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Mumm-Ra was once a Thundercat "before he turned to evil"Model sheets seem to indicate his powered up form will display pointed ears exceedingly similar to those Thunderians posses. Plus, the showrunners have indicated that his obsession with the ThunderCats will have quite an extensive back-story in this incarnation. Look at the close-up shots of him in "Old Friends". His feet are clawed and he walks on his toes, and his nose faintly resembles that of a cat. Maybe a long, long time ago, he went From Nobody to Nightmare, a cleric who got corrupted by magic and started dabbling in 'black arts' (hey, if there's magic, there's definitely black magic that nobody's allowed to touch but somebody inevitably does). This may have deformed him and turned him into a weird mummy creature and he just played on the image. It could also explain why he claims the Sword of Omens belongs to him - he could've been a member of the royal family. Either way, that would be why he hates the ThunderCats so much and why he wants to take over the realm.
Mumm-Ra is a human from first Earth being kept alive by Magic from TechnologyThe mechanism to enter the pyramid, as well as many of the interior designs, including the inside of Mumm-Ra's sarcophagus, look like Sufficiently Advanced Technology. It's possible the pyramid is actually the tip of the iceberg, being part of a buried spacecraft that would have first ferried people to Third Earth. He may be kept alive by some sort of nanotechnology, which may well be the source of ALL magic on Third Earth. Up to and including the Sword of Omens and the as of yet unseen Book of Omens.
Mumm-Ra's home base is actually a crashed magic/tech hybrid starship. A prison ship, to be precise.He was was being carted to some inter-galactic gulag (possibly by Mandora? Or at least an early incarnation of her organization.) He tried to take over the ship and ended up crashing it on Third Earth. Some of his magic/tech devices and knowledge was stolen by the ancient ThunderCats, and, severely weakened, he put himself in suspended animation to survive. He's actually wanting to re-power up his ship and escape Third Earth!
Mumm-Ra was is fact the original owner of the Eye of ThunderaIn the sense that it was him and the cats who stole the stone from other armies, and it was the cats that betrayed him.
Mumm-Ra is attempting to use the ThunderCats in a MacGuffin Delivery Service to find the other power stones for himPlanning to swoop in at the last minute and steal them. However the quest for the stones has not only made the ThunderCats stronger through The Power of Friendship, but also improved their combat skills from trying not to die all the time that they will defeat him in a Curb-Stomp Battle.
Mumm-Ra gained his knowledge of technology from Unicron.
Mumm-Ra is a Daemon Prince.His Decayed Form definitely has some Nurgle qualities to it, and his "combat form" just SCREAMS "Khorne" (though it doesn't scream "Blood for the Blood God!"). And the Ancient Spirits of Evil, like in the original series, appear to be represented by four statues...
Following on from the above WMG, the entire setting takes place in the 40k universeAll the animals are abhumans and/or beastmen, and the whole thing takes place in some backwater world beyond the reach of the Imperium or else they'd be recruiting cannon fodder Guardsmen from Terra Tertius.
Tygra was originally adopted partially in expectation of a Succession Crisis.It's pretty obvious that Tygra is at least a year or two older than Lion-O. It's possible that Tygra was originally adopted because Claudus, being both a a king who was often in the midst of battle and a guy who wasn't exactly a spring chicken by that point, began to get concerned about the very real possibility that he might die and leave Thundera leaderless, as he as yet had no heir. Enter Tygra, the young son of a pair of Thundercat nobles who is tragically orphaned, possibly due to an attack by the Lizards. Claudus, having both the young orphan's interests and the interests of Thundera (and her need for a strong leader) at heart, takes the cub in and makes him his ward, raising him like his own son, which includes training him up as a potential ruler. Tygra, not being a lion, might not be able to legally inherit the throne, but that way, had the worst come to pass and Claudus died without an heir, at least Thundera and her people wouldn't have been left leaderless while the question of succession was decided. Of course, a year or two later, Lion-O was born, giving Claudus a proper heir, and putting Tygra completely out of the running. This could be one of the things fueling his Sibling Rivalry with Lion-O.
