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Season 9 Discussion Thread [Warning: SPOILERS!!!!!]

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When my curiosity gets piqued, I have a bit of a tendency to make… rather faulty speculations, I believe.

Hopefully I’m not too irritating with that.
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Changing the status quo.

Putting characters in new relationships or new situations, aging up kids, adding new kids, introducing new races or whatnot.

For example I wouldn’t be surprised to see 3 or 4 sugarmac foals, and a CMC-age Flurry Heart.


Adding new villains entirely is something for the fandom to take over, imo.
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@cheezedoodle

Oh, a timeskip then.

Yeah, that sure would be better than to end it with a vague "And they were happy ever after" claim.

But then, that brings the possibility of an "Everybody becomes a PRINCESS" ending, which is… well, it’s gonna be something for sure.
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For new villains, you could do a crossover if you’re in the fandom and are so inclined, if you’d rather not make up a new one.

The show has zero obligation to throw more explicit impending threats at them at this point, especially considering what show this is.

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@lonewolf

Sunset appearing in the show might be a lost cause a thousand times over, y’know.

It would be funny to see people get pissed off over it though.
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The other five becoming alicorns is actually the only way they could "rule together".

That’s more likely to happen than having any mention of Equestria Girls or Sunset, actually.
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I’d rather there being proof that Twilight isn’t immortal as that is only for major alicorns like Celestia and Luna, but… who am I kidding.

Most insultingly of all, this will be hailed as a "Buy our Toys" move despite how Hasbro already abandoned the IP marketing-wise. So they’re going to take the characters we’ve known for so long, twist all of them into the same thing Twilight is and call it a day without even making mention of it in merchandise.
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Not really the only way. If Star Swirl the Bearded survives the finale (guessing he will), he can very likely cast age spells (I think it’s pretty much explicit canon that he can), and I think you’d be hard-pressed to say it’s beyond Twilight’s (and probably by extension Starlight’s) potential to do it, not to mention the possibility of friendship magic making them live longer anyway.

As for Spike, he struck gold by being born a dragon, so he’s seemingly a given for being around a long time, aside from the unlikely event of an unnatural death.
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Yeah, that’s definitely going to suck if it happens.

The whole ruling together thing has either been bunk since day one, or Celestia being Celestia hasn’t told everyone everything and the Mane Six all being alicorns has always been the ultimate plan. Why else are there six (well, seven if you count Spike but whatever) thrones and a round table? And even up to now, Twilight is the only one of them with any real authority despite "ruling together". Ponyville’s going to become the new Canterlot by the end one way or another.
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Not really the only way. If Star Swirl survives the finale, he can very likely cast age spells (I think it’s pretty much explicit canon that he can)


That raises an interesting though. Starswirl was artificially aged through magical exertion a la Mistmane. So would de-aging spells counter that or put him closer to the grave?
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Well, either way, I’d imagine there also exists potions for that very purpose.

(I know you’re talking about the Journal of the Two Sisters, but the show itself hasn’t actually addressed Star Swirl being prematurely aged by the sun-raising, has it? So take from that what you will, since some of it got contradicted by the show.)
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Okay, so if you wanted to take a bit from the book, you could say Star Swirl got locked to say, being middle aged with white-hair from the exertion, and trying to make himself go younger than that wouldn’t work. Or something. Maybe that’s a bad take, you be the judge.

In any case, the PoS said he was slightly more powerful than Twilight ("Argh! This one is almost as… strong as you, Star Swirl."), as of the S7 finale, so he’s still strong.
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