Hey guys, so I'm willing to wager the majority of us have read a book or watched a movie or played a game (Mass Effect!) where the ending was unsatisfactory, where we've dreamed up or imagined one or another ending or a different scenario in a part of the medium.
This thread is ment for people to post their versions of alternate endings to different stories, to discuss the original and alternate endings and to provide feedback to the different stories posted in here. Topics can range from Star Wars to Game of Thrones and Warcraft. The sky's the limit.
Personally, I've always preferred stories of antiheroes, tragic villains, fallen heroes and stories with a basis in moral realism and grey zones, one of the few authors I've found who can accomodate those tastes is Drew Karpyshyn, with his novels of Darth Bane and Revan aswell as envisioning the original plotline of Mass Effect, highly recommended for those looking for a good, mature, dark read.
I've thought about an alternate ending for Harry Potter for a while now, though what follows below is something I worked on in making this thread, so it may include some plotholes.
The Harry Potter Saga, in my opinion, had great potential to become more than a mere commercialized teen phenomena, it could have become a much more darker and complex story, with similarities to Darth Caedus and Vader in Star Wars. I never enjoyed the series until the last parts, Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows, since that is when we learn more about the past of Snape, Voldemort, Lily and James, where we come to realize that they're more similar to one another than we believed earlier in the series, where Fable-esque morality was dominant.
I would have preferred if Harry would have increasingly become darker throughout the series, as the glamour from the first films is peeled off, with doubt and fear ever gnawing at his soul. Harry should have found out, through Snape's memories, that Snape was, in fact, his biological father, explaining the fact that he cared for him, and, also, James should have had ginger hair aswell, with Harry having darker hair similar to Snape's, as a subtle hint one would come to think of after the fact.
Voldemort, in turn, should have had his human appearance return to him as Nagini, the last Horcrux, was slain. This should have been a gradual process in the destruction of the Horcruxes, with human traits appearing and his power being weakened as the Horcruxes were destroyed one after the other. The darkness inside of Voldemort should have departed as Nagini was slain, with him being redeemed as he once again became Tom Riddle, a mortal.
Harry, consumed with anger, hate, confusion and malice in the wake of Snape's memories, should have cast Crucio on Tom, in front of the others in the courtyard, taunting him and shouting out his rage, until Hermione realizes it has become too much and tries to stop and restrain him, whilst Ron refuses to help, as he thinks Tom deserves it, and as Harry is casting the Killing Curse upon Tom, Hermione ends up in his path, but the immense hatred with which the spell is cast leads to both Tom and Hermione perishing in its wake. As this happens, a deadly silence settles upon the courtyard and the onlookers, with Harry being in a state of shock, until he gains eye contact with Ron, who is left speechless.
Before anyone is able to say or do anything, Harry departs through the use of teleportation, having become the new Dark Lord and the one Master of Death, as he would be in possession of all the Deathly Hallows, having seized the Elder Wand from Tom and kept the resurrection stone. Harry descends deeper into darkness, alone with his thoughts and the knowledge that he had slain his closest friend, Hermione, and alienated his best friend, Ron, using the stone to communicate with the spirit of Hermione, immense agony and heartache being the result.
Ron, kneeled over Hermione's limp form, curses Harry and his name, shouting out his rage and sorrow at the slaying of his life's love. As this happens, one of the onlookers in the courtyard proclaims that Dark Times are upon us, leading into the next series, of a Dark Lord Rising...
The one hope the wizards have of defeating Harry lies within Ginny, literally, as Harry, unbeknownst to both of them, should have made Ginny pregnant during their intimate moment prior to Harry's corruption. As the Dark Age continues, with Harry twisting into the most powerful dark wizard of all time, delving ever deeper into the secrets of the dark, the Weasleys are to realize that Ginny is pregnant, but the knowledge that this is Harry's child is kept from Ron, who has fallen into a deep state of depression and melancholia throughout the story, cursing himself for not stopping Hermione, for not being the one to step up to Harry, for not having died in her stead. The Weasleys realize that Ginny's child might the one hope of stopping Harry, as he continues his onslaught in the wizarding world.