Tygra was not adopted until after Lion-O was born.So even though Tygra is older than Lion-O, Lion-O is still the firstborn son and therefor the rightful and legal heir to the throne and age is irrelevant.
Tygra will perform a Face-Heel TurnCountless parallels have been drawn between him and Grune, especially in the relationships between Grune and Panthro and Tygra and Lion-O. Grune seemed to favor Tygra and gave him special training advice - including: 'take what you want, even if you haven't earned it.' Who's to say Tygra won't take that advice to heart when it comes to the crown? It's already been established that he's jealous of Lion-O and that he (and everyone else in Thundera) thinks he's better than his brother, which means he might decide that he'll make a better king, especially in light of his disagreements with Lion-O over how to lead. Mumm-Ra lured Grune to his side by promising him power - he might do the same for Tygra.
Tygra's parents died protecting Lion-O's mother.However, all three perished (possibly in a clash with Lizards), and Claudus, out of guilt and wishing to honor their bravery, adopted the orphaned Tygra. Jossed as of "Native Son"
Tygra is from the slums, like the Thunderkittens, and once had a tail, but docked it after his adoption by Claudus.Much of his bravado is a front he puts up in order to overcome his station. He used to have a tail, however once he was adopted into the royal family he had it removed. This could explain why Tygra was prepared to allow Wilykit and Wilykat to join their group. Despite his Fantastic Racism towards the Beast-Men, he sees the Thunderkittens as a reminder of who he once was and will become a Cool Big Bro to them in a way he wasn't to Lion-O, sparking some jealousy.
Tygra was saved by Cluadus from a shipwreck.Tygra and his biological parents sail on the ocean, but a storm comes and all hands are lost during the shipwreck. Later, Claudus, fighting some Lizards on a beach near Thundera, hears a baby cry in the distance. He finds baby Tygra all alone and takes the boy away to raise as a son...
Tygra and Bengali are brothers.In the original series, Tygra did refer to Bengali as "Brother", in the "you're one of us now" sense rather than the "we're related" sense... but now there's a chance that the two were Separated at Birth, or that Bengali is some other Long Lost Relative. Bonus points if this means Tygra actually has to choose between his adopted and biological brothers.
Bengali is a younger cat who looks up to Lion-O.Being a bit of a Fan Of The Under Dog, and possibly considered as a nobody by his peers growing up, possibly for having a tail. Bengali would have heard about Lion-O taking a stand against the system. So naturally, being looked down upon himself he'd want to emulate someone like Lion-O.
Tygra's betrayal as mentioned in 'Into the Astral Plain' won't be a physical betrayal.Since Status Quo Is God, and the betrayal is mentioned only in relation to Lion-O, it's probable that Tygra's betrayal will not necessitate a Face-Heel Turn and most likely hurts Lion-O more on an emotional than a physical level. Given the flashbacks in 'Into the Astral Plain', the most likely possibility at this point is that Tygra and Cheetara will enter into a Relationship Upgrade.
Cheetara has clairvoyant nightmares that give clues to defeating Mumm-Ra and the Ancient Spirits of EvilCheetara plays her cards close to the vest, and likely knows more than she is letting on about Thunderan history, Mumm-Ra, and the ASOE. The audience learns what Cheetara is thinking through her dreams. Her guilt that she didn't warn Lion-O about Pumyra's potential treachery will turn the dreams into nightmares.
Cheetara has her own transformation sequenceCheetara is now, in-canon, a highly proficient melee combatant and a magic user versed in self-enhancement. What if one of her Cleric abilities is a cat-variant on Mumm-Ra's classic transformation sequence? "Ancient Spirits of Honor, transform this mortal form to Cheetara the Unrelenting!" Or something similar.
