I think "the writing team failed" is a much more simple explanation.
Sure but you can pretty much fit every character anywhere with enough speculation.Seems more of a case that the community puts more effort on speculation in a specific theory than blizzard actually does for the entire game.
So we're playing 5D chess then? Is that when we're playing 2D chess but we're actually being used as pieces in a 3D chess game being imagined by someone as they are playing 4D chess ? Incept son!
Interesting theory, yeah. The thing is though, I have become so disenchanted with WoW's story-telling... and it feels like every expansion ends with just another "there's an even BIGGER threat out there!" breadcrumb. This expansion was difficult to follow, and for me, the intergalactic, cosmos, space-fantasy stuff is just getting out of control. I'm tired of the long-con, the 4D chess. I'm just ready to move on. I think it was in a recent episode of T&E where it was said something like, "The best thing the Jailer ever did was die." And imo, the best thing Shadowlands ever did was end.
This is legitimately the longest article I've seen in a wow news section of any site in my life.
I know it's just tinfoil hat theorising, but tinfoil hat theories are always more fun than the real lore anyway, so I'm into this concept. I do wonder if they rushed out the Jailer model after the original one got leaked, though.
Identification of deception as an overarching theme of this expansion is brilliant. The other strong recent example of such a theme is faith and destiny in legion and how we are in control of it ourselves and can even defy it. While I haven't had a problem with SL and the Jailer, it would be a nice wrap up to this story.
I wish Orson Scott Card wrote this much. Been waiting 19 years for the last Alvin Maker book.I feel like this whole thing is just to trick me into admitting that *I'M* the real Jailer. But you'll never get a confession out of me.
What if the true jailer who dominated the not true jailer was actually not a true jailer aswell, but was dominated to dominate the double not true jailer by the actually true jailer.
Seriously, just stop already. At this point, WoW's lore and storytelling consists only of theories and speculation, so let's not make this another "But our princess is in another castle" thing....oh wait...............
Copium. In all seriousness, this is a cool theory but I doubt Blizzard has talented enough writers to write this well.
that would be a nice twist but i doubt wow writters are that good :D
Whether or not I truly believe this could lead to anything, this theory is incredibly fun, and leads to so many 'brain blast' moments as you read through it. Kudos for the amazing article!
Brb, rewatching LOST in a language I don't know without subtitles, it'll be way easier to follow.Also please let this all be false and this story arc just ends.
Great writeup, hope some of this is true.
Good job on the article, its long but nice and interesting to read. Really enjoyed your theory
seems extremely unlikely that the primus, who seems to be revered throughout ALL realms (not just maldraxxus) for his honor and wisdom, would randomly just... not be as noble as he has been. i think analyses like these are fun to write, read, and speculate about, but i don't think there is much depth to legitimately ANYTHING in shadowlands lore. we think they are going to introduce some level of complexity to these characters eventually, but we receive pretty surface-level stuff patch after patch.also just my own opinion--the story becomes a lot less interesting if the primus is actually a twist villain. this whole time in maldraxxus we essentially ally with creatures we would identify as the undead scourge on azeroth. i mean we had a questline with alexandros mograine saying that he doesn't understand why he would be sent to maldraxxus if he dedicated his life to purging the undead. by far the deepest and most interesting lore reveal this expansion for me has been blurring the lines between what looks evil and what doesn't; the idea that some souls still seek glory and honor even in death and being able to see positive qualities in maldraxxus soldiers was jarring but really cool to me. making it so the primus was actually a bad guy all along defeats the purpose of maldraxxus' existence for me in this expansion.
I'll be impressed if you figured it out, but I don't think blizzard writes that deep anymore.
I think the fact it takes a huge speculative essay like this to try and make sense of Shadowlands lore shows how soundly the lore team failed this expansion. I was gonna just write Copium but that's already been done.