The child is named after Hermione, on Ginny's own initiative, and grows up with Ginny as her mother and Ron acting as a stand-in father/uncle, still ignorant of the child's true identity, in a hidden sanctuary. Ron is told the truth once the child reaches a mature age, but still being swallowed by his sorrow, he refuses to accept the truth and departs the sanctuary, feeling as if his heart was carved out of his chest once more, as the child he has nurtured is revealed to be the offspring of his nemesis. Shortly thereafter, the Weasleys are betrayed and deceived, whether by Ron or another remains unknown, where all are slain, but Hermione is at another location at the time, and she returns to the smoldering ruins of her home, finding her entire family having been slain, she is saved from being captured by Harry's dark wizards, lying in ambush, by Ron, who spirits the youngster to safety.
Ron curses himself for having left Ginny and his family alone, and tells the whole truth about Harry, known as Thanatos ever since his downfall ("Death", from "to die, to be dying", which is what Harry has been doing inside ever since that fateful day), and the confused youngster's true identity to her. Before Hermione is able to inquire further into the details of his origins, the dark wizards assault the safehouse Ron teleported them to, the old HQ of the Order of the Phoenix. Ron tells Hermione of Dumbledore's brother, Aberforth, and gives her a seal to show to the man, a token of the Weasleys, but before Hermione is able to protest she is teleported to the Hog's Head by Ron, Aberforth's home, but not before she sees the dark wizards storm into the room and seize Ron.
This sets the path for Hermione, whose true identity is now known to Thanatos/Harry, who will be relentless in his search of his daughter and heir, to become the stalwart of the wizarding world against Thanatos/Harry.
The culmination of the storyline should be the ultimate defeat of Thanatos and salvation or redemption of Harry and his soul. This should come about through one of several ways, following an epic combat between the two, greater even than that of the duel between Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald, in Harry's dark realm, amidst a battle between the forces of both sides. Hermione realizes the futility of the course, the two locked in combat forever, neither one willing or able to slay the other. Hermione uses the only method by which one is able to defeat the Master of Death; love. She is convinced that Harry is no evil man, and so aborts the combat and dares Harry to strike his blood down, knowing that Harry is unable to do this, as his love for his daughter blocks the effects of the Unforgivable Curses.
At this point, the story can go down in one of two ways:
1. Harry is unable to slay Hermione, being redeemed at last, he is re-united with his blood. As one now believes that the story will have a happy ending, it could possibly take a different turn, with Harry having the darkness of Thanatos departing from his soul, as he now realizes how far he has fallen that he was willing to strike down his blood.
Ron, having been seized earlier on in the story, was brought to Harry's dark fortress, where he was tortured, now being deformed and near-insane from grief and hatred, he appears from behind the shadows, and with Harry now left defenseless after abandoning his power, he dies as Ron throws a Killing Curse upon him. Harry, his eyes locked with Hermione's, dies and collapses into her arms, eyes still locked, and, as he opens his mouth to say something with his last dying breath, his soul departs, and silence descends. What happens to Hermione and the storyline after this, remains a mystery.
2. Hermione is struck down by Harry, as his darker side in Thanatos gains the upper hand, her sacrifice finally lifting the veil of shadow that had descended upon Harry, having him realize that neither light nor darkness could prevent him from saving or striking down the ones he loved, as he is reminded of the fate of the first Hermione and screams out in rage as history cruelly repeats itself.
Harry is then redeemed, but now being a broken, old, shattered man, with all his friends and family having been slain one after other, he realizes he has no one left in this world. Harry uses his power as Thanatos to banish the darkness from himself, his soul and his realm, dispersing his corrupted wizards, an action which required the sacrifice of all his dark powers. The wizards of Hermione's side then storm the scene, too little too late, finding Harry, having been rid of Thanatos at last, kneeling over Hermione's limp, lifeless form...
Harry is brought before justice, being deemed to dangerous to be left to his own devices, the choice then has to be made whether to honor Harry's request of a dystopian, self-exile, to live the rest of his life in solitude, or to imprison him within the deepest confines of Azkaban for the rest of his days, similar to Illidan's punishment in Warcraft. Whichever path is chosen, the one thing that unites the court is the fact that Harry's magical abilities are an immense danger to himself, those close to him and to the wizards and non-magicians of the world aswell. A highly controversial ritual is performed whereby Harry's connection to the forces of magic is cut off, the ultimate punishment for a Dark Lord, and the Hallows are confiscated and annihilated.
