There’s a new cutscene on the PTR, which might hold a lot of significance, as Anduin and Sylvanas talk. However, we don’t yet know what they’re saying as the audio and text parts have not been added yet, but we have a somewhat solid idea/theo…
There's a new cutscene on the PTR, which might hold a lot of significance, as Anduin and Sylvanas talk. However, we don't yet know what they're saying as the audio and text parts have not been added yet, but we have a somewhat solid idea/theory of what's going on.
Obviously major potential spoilers.
The blue box in the middle that isn't rendered yet is supposed to be Anduin's/Varian's compass that was found on the Broken Shore where Varian died. The conversation takes place in Korthia, with the mood not being too bright, as you can see from the two having the conversation and from the ones watching. The cutscene is named "Anduin's Goodbye" in the game files and has lead to some (hasty) speculation about Anduin's fate from some in the community, but let's take a look first:
While there isn't much to be seen above, we can conclude/assume some things based on what we already know (this is entirely my personal speculation, however?
- This happens some time after the 9.1 Kingsmourne intro cinematic, as Korthia seemed to be arriving to the Maw during it (but it may have been there for a while, we can't be sure).
- The Compass is being used to either extract a memory or secure a link with Anduin directly, so we're either seeing something from the past or "live" during the quest.
- I strongly assume that this happens BEFORE the Sanctum of Domination raid, where we see Anduin fight us in the final phase of the Sylvanas encounter. While it may be a post-raid quest that unlocks this, it's much more likely that it happens during our campaign in Korthia, to give us a bigger connection with Anduin and add some depth to Sylvanas before we meet them in the final encounter of the raid.
- Some have speculated that this might indicate a very bad end for Anduin after that Sanctum fight, but I would say that this happens before. The "Anduin's Goodbye", in my opinion, refers to him losing his free will "permanently"/giving up the struggle after gaining back some of it in waves, as we've seen in the Kingsmourne cutscene, as he tells Syvanas that he can't resist the Jailer anymore, even for brief periods. The goodbye then refers to his "final" thoughts as Anduin and not the Jailer's vessel/weapon, presumably to say something poignant to Sylvanas, as she's not too happy with what's happening to him as has been hinted at in the Kingsmourne cutscene. This then also might play in to her eventual/possible/partial redemption as Anduin's influence may sway her in some key moment. Alternatively, as Anduin doesn't seem the sort to just give up, it could also be an entirely different context for the goodbye, but my main point is that I find it unlikely to happen post-raid or that it indicates Anduin's long-term fate in any way.
I'd also wager that we do in fact return Anduin from this mindless/pawn state post-Sanctum, perhaps not in 9.1 but at some point before the end of the Shadowlands. Personally I'm still rooting for Arthas to play into it somehow, as the Jailer is busy with his grand agenda and Anduin gets some help from an unlikely place.
What do you think is happening in the cutscene? Is Anduin doomed post-Sanctum?
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