maul was to make way for Anikan since there can only be two. But, in Clones, we have another Sith Lord, Dooku.
Did we really need Dooku?
Would it have not been so much cooler if Maul would have escaped in Menace to show back up in Clones. Split Dooku's character in two parts. Have Dooku's political character be played by a younger Tarkin and have the physical part of Dooku be played by Maul.
Maul acts as Tarkins protector and/or enforcer the way Vader does in Hope. It creates a rematch between Obi-Wan and Maul, but Anikan's recklessness causes both he and Obi-Wan to be taken out of the fight. Then Yoda would have had to face Maul. Yoda would defeat Maul and make him look that much powerfull, and Tarkin escapes with the Death Star plans.
It always seemed that the Death Star was Tarkins pet project anyway. It would make sense for him to be involved from the beginning.
On that subject, I think characters like Tarkin & Mon Mothma should have been in the prequils. I think Bail Organna should have been established more as well by now. I just don't think one more movie will show us all the things we want to see.
What do you guys think?