The reaction to Wilykit and Wilykat will vary between the Cats given the racism present in the series.Lion-O and Cheetara: Totally fine with them. Cheetara will be a little shocked at first since they have tails though. Tygra: Not think too highly of them at first, but will warm up to them fairly quickly. Kinda like the Lizards from the premiere, in that he doesn't hate them, but is indifferent to them. Panthro: Being the oldest, he'd be the most hostile. Nothing overt, he'd stress it's because of their age, but the subtext would be there. Cheetara may take an instant liking to the twins and become their loving mother-figure. Why? Because it's an adorable idea.
Kit and Kat are the children of nobles, but were cast out for having tails.This might explain where Kit got her flute from.
Panthro will develop a personal vendetta against Mumm-Ra for killing Claudus.It's safe to say he's not gonna take it easily when he finds out Mumm-Ra used his very image to slay his best friend.
Panthro cut off his tail in order to climb the social ladder.As we see in the flashback to when he met Grune, Panthro used to have a tail. By the time of the story however, it is no longer present. Claudus seemed to think incredibly highly of Panthro and considering that this is Claudus we're talking about, it would be unlikely for him to show such high regard to someone of the low social status that tailed Thunderians seem to have. Therefore, Panthro cut off his tail or otherwise had it removed in order to rise through the ranks an gain such favor.
Panthro Will Become A Cyborg, with help from the BerbilsAs soon as Lion-O and Tygra cease their teenaged feuding long enough for Panthro to get a word in edgewise, they'll be hightailing it back to the Ro-Bear Berbils so Ro-Bear Bill and company can give his dear friend some snuggly wuggly righteously badass Swiss Army Appendages. (Coin toss as to which Cat has to put up with his backseat driving on the way.) Then Panthro can hug hug hug! Yay!
Grune will become a cyborg.It'll be a gradual, Baxter Stockman style change. With each encounter with Lion-O and the others, he'll lose a limb, or choose to augment himself to gain an edge. Ultimately, he'll become more machine than cat, and the complete With Great Power Comes Great Insanity.
Grune was Claudus's older adopted brother.Grune became resentful of Claudus for being first in line. This would make him a parallel to Tygra, and show what Tygra could have turned into.
Grune is WilyKit and WilyKat's father.I asked the Crew of Omens what the names of their parents were, and they did not answer, so it's likely they may be someone important. I have no idea who their mother might be, considering the lack of many female characters. Grune might have spent a night with his lover before he left with Panthro to find the Book of Omens. The Thunder Kittens are just old enough to have been born right after Grune left, considering he was gone for around 8 years, judging by how old Lion-O and Tygra looked in the flashbacks.
Grune is alive, but exists outside of Third EarthAs Grune seems like too important a character to be killed off after only one season, it's likely he's not dead, but rather, trapped outside of Third Earth, or the Material Realm, or whatever you want to call it. As such, he will eventually learn to project himself onto Third Earth, but won't be able to interact with it fully, meaning, essentially, he'll be an incorporeal shadow. This way they pay homage to another aspect of the original 80s Grune-that he was a ghost-while performing another Jaga-like Meta Twist, namely, that Grune isn't actually dead and also leaves the door open for him to escape his imprisonment at a later date. Alternatively, Mumm-Ra could free Grune whenever he wants, but knows (or will find out from Slithe) that Grune was planning on betraying him, and will decide to leave Grune where he is as a form of punishment for his attempted treachery.
Claudus is alive, sort of.Even though the Claw gauntlet faded, which greatly implied death, it will turn out that Claudus did not pass on into the next life. Instead, Mumm-Ra stole his soul, likely with the dagger he used to kill Claudus. What will follow will be a similar set of events like in the original with Claudus being trapped in another dimension.
Jaga is alive, sort of.Like in the original series his ghost will appear to Lion-O to offer wisdom and guidance in moments of need. This time around though everyone (except maybe Cheetara, who was one of Jaga's student's and Clerics) will think Lion-O is just crazy.
The Driller is a Gunman
The animals are simply the descendents of regular animals who learned how to use Spiral Power.
