SPOILER WARNING: There is a spoiler behind the cut. Spoilers, generally defined, are hints or flat-out explanations of events in a story. Therefore, if you were to read behind the cut, you would get a hint or explanation about something happening in the Icecrown raids. I'm just warning you.
Zaneosak over on YouTube has put together a video that's pretty much a final conclusion to some things in the Icecrown Citadel in patch 3.3. Is it the final explanation? Well, let's take a look at the video behind the cut and then discuss it.
The first thing we'll point out with this video is the obvious fact that it lacks audio. It also doesn't have the text and raid events that tend to surround an auspicious event like the death of the Lich King. So the only things we can guess at must be entirely sourced from this video.
First, unlike other raid bosses, there's no flash of fire or other dissipation of Arthas. He doesn't get sucked into hell, disappear in a flash of smoke, or trot off to attack us another day. He falls over dead. What does that mean? While it's a little early to be placing our bets, it's fairly safe to say that Arthas dies at the end of Icecrown Citadel.
When Arthas is killed, however, his helmet comes off. He reaches for it, trying to grasp at it, but fails to do so before succumbing to his wounds. You'll note that he doesn't reach for Frostmourne. He's reaching for his helm. Is that because he's lost his sword, but that isn't truly the source of his power? Does the union of the Lich King and Arthas actually reside, now, in his hat?
Maybe it's that I've spent too long with other fantasy novels, but I can't help but think the Lich King's helm -- the Crown of the Scourge, if you will -- is just lying there, begging for someone to pick it up. Since Frostmourne doesn't appear in this footage, I wonder if the helm has become the new symbol for the Lich King's power. Either the raid takes it back for some as-of-yet-unseen quest . . . or someone picks it up.
We've seen hints of Bolvar's appearance in Icecrown, of course. While we don't have a lot of information about what's going to happen to him, I can't help but be reminded of the Lich King's crown. Laying there. Waiting for someone to pick it up.
Patch 3.3 is the last major patch of Wrath of the Lich King. With the new Icecrown Citadel 5-man dungeons and 10/25-man raid arriving soon, patch 3.3 will deal the final blow to the Arthas. WoW.com's Guide to Patch 3.3 will keep you updated with all the latest patch news.