Now comes MOP and I have absolutely no idea who the bad guy is. I've heard rumors that there "Isn't a bad guy" - and that the fight is actually against the other faction. This isn't exceptionally exciting... Watching the TBC trailers (You are not prepared) and the Wrath trailers (Our line has always ruled...) got you interested... Cata was a let down... Now MOP doesn't have anything interesting.
Varian and Garrosh are currently roughly equal mixed-morality characters, Varian dealing with everything he went through as a slave and desire for revenge conflicting with the needs of his people and Garrosh trying to hang onto honor despite the bloodlust and the urging from members of the Horde who have not rejected the old demon-tainted ways as easily as orcs like Thrall and Saurfang have. By the end of the expansion (going to happen in-game rather than "read the novel," yay!) Varian will rise into a new Uther/Lothar-like nobility (hopefully seeing it happen in-game will help lessen the issues we had with Thrall) and Garrosh will fall to being the final Big Bad. It's not going to be that way at the start of the expansion though, as the Alliance and Horde escalate their war into Pandaria we'll see events there influence the characters. This isn't TBC's "Illidan and the Burning Legion are mean nasty folks, but they're brooding in fortresses for now", Wrath's "Arthas is a mean nasty guy, but he's brooding in a fortress for now" or Cata's "Deathwing's a mean nasty dragon, but he's flying out of arrow range setting people on fire for now." There is no official Bad Guy at the start of the expansion, even if we know who'll end up as one.
Time will tell if they manage to pull it off. Edited, Apr 26th 2012 12:58pm by selebrin
Beohrn -- 85 druid
Brandmanen -- 85 Hunter
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"The warrior acts, the fool reacts"
Please pardon the ego, it keeps getting stuck in doorways. I'm working on it.