The Animals will eventually betray Mumm-Ra and Grune and side with Lion-O.They will eventually realize that serving under Mumm-Ra isn't all that it's cracked up to be, as he treats them even worse than the Cats ever did. Since Lion-O is sympathetic to their troubles, they will decide to throw their lot in with him and rebel against Mumm-Ra.
The Lizards have limited control of their technologyThey have only recently re-discovered it from the ruins of an advanced and long dead civilization, possibly with the aide of Mumm-Ra. Most of their gear that they use is either scavenged and anything that is not is built from ancient designs in ancient factories that they do not fully understand.
One or both of the Lizards that Lion-O had pardoned will join the ThunderCats' sideIt was shown in the premiere that the Lizards in the pillory stocks were taken aback by Lion-O's sympathy...enough so that the more antagonistic of the two slipped the key to Tygra and Lion-O's cell after Thundera fell.
Everyone the ThunderCats helps will join forces later.Some of the lizards, the sea crew, the Petalars...everyone they've aided will come together in the end to help them overthrow Mumm-Ra.
The Robear Berbils were enslaved and forced to build the war mechas that the Lizards use in their attack.The sound effects that the mechs make, at the least, was a Shout-Out to the Berbils in the original; a Berbil arm also pops up in a Thunderian shop, indicated that they are present in the reboot.
Berbils are alcohol poweredIt explains why they cultivate high sugar fruits. Also makes them profitable as slaves since their masters don't need to have generators, just give them some Samogon and they would be just fine.
The Berbils are failed creations of the Cybermen.Okay, a bit wild but everyone's been wondering how those guys came about so I'm sticking to one theory somebody proposed previously in another ThunderCats forum. The Berbils are probably failed creations of the Cybermen. Before Mondas was destroyed, they upgraded a few bears as basically "the help." They're there to repair the Cybermen themselves and any of their technology even help out with the Cyber-Conversions, to an extreme; they're slaves. But later on, they grasped the concept of free will and very much escaped to Third Earth for shelter.
The Petalars will return.Either when the Cats are close to finding the Book or possibly El Dara. Because of their extremely short lifespans, the Petalars will only remember Lion-O and the others through "Legends", even though it'll have been no more than a few weeks/months since their original encounter with the plant people.
The Petalars' Garden is in fact an actual garden and they are mobile garden plantsMore specifically, they were genetically engineered for life in actual gardens made by whatever civilization designed the ancient technology. They were created for aesthetic purposes and to guard against pests using that pollen attack. They also have a genetic memory of technical information such as language.
Snarf will meet other Snarfs' and be forced to choose between staying with them or Lion-O.Seems to be a good way to give him character growth. Bonus points if we see a flashback of how Lion-O and Snarf first met.
Lynx-O will join the group eventually.This time as a Badass Grandpa. We've already seen him as a sentry, and he looks far more kick-ass than the old man from the original series.
When first seen Lynx-O isn't blind. Yet.His sight was failing but not gone, and Panthro's loss shows that the creators aren't afraid to inflict far more gruesome injuries on their heroes anymore. This time around rather than just having his eyes injured in the fall of Thundera this version of Lynx-O has actually had his eyes put out by the time he joins up with the rest of the team. Love Triangle for all its worth, but it will have to resolve itself eventually. This way they can Throw the Dog a Bone, so to speak as her choosing one over the other is sure to send the other straight into The Woobie territory.
Pumyra will be the Girly Girl to Cheetara's TomboyIn the original ThunderCats, Pumyra was a healer and medic. The remake will take this trait and expand on it making her a full-blown Non-Action Girl who hates fighting as it goes against her principles and whose main character trait in her gentleness despite being thrust into this hostile situation. Bonus points if they keep her original outfit (which included a skirt) to contrast with Cheetara's more action-oriented shorts.
Lion-O will become a Chick MagnetIn order to make up for losing Cheetara to Tygra the showrunners will make Lion-O the object of affection for every attractive female on Third Earth.
