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7-18-2011 @ 3:22PM
To be perfectly honest, I was getting a little tired of Thrall, too. However, as a character the fact remains that throughout the majority of vanilla WoW Thrall remained a stationary and static figure, with little to show for all the character development he'd been given. In Burning Crusade, we got to see him do a little more, in Wrath he was WAY more present than he'd been in a long time.What I find fascinating about his journey is that instead of taking the tactic "Oh Thrall's been doing amazing stuff, you guys just haven't seen it," they've actually gone the opposite route and shown us that Thrall, big bad Warchief of the Horde, isn't really *happy*. The one problem I had with the character was that he seemed to be his position -- Warchief -- rather than the three dimensional character we saw in Lord of the Clans. The effort they've made to reclaim that character from the two-dimensional obscurity we saw in vanilla has been amazing.As for Twilight of the Aspects, it seemed -- to me anyway -- to put the final touches on Thrall's character, for now. By the end of things, he knows where he's at and he knows what he's after. I was a bit bored with Thrall's story prior to reading the novel because it seemed like they were just rehashing the same things, over and over again with no resolution; this book has the resolution the character needed.Now if they'd do the same with some other characters from the franchise (Varian, Jaina, I'm looking at you two), I'd be ecstatic. With Wolfheart coming out later this year, it appears they are moving on to Varian, which is something I've been waiting for since his brief -- and startling -- appearance in The Shattering. Varian's not right in the head, hasn't been for a long time, and it's one of those things that needs to be addressed just as badly as Thrall's situation did.
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