New World Of Warcraft Cinematic Leaves Sylvanas Windrunner’s Fate In The Balance

New World Of Warcraft Cinematic Leaves Sylvanas Windrunner’s Fate In The Balance
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The cinematic for the latest World of Warcraft: Shadowlands raid is here and fans are in two minds about the fate of iconic villain Sylvanas Windrunner.

Sylvanas, World of Warcraft embodiment of gaslight, gatekeep, girlboss has been wreaking havoc on the game’s storyline for the last few expansions. In that time, she’s committed her fair share of crimes including inciting a major war with the Alliance, killing Horde leader Varok Saurfang, kidnapping and torturing the leaders of both factions and even burning down the iconic giant tree in Teldrassil.

To put it simply, she’s done some petty bad shit in her efforts to gather souls for the Jailer in recent years.

But a new cinematic for the Sanctum of Domination raid has opened a whole new can of worms.

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As you’d expect, the cinematic kicks off with the Jailer and Sylvanas being victorious. But when the Jailer gets too cocky and starts to boast about how everyone will serve him, Sylvanas decides she’s having none of it and shoots him.

“I will never serve,” she declares.

The Jailer then releases the chains on Jaina Proudmore, Thrall and Bolvar before leaving with the Arbiter’s sigil and Anduin in tow.

But the question now: what happens to Sylvanas?

In the final few moments of the cinematic, we can see her eyes glow blue again – signalling that the Jailer has given her back the other half of her soul, which he has presumably been holding since her death.

So now we know Sylvanas is refusing to serve anyone (despite the fact that she happily served the Jailer like a waitress for years), and has regained control of her full soul. But considering all of the pain and suffering she has caused in recent expansions, the real question is whether or not people will be willing to forgive her.

Obviously, the Sylvanas stans went wild for the news, and rightfully so.

Meanwhile, those who aren’t too fond of her didn’t love the fact that WoW is trying to make us pity her after everything she’s done.

Love her or hate her, Sylvanas isn’t going anywhere.


  • I haven’t heard a single good thing about this predictable twist – that Sylvanas was a good guy all along. What happened to all of Blizzard’s writers before 2010? When you compare SC, D1/2 and WC3 to SC2 and everything that came after it, the difference is like night and day.

    • “What happened to all of Blizzard’s writers before 2010?”

      They left the company, All the staff from back when WoW was good have left. The WoW dev team is staffed by incompetent morons now.

  • Besides the lame “to be continued” cliff hanger cause it will be mid 2022 before the next content update.

    I think at that end it didnt go far enough, before she passed out… he should of cured her Undead and returned her back to a Living.

    That would put them in a deeper moral quandary.

  • This expansions story has been just as boring if not more boring than BFA. So glad i dropped the game last xpac. FFXIV has been so much better.

    • Mentioned this a while back on another WoW topic but I get the feeling the recent batch of WoW writers might be ex wrestling writers… ones who got canned for failed stories because bloody hell the constant character heel turns at the drop of a hat flimsy diablo and deus ex machina plots completely ignoring previously set up characters personality/lore/story would make any wrestling story a masterpiece.

  • Terrible writing. She literally has been “serving” for multiple expansions if the story is to be believed, so to decide she doesn’t want to simply because the comical villain said “all will serve me” is just stupid.

    I’ve been fairly loyal to WoW but it’s been waning for years and I never bothered with Shadowlands, kind of glad for it.

  • It’s nearly as bad as “It was a dream all along!”

    Cheap, blatant cop out, and just god fucking awful writing all around really.

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