The last we see of Harry is then him locked in the deepest cell of Azkaban, alone in the dark, huddled up in a dark corner, staring out through a small crack in the roof, at the permanent full-moon and darkness that lies over Azkaban, to dwell there for the rest of time, with nothing but his tormenting memories as a companion.
The alternative is that we see Harry in his self-exile, upon the stormy island where Hagrid first found him in the first movie, standing outside, touching the scar on his forehead, then staring down at his hands, amidst the storm and waves, with water running down his face from his eyes, untold whether they are tears of rain drops, his last thoughts being those of his friends and family, of his life and legend, and of his memories, to live with the torment to the end of his days. Ending with a note that this was the tragic tale of the rise and fall of Potter, the last in the line of Great Wizards and Dark Lords...
A second alternate story I've thought about regards a specific character, namely Illidan Stormrage...
WarCraft: Illidan (Posted in an earlier thread)
Illidan's one of the favourite characters of mine in the whole Saga, aside from Arthas, Sylvanas, Kael'thas, Kil'jaeden and Maiev. The potential of his story was immense.
What made him great is the fact that one can empathize with him and his cause, understand the reasons behind his actions without condoning them, realizing the tragedy of his story and the influence of other forces in his corruption.
Unfortunately, there's been a streak throughout WarCraft of heroes versus villains, rather than focusing on a moral grey zone, with a more realism-centred approach.
For example, the love triangle between him, Malfurion and Tyrande could have been expanded upon much more. What I would have preferred to see is a darker Malfurion; rather than appearing as Mr. Nice Guy in the War of the Ancients-trilogy, that should have been a facade; would have preferred if a part of him was tainted by the Burning Legion through influence by Archimonde and Sargeras, the same way Illidan was being influenced by the same characters and Lord Xavius, both using Tyrande as a means of agitating the other into heinous acts, as a part of the Legion's plan to divide and conquer the night elves through sowing mistrust amongst the leadership.
This should have culminated in a duel between a corrupted Illidan and a tainted Malfurion, where Tyrande should have either died or become mortally wounded by Illidan during the battle, as the brothers throw spells at one another, Tyrande should have been caught in the crossfire in front of Malfurion, being hit by one of Illidan's dark spells. As this happens, Malfurion rages at his brother, with his taint being lifted as the near-death of his love disperses his inner demons. Illidan, in turn, feels as his heart shatters, as he believes he has slain the woman he loves, fleeing the scene after Malfurion shouts "what have you done?!" at him. Cenarius then heals Tyrande, but she does not re-appear before Illidan during the War of the Ancients.
As he receives his final punishment by Malfurion, being imprisoned for 10,000 years below earth, Furion should not answer him once Illidan asks what became of Tyrande, stating simply that her fate is on Illidan's conscience alone, with the doors shutting behind him and Illidan being locked in his cell, to dwell on his actions alone in the dark.
As for Maiev Shadowsong, there's another character that went from stalwart to corrupted. Her obsession with Illidan and vengeance should have led to something similar to Anakin's betrayal of Windu, albeit during the Black Temple encounter; as Illidan was defeated, his corruption should have left his vessel, his wings should have scrumpled and shedded off, his horns receding into his skull, his fel markings losing their glow and becoming scars, his blindfold falling off and his eyesight returned to him as the blessing of Sargeras and corruption of Gul'dan left him.
As the players see these events unfold before their eyes, with the final form of Illidan being a normal-sized, weakened night elf lying broken and shattered on the ground in a fetal position, Maiev should have pressed for execution, with the players refusing to do this, being tasked with capturing him alive if at all possible. She claims he is too dangerous to be left alive, drawing her weapons and moving towards the body. The players then step in between her and Illidan, with Maiev starting to preach, with her obsession becoming apparent, about how she will not be remembered as the one who let the Betrayer slip from her grasp. A fight ensues, and then ends with Maiev fleeing the scene, defeated, with the skull of Gul'dan in her possession, taken from Illidan during the encounter.
