With patch 3.2 out, all I eyes are turning toward patch 3.3 and asking the ever present question, “So what happens next?”
The answer is simple. We’re going to kill Arthas.
And yes, you should read into that.
We’re not going to kill the Lich King, we’re going to kill Arthas, and my reason for thinking this goes all the way back to BlizzCon ’05.
Someone in the audience asked Chris Metzen if we would ever have a chance to fight the Lich King.
Metzen replied to much applause, “Yes… but come on, do you really think Arthas is a level 70 boss?” Not only was this the first confirmation we’d get to fight the Lich King, it was also the first time many of us heard concrete word from Blizzard that the level cap would not stop at 70.
But there was something more to what Metzen said…As he continued to speak, he kept saying “Arthas” instead of “Lich King”. And it wasn’t just that, it was how he said it, almost with a knowing grin.
“Arthas is going down… he has it coming…”
Since this was a “Lore” seminar, a number of us picked up on it. The Lich King is, of course, a combination of two people, Ner’zhul and Arthas.
So no, I don’t think the Ner’zhul half of the Lich King is going anywhere.
And that leads to the real question we should all be asking, “After Arthas is dead, what is Ner’zhul going to do?” The bodies of Fordragon and Saurfang the Younger immediately come to mind, but who knows? A reconstructed Frozen Throne? Probably not, since that’s a step backwards. Either way though, with Arthas gone, Ner’zhul is going to need to inhabit something or somebody. So what or who could that be.