Upon Lion-O's return from the Trials Wilykit will develop a Precocious Crush on him.The reason he even ends up going through the Trials is because He's killed trying to protect her and she is properly devastated upon his death. In his struggle to let her down gently he'll gain better perspective on his own relationship with Cheetara.
Mumm-Ra's real rivals are going to show up: The Amazons/Lunataks/Mon*Star/insert group want their War Stone back.You know, guys with their own space fleets and hyper-tech armies, either to put Mumm-Ra and his followers (ie. All Animals) down for good, or just to seize the magic rocks, the sword of Plun-Darr and the planet Third Earth. And given that it took a whole fleet of ships to take it from them,Lion-o is not going to be able to stop them. and they'll be lead by Mon*Star.
Among the swords the Dualist wields is the Thunder-Cutter.And the Drifter will deliver it home, introducing us to Hachiman.
Humans will appear later in the series.Both as inhabitants of Third Earth (the Warrior Maidens) and a space-faring civilization (Safari Joe and Mandora The Evil Chaser). The Cats will think the "hairless monkeys" look incredibly bizarre even though they've met Plant People and Fish People. There will be massive Ship Teasing between Willa of the Warrior Maidens and Tygra, with Lion-O enjoying every minute of it.
Slithe will become The Dragon.Now that Grune is killed off (in a sense), Slithe will become Mumm-Ra's Dragon like in the original 80s cartoon. Then we'll have the old characters Jackalman and Monkian working for him as his co-Mook Lieutenants.
A female Panther character will join the cast as a love interest for Lion-OLegacy showed that his ancestor had a Panther for a love interest. For added hilarity, she'll be a relative of Panthro's.
Lion-O will be separated from the other ThunderCats for a period of timeNeeding to get his head together after finding out about Tygra and Cheetara Lion-O either strikes out on his own or is otherwise separated in combat from the core team. It is during this time that he will find Lynx-O, Pumyra, and Bengali, and possibly undergo the trials that complete his transformation from brash idealistic teenager, to a mature king. This could work well because being left alone is part of the archetypal hero's journey and it would be a chance to alternate between Lion-O's adventures and that of the other ThunderCats giving the chance for both to undergo character development.
At some point Tygra will attempt to wield the true Sword of Omens.But will be unable to because he's not worthy. After this he will finally accept Lion-O's authority and leadership.
Upon discovering Lynx-O, Bengali, and Pumyra Lion-O will abandon the other ThunderCats to join themPartially because he feels hurt that they never came to look for him after his fall but because he feels they need him more. If Pumyra is still a medic and the one who nursed him back to health he may also feel obligated to help them as well as feeling more at ease with a group that doesn't bicker with him and treats him more like "one of the guys."
The Animals that served Mumm-Ra were humans transformed through the Fish Tank from TigerSharksSince Tigersharks is a part of ThunderCats (2011) canon, this could further explain the origin of the Animals. In original TigerSharks, the heroes transformed into half-human half-fish people through the Fish Tank. For the 2011 canon, the different Animal races could be the result of using similar technology to create more diverse animal hybrids, only they never reverted back to human. Mumm-Ra uses each type of Animal for specific purposes, and it's possible that in the past human soldiers were modified with specific animal DNA to complete different kinds of missions. Mumm-Ra could even be some sort of very early prototype, or possibly a sorcerer who used this technology to become a human-bat hybrid.
The reason that Lion-O's mother had trouble having children was due to in-breeding between the LionsTo try to keep the psychic gifts of Sight Beyond Sight, the royals only married into their own families, thus causing later genetic problems in the line of kings. It could also be why everyone was resigned to Lion-O being a Cloud Cuckoo Lander by Thundercat standards.
WilyKit and WilyKat's sibling are namedWilyKut and WilyKet
WilyKit and WilyKat's family are part of the work force in Mt. Plun-darr.They're farmers, so the lizards would likely see the value of them as workers. Not only that, but given that they've been set up recently, and their fates left ambiguous, the writers have a great opportunity for a Chekhov's Gun to go off. It would also serve as brilliant character development for Kit and Kat.
