Well, what the hell. I’m always wrong about this stuff anyway, so here’s my two-cents’ worth. And I’m a nerd who works with numbers for a living, so I will try to stick with the original numbering as well as I can:
1) Darmok is a very nice ace-in-the-hole. I think it would be very, very wise of Jason to just file that character away for a while, let some time go by, let us listeners forget about him, and then BAM! – when we least expect it… (creepy-voice whisper) “Hello…child…I’ve finally found you.” And watch the interwebs explode.
2) I seem to recall there being a theory that releasing the gods automatically triggers the release of the Eladrin. Maybe that was just player-hopefulness. But wait…no…didn’t that come from the swamp-witch herself? Steve, I’m counting on you, sir. Set me straight on this. But in the meantime, let’s just go with that theory for now:
Personally, I never understood why the Eladrin would have to automatically be released as soon as the gods are. Why? Because the swamp witch says so? She hates the Eladrin, and there’s no reason that she should tell the truth about how to release them. Personally, I think it would be amazing for Daegon to go back to that cave, expecting to be reunited with his loved ones, and find them all still imprisoned. And now, the problem isn’t figuring out how to get a swamp-witch to let them go. The problem is figuring out how to get a GOD to let them go…an insane, vengeful god.
Of course, if the swamp-witch said the Eladrin will be freed, then that’s that. From what I can remember, I don’t think any NPC in the history of this show has ever told an outright lie to a player character. Players and listeners have misunderstood or jumped to the wrong conclusion about something. Or the NPC may have just been wrong or maybe even cuckoo (cough-lizardmen-cough). But I’m pretty sure that no NPC has ever told an out-and-out lie.
So if that’s the case, then the Eladrin will be back. Fortunately there are no war-forged squatting in their city anymore. But there is that rotting dragon carcass… I don’t imagine the entirety of the Eladrin race will have too much trouble shooing the Black Dragon off their property, especially since Amara took a big chunk out of its back.
3) Jason has plans for those orcs. And it’s definitely going to be fun. I imagine that diplomatic envoys will have their hands full.
But my question is…once those orcs finally leave their doorstep, and the dwarves now find themselves with a lot of time on their hands, what kind of mischief is Stonesunder going to get up to?
4) I adore Una, but I don’t think it really makes sense for her to keep adventuring. At the very least, I’m sure she’ll want to take Stormrender back to the Temple of Kord. But like Steve said, with Craig gone, who is going to run the temple now? Julie? Sod that! Una would not be okay with that at all! (Sorry, Bad Neighbor, but I can’t see Una being that reasonable.) And with no other obvious candidate in line, Una would be left with no other option but to do it herself.
And this would give Izzy the chance to pull out that back-up character she rolled up 150 years ago that first time she thought Una was going to die.
5) I imagine the Black Hand is going to have to spend a bit of time figuring what the hell happened. Even weeks later, I imagine she’s still looking out her window, scanning the skies for clouds of demons, and saying “…any minute now…”
(Oh, and I agree with Dsheeks and kumokurin. I was under the impression that the Black Hand is a title, a mantle of power that the leader of the organization assumes.)
But let’s not forget that she already had a team of demons at her disposal. So even if the seal didn’t release hordes of demons, there’s obviously still some other way of getting through to this dimension (which would be a way of bringing Darmok back some day, too). So unless the gods want to get involved, we haven’t seen the last of those creeps.
6) As for the Black Dragon, why did she attack Winterhaven? Um…nah, I got nuthin’.
I think the group memberships are about to change for a variety of reasons, so it might be a mistake to keep calling them groups one, two, three, and four. (Maybe this is good opportunity to re-introduce the idea of team names?) But for clarity, let’s stick with the standard numbering system.
G1) I got the feeling from the things that Malchus was saying all through episode 200 that Rob is having way too much fun with Malchus to set him aside. That being said, I would love to see what else Rob can come up with. Sure, Haven was emo and annoying. But Cassie is so much fun, and I’ll bet she’s just the tip of the iceberg.
G2) This group has things to settle in Brightport. So I’m hoping they’ll decide to go back and put the Black Hand in the ground before they decide to run any other errands. I think that should be priority one.
G3) I was thinking the same thing as Steve. Una has responsibilities in Esterholt. I think Thantos is going to want to follow Daegon for a while. And I don’t want to see Marrek and Calluna leave, so I’m just going to jam my fingers into my ears and go “la la la…”
G4) Two words: Pugilist Society!!!
“The first rule of the Pugilist Society is that one does not speak openly about said Pugilist Society. The second rule of the Pugilist Society…”
The Bell of Vecna was a MacGuffin to get DRP out into the world and doing something. That being said, too much airtime was spent on it to not do something with it at some point. So yes, we'll see it again, sooner or later. I also suspect that we haven't heard the last of Loreweaver's plague. I think handing that particular doomsday weapon over to people who take things apart and play with the pieces out of scientific curiosity is a catastrophe just waiting to happen.
For a long time, I was in agreement with what DSheeks said (I think I said it in the forums at some point, too). I used to think that the Eladrin had a damned good reason for locking up the gods. But then along came Tarandor who basically repeated everything the swamp-witch had said. So it really was just arrogance, after all.
The gods are back, and I see nothing good coming of that. Again, I’m always wrong about this stuff, but that is what my gut is telling me. And like TCKnight said, I imagine the first one that will want to interact with mortals will be the Chained God. And we all know how much fun she is. Life o’ the bloomin’ party, that one…