This week, the narrative team of Destiny 2 has been making the rounds, doing interviews about why the story is so much better these days (because they’re making it more like an ongoing TV show, among other reasons). There have been some interesting quotes here and there, but one stands out above most others.
In a GamesRadar interview, the question of the return of the weapon Spoiler Alert was brought up. That’s a gun that showed up shortly before Forsaken with the flavor text “Someone is going to die.” Then Cayde-6 died. Now it’s back, and everyone thought it may be signaling the same thing.
Well, Bungie pretty much confirmed that now. Nikko Stevens, senior narrative designer, had this to say when questioned about the gun’s return:
“It’s not a coincidence,” Stevens says. “That’s all I’ll say.”
So, someone is going to die. And probably someone more significant than say, Lakshmi-2, who was killed off last season. So, who are the possible options here?
Mara Sov – Mara thinks she has this big, brilliant plan to outwit Savathun that we already know is going to go wrong, so I can see Mara being the one to die as she fails to control Savathun once she escapes her cocoon. And yet, Mara already sort of died once, and given her current status, I’m not sure anyone would even really mourn her but Petra, given how manipulative and cutthroat she’s proven to be. She’s not my pick.
Ikora Rey – This is a big possibility. We know Ikora is intimately involved in the Witch Queen story, she’s the only NPC we’ve seen in the trailer so far. Ikora’s voice actress was recently recast, and Bungie may believe it’s time to retire the character. However, if they kill off the Warlock Vanguard next after killing off Cayde, the Hunter Vanguard without ever replacing him, I have to believe that the entire Vanguard as an organization is not long for this world.
Zavala – My guess is that Zavala is in Witch Queen in some capacity, but not as a major player. However, there have been many, many Vex prophecies that have predicted Zavala’s death, and many other aspects of the prophecies have come true. But I don’t think the series wants to lose its most loyal voice actor, Lance Reddick.
Crow – Look, I just don’t see it. I don’t think Bungie would spend the entire year building up Crow only to have him killed in Witch Queen. I’d say he’s five times more likely to become Hunter Vanguard than to die.
Eris Morn – More notes from the above interview make it pretty clear Eris Morn is probably going to be a figure in the Witch Queen. Her dying there would be something of a fitting finale for her character, given all she’s endured because of Savathun, and I could see her sacrificing herself to make sure Savathun is defeated, joining her dead fireteam at last. Not that I want her to die, but I could see it.
Osiris – It’s a bit of question mark whether or not Osiris is even alive at all right now, so I suppose the death could be confirmation that yes, Savathun actually killed him already. But no, I don’t think he’s dead and no, I don’t think we’d go through all this just to have him return and then be actually killed.
Past this cluster, I don’t really have any choices. I feel like sub-characters like Drifter or Elsie Bray aren’t going to be in Witch Queen. Saladin and Shaxx never do anything except in the lore. They won’t kill Saint. So we’re running out of major players here, and I do think the choice is on that list, with my top two picks being Ikora or Eris. But we’ll have to see how this all plays out.
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