Tookit is a Time Lord.To support my WMG theory about The Forever Bag being a TARDIS, Tookit may be a Time Lord either in disguise or the raccoon is his current form. He originally looked human but one incident killed him and he regenerated into an anthropormorphic animal as he stuck around with the animals for too long and the raccoon form fits him as he was no doubt a kleptomaniac and a thief back on Gallifrey and stole a TARDIS to which he managed to make it look like a bag on the outside and the TARDIS itself? Probably meant to be a storage or at least a cargo ship to which he gleefully stole and has managed to figure out the code "Rankin-Bass."
The Forever Bag isn't a TARDIS, but it is Gallifreyan Technology.
The Necro Mechers have something to do with the phyrexians.Since they appearently like to convert organic organisms into metallic monstruousities as well. However, they somehow managed to find themselevs some restraint, and get rid of the oil.
Pumyra is being mind controlled.I find it highly unlikely that Pumyra would willingly work for the person responsible for her home being destroyed. They made a point to show she died and was resurrected, so it's very possible that she's being manipulated by magic, being driven by her rage for revenge. The Pumyra we know is a homunculus, and just a shadow of the real Pumyra, but with several aspects of her old personality. It's possible that without Mumm-Ra's influence she wouldn't be evil. Here's hoping Lion-O can redeem her, and possibly give back her real life with the Spirit Stone.
The real Pumyra never really died.She was rescued, and the one who betrayed the group is a manifestation of her anger and hatred towards Lion-O. In the end, Lion-O will be forced to kill this false Pumyra and be stunned when he finds the real one.
Pumyra will be redeemed in Season 2, if it ever gets made.She will go through a What Have I Done moment, either precipitated by a Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves and/or You Have Out Lived Your Usefulness declaration by Mumm-Ra. Redemption may equal death for her.
WilyKit and WilyKat will receive a Plot-Relevant Age-UpAs the result of a magical accident, or the local version of the Cave of Time (from the original series episodes "Trouble With Time", "ThunderCubs, Part V" and "Return of the ThunderCubs"). When they're given the chance to return to their younger forms, WilyKit, at least, will choose to stay older because she's in love with Lion-O, but they couldn't be involved when she's a child.
Mumm-Ra cast a spell to prevent the passing ThunderCats from noticing PumyraCome on, there is no way all six of them would have missed her.
Mumm-Ra is Nyarlathotep.Think of it. It's explicitly stated and even sort of a plot point of The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath that cats are sworn enemies of Nyarlathotep. Everything else also fits.
If the show gets a second season, Lynxana will eventually show up, and be a love interest for Lion-O.First of all, she is just too cool a character not to use. Secondly, now that Pumyra has been revealed to have been a traitor, it makes sense that the writers would want a new love interest for Lion-O, and there was a definite Dating Catwoman vibe (pun very much intended) to Lion-O and Lynxana's relationship in the comics.
The Grand Finale will have the Cats and the other animals and creatures joining forces to defeat Mumm-Ra once and for all.
Someone or something will break the Sword of OmensAnd the ThunderCats will have to go on a quest to reforge the sword. Bonus points if Hattanzo is the one to do the reforging.
The surviving population of Thundera was taken as slavesThey are employed in weapons factories or mining camps by the Lizards/Mumm-Ra. Their will be an episode in which the band comes across one of said camps and frees them. While the Jailbreak happens, someone will yell "THUNDERCATS ARE LOOSE!"
Lion-o's love interest, whoever she may be, will have a tailWhy would the producers make sure we know that having a tail marks a cat as the lowest cast of their society? Because they plan on having the king fall for a charming commoner for maximum drama and to reinforce his beliefs that everyone is equal.
One of the War Stones is hidden in El DaraWhat better place to hide a magical gemstone than a city full of jewels and treasure?