At this point, the story could have gone either way; either Illidan could become Illidan the Redeemed (see further below), or he could have lived up to his name as Illidan the Betrayer earlier on during the fight, by re-animating as his true demon-self during the players' battle with Maiev, his weakened state being an illusion to bide his time and regain his strength, and striking Maiev down in a moment of her weakness, blasting the players out of the centre of the circle at the top of the Black Temple and erecting invisible barriers, whilst we watch passively as he performs a ritual similar to the one Arthas performed on Sylvanas after her defeat, where he corrupts Maiev and transforms her into something similar to himself, then takes her limp form with him as he flies away from the Temple.
What happens to the two after that is anyone's guess, but would certainly set the stage for an interesting storyline.
The following is a text, not written by me, explaining the background to a new demon hunter class, known as the Illidari, and acts as a pre-amble to what would have happened if Illidan had become Illidan the Redeemed instead following Maiev's defeat and fleeing with the skull of Gul'dan (in both this and the previous scenario, Maiev becomes corrupted, either by Illidan or by the skull, twisting into something similar to Illidan's demon form, becoming the new fallen hero).
As Illidan then becomes the new master and mentor of the demon hunters, his amber eyes should lose their color and become silver, as he has now fulfilled his destiny, finally at peace with himself and his inner demons.
ILLIDAN THE REDEEMED - DAWN OF THE ILLIDARI
"These halls once rang with laughter... with joy. Light filled every room. Peace settled upon all that walked these sacred halls.
So tainted the halls became, with the blood of innocence, when THEY came... the demons and devils of hell itself... the Burning Legion, and the orcs. The people we once considered allies. So stained were their weapons, stained of crimson blood, hot it poured from the screaming children, the weeping mothers, and the horrified fathers.
How we ran, fleeing through the crumbling remains of Draenor... our other temples had fallen. Our people, fleeing upon the Exodar, leaving us behind. We did not blame them. If it was me, I would flee too. And I did. And ill I became. Fallen. Wounded.
All seemed lost. Then, HE appeared. Dark and wicked his appearance. The wings falling like the devil's, skin ashen and coated in fel markings.
But it was his eyes that said all I needed to know, for they were non-existant. Instead, glowing fires of hell itself burned where once gentle eyes resided. A demon. A hunter.
He would save us all.
We followed Illidan, as he was called. The Betrayer to some. The Great Hunter to others. He was simply Broken, like me. A different race, maybe. But shattered, like me.
The tale of Illidan has been whispered for years. His fall, his rise to power, his final descent. All know of his final battle. All know of the betrayal he suffered from his people... from his "allies".
I, Akama, had seen what he did to his "allies". Corrupted them, broke them. He had to be stopped. And killed he was. Illidan the Betrayer was no more...
All that was left on the roof, for none but me and the other Illdari to see, was Illidan... the Redeemed.
Gone were his glowing eyes of Legion power. Ripped and shredded, lay his leathered wings of the night. Smoldering and dying, did his tattoos of fel energy fade. All that was left, was a truly shattered man, who had lost everything.
In that moment, I realized that when one loses everything, that is when one can truly strive to create and become anything one desires.
Nursed to health, within the Black Temple, he laid. His powers weak, his will becoming stronger. It was not his strength that I saw fit to let live. It was what he could, and WOULD, teach to the next generation of warriors. The generation that grew in fear of the shadowy and fel flamed hand of the Legion. Those, hunted for so long by those they hated. They would be taught by Illidan.
They, too, would become Demon Hunters.
So, I say to all those that stand before me today...those that have lost everything to the Legion...your homes, your families, your loved ones. Will you sacrifice what little you have, so others may keep all they posses? Will you, too, lay down your own greed, and learn to hunt those that prey the weak, the scared, the innocent?
Then come.. come inside the Black Temple... train within its forever darkened halls... the stained and bloody rooms, filled with demonic taint, and fel energy, come and train in the darkness, so you may move ever so swiftly like our enemies. Hunt them, strike them, destroy them!
For, in the end, you will become the monster they fear. Become the monster they flee from. The monster they bow before.