World of Warcraft’s leaked cinematic has followers fearful about Sylvanas’ storyline

Gamers began the most recent World of Warcraft enlargement by chasing former Warchief and present villain Sylvanas Windrunner by means of the veil into the Shadowlands. However regardless of that, we now have solely seen glimpses of her in cutscenes. The latest cutscene from Torghast’s Twisting Corridors additionally that includes Sylvanas has been data-mined by Wowhead, and followers are already reacting — and worrying about Sylvanas’ final destiny.

Warning: This text comprises spoilers for Torghast and upcoming cinematic content material.

Sylvanas has spent the final decade committing a ton of battle crimes. She might need been behind the Wrathgate in Wrath of the Lich King. In Cataclysm, she positively plague-bombed the nation of Gilneas in opposition to specific orders from Horde management. In Legion, she tried to kidnap and enslave Eyir, the queen of the Val’kyr. In Battle for Azeroth, she began the enlargement with a genocide through arson after which simply stored murdering, mind-controlling, and sowing mayhem up till she stop her job and fled into the afterlife.

It’s onerous to see how somebody might come again from all of that dangerous conduct to turn into a hero, however redemption in World of Warcraft has all the time been a bizarre factor. Sure characters get to come back again and save the day, thus proving that the ends justify their means all alongside. Kael’thas Suntrider, former prince of the blood elves, is beginning his personal redemption within the vampiric hell of Revendreth. Alternate Grom Hellscream redeemed himself on Draenor. Maiev Shadowsong killed lots of people, however she apologized, so everybody’s cool along with her.

The template for this comeback tour is from one other Blizzard sport: Sarah Kerrigan, AKA the Queen of Blades. Her story runs practically parallel to Sylvanas’: they have been each taken and changed into the agent of an alien invading pressure. They each broke freed from thoughts management and used their newfound powers to wreak havoc. However Kerrigan ended up as an enormous hero, who ascended to area god standing and saved everybody from the largest dangerous round.

Will Sylvanas do the identical? The above cinematic appears to indicate she has a conscience in any case, and Warcraft’s nicest boy is pulling on her heartstrings. However then again, the cinematic frames her in the very same pose as an iconic Lich King promo shot. There have been comparable comparisons after the Shadowlands cinematic trailer — it looks like a possible try for Blizzard to get followers fascinated about the similarities between the 2 characters.

Blizzard has subverted the trope of the chosen one attaining redemption as lately as Legion. The primary half of the story centered on Illidan, and the Naaru Xe’ra talked about how nice he was, and why we must always all really feel ashamed that we had fought him within the Black Temple. Then, in a shock twist, Illidan refused to work with Xe’ra. As an alternative, he murdered her, pulled a “heh, nothing private, child,” and proceeded to proceed to do issues his approach.

It’s fully attainable Sylvanas has an identical send-off, the place she stays within the Shadowlands or the Maw. We nonetheless don’t know her precise plan, or if she would possibly betray the Jailer. That’s fully inside her character, and she or he’s been taking part in five-dimensional chess for lengthy sufficient to make {that a} chance.

However then again, Sylvanas has murdered lots of people and expressed little or no regret for any of it. The Burning of Teldrassil, the marketing campaign in Gilneas, and the Horde civil battle that she provoked are all very huge issues. It doesn’t appear honest for Sylvanas to stroll away as the nice man in any capability after spending an enlargement speaking about killing hope and smiling as she torches civilians.

Will Sylvanas return to Azeroth in triumph, or turn into one other raid boss laden with candy loot drops? It doesn’t matter what the result is, Sylvanas has been probably the most talked about a part of World of Warcraft for years now, which isn’t any small feat.

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