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"The King & The Queen" is the introductory cinematic opening theme for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. It depicts Sylvanas Windrunner challenging Bolvar Fordragon at the Frozen Throne. It was first shown at BlizzCon 2019.



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Sylvanas Windrunner: Icecrown. A monument to our suffering.
Sylvanas Windrunner approaches the Icecrown Citadel. Two shambling skeletons ready their weapons but do not attack. As Sylvanas ascends the stairs to the front entrance, a number of skeletons slowly follow.
Sylvanas Windrunner: The veil between life and death... where a usurper sits on a Frozen Throne.
Sylvanas enters the Citadel and makes her way to the Frozen Throne, where an army of skeletons waits.
Sylvanas Windrunner: But no king rules forever.
The Lich King Bolvar Fordragon rises from the Frozen Throne, a great hammer filled with flame in his hand. He breathes a sigh and his eyes turn cold blue. He then bares his hammer, infusing it with frost, which spreads down his arms and snuffs out the dragonsfire beneath his blackened skin. As the Lich King walks forward, the skeletons begin to rush Sylvanas. She smiles.
[Blizzard Entertainment Presents]
Sylvanas dispatches the final skeleton with a black arrow to its skull. Bolvar, two arrows in his shoulder already, engages her with a downward slam of his hammer. She blocks with her bow and fires an arrow into Bolvar's chest, then leaps away when he swings again. He glares and uses magic to hurl three spires of saronite at her. Sylvanas dodges the first two, then splits the third in half with an arrow, which lands in the ice above the Throne.
The Lich King lifts his hammer in front of him and strikes its handle into the ground. Thick frost spews from its head, obscuring Sylvanas's vision in a supernatural blizzard. Though Sylvanas manages to dodge Bolvar's hammer attacks, she's taken by surprise when another saronite chunk flies out of the frost.
Bolvar drops the blizzard with a wave of his hand. Sylvanas has disappeared. As Bolvar looks around, black chains appear from the arrows in his skin and latch onto the ground, trapping him. A cloud of smoke forms back into Sylvanas, and a chain from the arrow above the Frozen Throne wraps itself around her hand. She pulls, bringing a huge chunk of ice crashing down on the Lich King. When the air clears, he tries to strike out at Sylvanas, but more chains pull him to his knees.
Sylvanas Windrunner: You are unfit to wear this crown...
Bolvar yells as Sylvanas lifts the Helm of Domination from his head. The frost magic is pulled from his body into the helm, and his eyes turn red with fire once more. Sylvanas gazes into the helm.
Sylvanas Windrunner: wield so much power.
Bolvar Fordragon: That power... will be your prison.
Sylvanas Windrunner: This world is a prison.
Sylvanas lifts the helm closer to her—but instead of putting it on, she begins to pry it apart with her hands. Her eyes glow red, black smoke billows behind her, and she screams a banshee scream. As the helm cracks in two, a force erupts and the bleak Northrend sky breaks, revealing a stormy orange sky and an upside-down tower that mirrors Icecrown Citadel. The veil between the world of the living and the Shadowlands has been broken.
Half of the helm drops next to Bolvar, who turns to watch the rift, uncertainty in his eyes.
Sylvanas Windrunner: And I will set us all... free.
[World of Warcraft: Shadowlands]


