Arcane Act 3 provides the closing act on the first season of Arcane. With season 2 having been announced by Riot, viewers should expect a extension of the story in the future. A lot happened in Act 3. To avoid spoilers, the specificity of the plot development will be purposely omitted.
[Related: Arcane Act 2 Overview]
The final act concluded the character development processes introduced throughout the series. Some characters fill the shoes of their iconic League of Legends champion personas. Others have just begun to show their development, still a long way from their champion iterations. But regardless, Arcane Act 3 clearly reveals to the audience the champions’ underlying motivations. For viewers unfamiliar with League of Legends, Arcane Act 3 creates and introduces characters with lasting impressions and vast depth.
In a story centering around inner regional conflicts, the thematic references from Act 1 come full round, drawing focus onto the never ending attempt for peace and equality. Ironically, the peace and equality always begins with violence.
Arcane’s third act tied together the character narratives alongside the regional conflicts in a magnificent manner. Each small aspect seemingly unrelated to another connected in the long run. The details and nuanced references paint a bigger picture. One bigger than any of the character’s narrow views, larger than even the scope of Arcane itself. In such a story telling process, Heimerdinger’s warnings from his long years of life resound loudly.
With the conclusion of Riot’s first television production, the world of Runeterra opens up. The narrow point of view on Piltover and Zaun expanded ever so slightly throughout the three acts. And though Act 3 was the final act thus far, it truly marks only the beginning. The possibilities for Riot’s future television productions is truly endless. Whether or not the later iterations will be as amazing as Arcane, who knows. But Arcane undoubtedly set the bar very high. Almost impossibly so.
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