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.
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.
Sylvanas stans today pic.twitter.com/92n7ASrHHU— Sarah ???? (@Jaina_apologist) July 7, 2021
me when they try to put my girl sylvanas on trial pic.twitter.com/DT9m1MvpkV— Forsaken Himbo ???? (@boredaeron) July 7, 2021
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.
WoW: tries to make me pity sylvanas— ☽ druids ☾ (@dreadfuldruid) July 7, 2021
me: no ????
Love her or hate her, Sylvanas isn’t going anywhere.