In the Halo fandom, nobody seems to understand why I feel strongly about the way the Didact is, so here I’m going to explain it more in depth about why I hope that Warden Eternal; the possible new antagonist for Halo 5 Guardians, is not the Didact, and why I would prefer the Didact not come back after his composition…..unless there’s some miracle that he was made to look composed, but really wasn’t……highly unlikely or not.
So I’m going to talk about Warden Eternal first:
So looking at the Warden here, I think he’s pretty badass. I remember watching the gameplay of when we first see him, and I loved the entrance he made, it was pretty cool. All we know so far is that he is the keeper of the Domain. The Didact was often trying to access the Domain in Halo Cryptum. So you know what that makes me strongly believe? Warden is definitely not the Didact digitized. But I still look forward to seeing him in the new game, regardless. I don’t have much to say about him, except that he’s a badass and I want to learn more about him when I can.
You know how much I love the Didact right? It’s difficult to love him due to the fact that he’s more hated than loved by the community. So, some of us believe he’s coming back in the next game; but I’m one of those people who only wish he did if 343i didn’t screw him up. But they DID screw him up in many ways. He’s one of my favourite villains no doubt. He’s misunderstood by many fans, but once you get to know him, he is more than meets the eye. Instead of being Forerunner cybernetics or whatever, we got something original, and organic. We got a Forerunner as in one of the people rather than their technology. I like that, I mean come on, we never get to see that. What did 343i do: portray him badly as a Disney villain and then throw him out as quickly as possible.
There are many ways to “waste” a good character if you read my entry “Great Characters Gone to Waste” killing them isn’t the only way. Another way is to turn them into something we’ve already seen enough of. So in a way, digitizing the Didact is like a slap in the face to fans like me who love him. It’s also a big-time ruin to his story which practically ruins all chances of redemption at this time. I believed the Didact could redeem himself, but not if he comes back with his conscience inside one of those Guardians, or as some other digital form. I was hoping for something not so sudden. Wasn’t he supposed to be immune to the Composer after altering his appearance? It seems that 343i wants to digitize everything these days.
Some people don’t understand why I feel this way about the Didact, if you’re not on his side like I am, then you wouldn’t understand. When you like a certain character in a story, no matter their role, you develop an attachment to them; it’s like you’re the only one that can see through them, understand why they are the way they are, etc. If a change happens to them that is sudden and not something you think should happen, it’s a slap in the face to you, and anyone else who likes that character too. It could be killing that character off, or changing them something that isn’t as badass, sexy, etc. than their original form.
I know it seems like a very narrow opinion, but if you have an attachment to a certain character, you won’t always accept everything that happens to them from whatever universe they come from. I’m pissed that Optimus Prime turned hostile in the last movie and I also hate how Kit Fisto was killed seconds after engaging Emperor Palpatine with Mace Windu. If I have to rant about this then I will. This is the reason behind why, with the Didact, I don’t feel ready to have him return.
343i should have made his story better otherwise I would not be writing this. If some people are more open-minded to changes happening with characters in these universes, that’s okay. It’s not that I’m unable to accept change, I may eventually be able to accept that this is what happened, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.
So, I definitely believe that Warden Eternal and the Didact are not the same individual. If they were the same however, I mean they’re both awesome characters, but I don’t think Warden can ever replace the Didact, even like that.
But whatever happens to the Didact now, I will probably not be pleased with the results; unless he miraculously survives and remains organic, it won’t be the same if he returns digitized, 343i ruined the Didact that I loved, and this is something that I’m not expecting everyone to understand. It’s not that I don’t have an open mind, it’s that if you develop an attachment to a character, it’s possible you won’t like every change that happens to them.