  • Director: Brian Horn
  • Writing: Robert Brooks[1]
  • Lighting and composition: Bryan Locantore[2]
  • Models: Luciano Di Fede,[3]Alexandra Reeves,[4] Chunk Kan,[5] Shannon Thomas,[5] Aaron Hamman[6]
  • Others: Taka Yasuda, David Satchwell, Fabio Zungrone, Christ Thunig, Jeff Chamberlain, Steven Chen, Phillip Hillenbrand, Carlos Larkin, Patty Mattson, Shannon Thomas, Aaron Hamman, Chung Kan, Jason Huang, Kenny Huang, Kenson Yu, Taso Gionis, Sengjoon Song, Chris Jennings, Luciano Di Fede, Laurent Pierlot, Sheng Jin, Enrique Munoz, Jason Fleming, Scott Trosclair, Mark Lai, David Luong, Erich Burchfield, Bryan Locantore, Kevin McDonald, Kyle Humphrey, Matthew Berenty, Mathew Thomas, Chris Rock, Hamoudi Moneimne, Brandon Harris, Michelle Sampior, Shu Fujita, Rebecca Lilienfeld, Hannah Dalrymple, Jake Patton, Anna Morgan, Paul Ingegneri, Alexandre Kumpel, Alvin Geno, Thomas Duong, Sada Namiki, Glenn Ramos, Jason Herschaft, Chris McCormick, Ronny Kim, Yohei Koike, Rini Sugianto, James Crowson, Michael Bomagat, Lih Chang, Tao Ye, Bobbak Sabet, Jared Mayberry, Brian Lee, Ricardo Biriba, Steeg Haskell, Brandy Stiles, Adrian Niu, Becca Baldwin, Hung Le, Drew Dobernecker, Nelson Wang, Shawn Liang, Susan Hatton, Steven Guevara, Ken Faiman, Solhee Ryu, Jorge Cereijo-Perez, Pete Megow, Scott Lange, Andrea Paulino, Suzi Little, Sean Burgoon, Travis Miller, Michael Sandrik, Sam Alicea, Pio Krawczyk, Alan Chan, Wey Wong, Dennis Bredow, Eddie Kim, Jongha Baik, Jiwon Park, Manlin Sun, James Ma, Sari Rodrig, Kilian Aulenbacher, Meg Higginbotham, Kristy Robinson, Sean Copeland, Justin Parker, Robert Brooks, Christie Golden, George Krstic, Ralph Sanchez, Timothy Loughran, Josh Tallman, Laurent Pierlot, Manuel Dischinger, Claver Knowick, Roman Kenney, Sean McNally, Stephane Belin, Sam Alicea, Dennis Bredow, James Ma, Michael Sandrik, Wey Wong, Piotrek Krawczyk, Mike Koizumi, Ted Boonthanakit, Mio Del Rosario, Jacob Rivera, Shannon Eric Denton, Vimanyu Jain, Hamoudi Moneimne, Nema Safvati, Seung Kim, Shuntaro Furukawa, John Lockwood, Josh Clos, Andy Gauvreau, Atsushi Ikarashi, Alex Lim, Brett Angelillis, Andrew Paules, Ashraf Ghoniem, Anna Pasz, Vince Lee, Jon Teer, Sarah White, Meg Morris, Lulu Simon, Joe Frayne, Cynthia Dickson, Michael Taranto, Chris Rock, Jami Levesque, Ryan Heniser, Evan Butler, Meg Morris, Lulu Simon, Cynthia Dickson, Michael Taranto, Sky Kovac, Allen Stetson, Joe Frayne, Caroline Hernandez, Ariel Wang, Brian Johnson, John Thomas, Chris Battaglia, Cody Flick, Isaac Hammons, David Farmer, Derek Duke, John Kurlander, Neal Acree, Andrea Toyias, Michael Roache, Gregg Barbanell, Gary Coppola, Gary Summers[7]

Notes and trivia[]

  • The undead in the opening shot is the exact same undead that was in the ending shot of the Wrath cinematic.[10]
  • Pulling from the Wrath of the Lich King cinematic was difficult and almost did not work, due to tech changes over the years.[11]
  • The events of the cinematic are supplemented by We Ride Forth.
  • Shadows Rising's epilogue continues from the moment Sylvanas destroys the Helm of Domination.



  1. ^ Christie Golden on Twitter: "Credit for the cinematic goes to @RoBrooks13 @TerranGregory and I wrote the Features cinematic that followed. :) "
  2. ^ Bryan Locantore on ArtStation
  3. ^ Luciano Di Fede on ArtStation
  4. ^ Alexandra Reeves on ArtStation
  5. ^ a b Shannon Thomas on ArtStation
  6. ^ Aaron Hamman on ArtStation
  7. ^ Brian Horn on YouTube
  8. ^ Brian Horn on Twitter: "If you don’t like Sylvanas, what could be more satisfying than throwing a few of her biggest mistakes back in her face? #edgeofnight"
  9. ^ Brian Horn on Twitter: "Fun fact: the scourge army in this cinematic are made up of repurposed scourge from the original WOTLK and the female undead archers from BfA. We swapped some armor around and retextured a few things. Gave them weapons from some Diablo 3 cines and boom! Movie Magic!"
  10. ^ Brian Horn on Twitter: "Although maybe the one thing that wasn’t caught is that the scourge undead in the opening shot is the same exact guy that was in the ending shot of the WOTLK cinematic from 10 years ago."
  11. ^ Brian Horn on Twitter: "Yeah, pulling from WOTLK was a deep almost didn't work. It really depends since the tech changes so much over the years."