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2-20-2010 @ 8:50PM
Okay, near the end of your article you quote Arthas' final words "I see only darkness before me." Now, I know that this doesn't have much to do about the great Bolvar, but this has been nagging at my brain since I spoiled the end cinematic for myself. Is that sentence really only translated as to what Arthas is really seeing? Before the fateful sentence that supposedly sums up no redemption for bad-boy Arthas, King Terenas tells him no king rules forever. I know this may sound like a long shot or that I'm stretching, but the way Arthas responds could be translated differently because of the pause in his sentence structure. Watch it over again and you may see it different. Terenas "No king rules forever."Arthas "I see. Only Darkness before me." If taken that way, it sounds like Arthas has realized his faults. Couple that with his first words "Father! Is it over?" and that's a pretty good argument. Then it seems that he alludes to the idea Uther gave us that the Lich King must live on through somebody when he characterizes the Darkness having to rule forever and through an entity that can hold it in check. Sorry for being a bit off topic.
2-21-2010 @ 1:19AM
First, the idea of Arthas on his death bed responding to "No king rules forever" with the line "I see" is just incredibly hilarious to me. "Gotcha, pops. thx."The bigger takeaway with that line, which I definitely believe is a single sentence and not two, is that Arthas is not going to be redeemed, whether he had belatedly realized his faults, kissed his pappy's massive man hand, or anything else. The Light already decided he was a full-out prick, and they weren't about to let him have his happy-ghost-at-the-Ewok-party ending.
2-21-2010 @ 4:10AM
Go back and watch the cinematic where he responds. He doesn't respond as the cocky, self-righteous, hot-headed child he was when he culled Stratholme. Listen to the tone of voice and the tone of desperation. It's not completely out of this world that he can't come to realize that nobody can rule forever. Yes, maybe he was past redemption and was on his way to eternal suffering, but that doesn't mean that it's impossible for him to at least realize he has been a bit of a toolbag.My point of speculation was that it could be two sentences or it could be one and the way the voice acting was recorded could be something Blizz did on purpose. I interpreted it as two sentences. Hilarious as that may be to you, that's how I heard it. Don't respond to flame me, be constructive.
2-21-2010 @ 7:56AM
Yes, but what if when Arthas said "Father, is it over?", he meant "Father, have I lost?" rather than what most people believe he meant which is "Father, am I free?"
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