​Warning: the following post contains MAJOR spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Darth Maul, a character that hasn't appeared in a Star Wars film since he got the lower half of his body sliced off by a lightsaber and sent hurdling off a cliff in 1999, is back in Solo: A Star Wars Story, and fans of the original trilogy are having trouble hiding their excitement for the return of the Sith lord. Don't worry, he's got some massive mechanical legs now, so it all checks out.

The inclusion of a character working behind the scenes of the entire film was something the writers thought of early on, which writers Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jonathan confirmed for ​Comicbook.com, but recently Ron Howard, the film's director, echoed that he wanted Maul in the film from the very beginning.

"It just sort of said 'Boss,'" Howard told /Film. "I thought when I came in, I assumed they knew who it was and they were just keeping it under wraps. And they didn’t."

"Maul was listed as one of the candidates. And I lobbied hard for that," he revealed. "I thought that made a lot of sense to me."

"Doing a little more research and understanding sort of how the character had worked elsewhere, I thought it was good," Howard explained, "and the Kasdan’s were on board with that."

Solo: A Star Wars Story is currently playing in theaters, with the super secret, though not if you read this, Darth Maul revealone of the coolest elements of the anthology Star Wars film.