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Return to The Crystal Empire - Part 2
186.22.92.146 19:26, November 17, 2012 (UTC) I predict, by the end of the series, Twilight Sparkle will become an Alicorn. Even though she has the wits, all of her tests are made to make her more wise, until she is worthy of becoming a royal pony.

Is King Sombra dead?

I'm pretty sure he is, for the following reasons.

1.) His defeat at the end of the episode was different from his first defeat by Celestia and Luna. He turned to shadow with his head still intact, and was shown being imprisoned in the ice. When hit by the power of the crystal heart, instead of shadow we see light. Rays of light coming from him, which sort of act as a symbolism of his dark power being destroyed (like Bakura/Zorc on Yu-Gi-Oh!, in the episode In the Name of the Pharaoh). He shatters to pieces, and when we see a closeup shot of his pieces go flying, his horn is among them, showing that his head was not left intact this time. No shadow was shown among those pieces.

2.) Princess Cadance says "The Crystal Heart has returned. Use the light and love within you to ensure that King Sombra does not."

3.) As to how the Crystal Heart can do what Celestia and Luna can't, well, maybe their magic wasn't powerful enough. Unicorn or even alicorn magic isn't quite the same as magical items such as the Elements of Harmony or the Crystal Heart. And the Crystal Heart was powered by an entire empire, along with an alicorn that has a connection to it based on her cutie mark, hitting Sombra with magic that represents the polar opposite of him. Celestia and Luna probably would have gotten the Crystal Heart, but it was hidden in Sombra's castle where nopony dared to go while he was in power.

4.) He was turned to shadow the first time by Celestia and Luna to imprison him. His shadow form may have regenerative capabilities, but once he regains his original form he's a mortal unicorn. (as far as we know, only Celestia, Luna, and, in the case of non-ponies, Discord are immortal).

5.) Look at the logic of it. If Sombra is basically Majin Buu or the T-1000 and can come back together (and even they were destroyed through certain means), it probably wouldn't take him long to return. (Look at Chrysalis, she makes her return in a comic set directly after the episode where she is "defeated") Also, if he can return from that like he returned from what Celestia and Luna did to him, then how do you defeat him?

If Sombra does return, it'll either be a flashback (like how Sauron will likely be playing a major role in The Hobbit where he is confirmed to appear), temporarily raised as a ghost by Discord or some other villain, an illusion or nightmare, or else an alternate universe Twilight is sent to like on Shrek the Final Chapter.

I don't think we were even meant to debate this, but their plan of making him a flat character so we won't want to see him return backfired because some want more lines, more screentime, and to know more about him. I bet if somepony asks the creators, they'll confirm it just like JK Rowling did with Dumbledore when people were speculating he survived the sixth book. Ghostkaiba297 (talk) 00:57, November 18, 2012 (UTC)

Let's take a look at another villain. One who is just as evil as Sombra, if not more. A jester by the name of Dimentio, appearing as final antagonist in Super Paper Mario. In 2007 after the game came out people debated whether he was killed (his head explodes as it sinks into the ground), theorizing on his survival out of want for his return in another game, using basis of "Dimentio must exist as dark to balance the light of Mario", but with counterarguments such as "the dark one must be destroyed to stop The Void", and Bleck essentially confirming his death, the debate eventually died down, leaving no doubt in the minds of most, and IMO it'll be the same with Sombra sooner or later. Until then, we'll slug it out.
Just a note, Dimentio had more cause for people to wish for his return because he was considered one of the greatest Mario villains, he had more screentime, dialogue, and personality, and he's a chess master like Palpatine, also one of the darkest. A lot of people didn't like Sombra at all, do they really want to see more of such a "lame villain"? (and I think I preferred that debate over this one, his death scene was so spectacular and a retcon (which I think there's no way they can do given the reasons I said above) would kinda ruin it for me) Ghostkaiba297 (talk) 03:17, November 19, 2012 (UTC)
Meghan McCarthy confirmed in an interview he was inspired by Sauron and was meant to be a "dark presence" more than anything else. Basically he has no return value if we've seen all he can do, where Discord and Chrysalis are more higher on the list of favorite villains. I think they have no plans to bring him back but anypony can write fanfics about his return if they want. Ghostkaiba297 (talk) 05:06, December 10, 2012 (UTC)
I just read that thing that mentioned Equestriadaily. They confirmed he is dead Ghostkaiba297 (talk) 00:45, February 26, 2013 (UTC)

Judging the book by it's cover

The mysterious book at the very end of the episode, I believe that the book once belonged to Starswirl the Bearded. Princess Celestia did say that Twilight was ready for the more advance level of magic and I think Starswirl was like the Merlin of the preclassical era. The cover of the book is also decorated with a swirl with stars around it which could of been his cutie mark. I believe the book at the end is a journal of powerful spells written by Starswirl, with advance spells and Celestia intends to these spells for Twilight.--Epic Mount is a MonoBook wikian. _ 22:11, November 24, 2012 (UTC)

I called it!

Yes I did.--Epic Mount is a MonoBook wikian. _ 16:08, February 16, 2013 (UTC)

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