El Dara is a city of Lost Technology instead of treasureIn which case the Thunderkittens will be sorely disappointed, while the other ThunderCats will be glad to have technology that gives them a fighting chance against Mumm-Ra's forces.
El Dara is where Grune and the Mutants got their Lost Technology.It'll appear to have been undiscovered at first, letting the ThunderCats think that they've found a way to fight back... and then they discover evidence that they weren't the first ones there.
El Dara is the futuristic city that Mumm-Ra stole the Eye of Thundera from.It's mostly ruined after the attack with a few survivors still alive. When the cats find it, the locals will not be happy that the Cats still have the Warstone/Eye of Thundera.
The Anointment Trials will form the Season/Series finaleJust as the original series, Lion-O's new position was bestowed with great haste. However, this time he will not as much friendly warning, and instead be thrust into the trials by Tygra, who will have finally come to respect his brother fully and wish to make him into the King he knows he can be.
There will be a Prophecy TwistIn that the prophecy that's quoted in the prologue doesn't apply to Lion-O, but possibly to Tygra or even Wily Kat. The producers have shown that they're not afraid to mess with the formula a bit (Lion-O and Tygra are brothers, Thundera is a kingdom on Third Earth, Panthro not joining the group until later, Snarf no longer being able to talk, Jaga being freakin' alive!), maybe they're saving the biggest surprise for last.
Tailed Thunderians cut off their tails to gain more social status.If we believe that ones with tails are considered lower class citizens, then it's only natural that some would want to get rid of their tails. Becomes Fridge Horror when you imagine that some parents might even do this to their own children.
The ThunderCats' credo (Truth, Justice, Honor, and Loyalty) will be deconstructed over a series of episodes
When they find the Book of Omens, that is when the ThunderCats will get their insigniaIf you look at all the ThunderCats, all they have is this big red circle where the ThunderCats insignia is supposed to be, but when Grune shows up again in "Old Friends" his blank red circle now has Mumm-Ra's insignia on it meaning that it was changed.
What Lion-O saw in the Book was mostly lies.So the book is Magitek...but the Magic part is magic from Mumm-Ra. You'd have to be crazy to trust it. Note how what Lion-O saw doesn't quite match up with Mumm-Ra's recollections.
In "The Trials of Lion-O: Part 2":Lion-O's final trial will be his self-doubt which takes the form of Tygra (but could later morph into the form of their father, Cladus). Lion-O has been told his entire life that he wasn't good enough, that his interests and decisions are wrong. His most vocal critic has been his brother and rather than the "work around" solutions of the previous trials this is one that he as to overcome the old-fashioned way: By outright beating his opponent and proving them wrong.
In the final episode...Lion-O kills Mumm-Ra, bringing peace to Thundera and officially becoming king (like the finale Anointment Trial episode). However, as the crowd cheers, the episode will end with Mumm-Ra becoming alive again.
There will be a cross-over with a new SilverHawks team.Which will act as a test pilot for a possible revival of that series, which would actually be connected to the ThunderCats for once.
ThunderCats will Crossover with Kamen Rider OOO......with the plot heavily revolving around the Yellow Core Medals.
Due to both shows achieving a Periphery Demographic, there will be a crossover between ThunderCats and My Little Pony: Friendship Is MagicTwo highly-popular revivals of '80s cartoons both airing at the same time possibly sharing a similar audience? Too cool not to happen.
There will be a trip to the Lizard KingdomMuch like Avatar: The Last Airbender it could even be a season worth of episodes to rescue the indentured Thunderians and for the two slave Lizardmen from the pilot to join the group.
There will be an ep about Tygra or Lion-o Outdoor Bath Peeping on Cheetara... I can't be the only one hoping for this, am I?
Lion-O will start having doubts about trusting the rest of his friends.Though he'll admit he couldn't rightfully claim Cheetara as his girlfriend, he'll begin to have concerns about how well he can trust the others. This will tie into Anointment trials, with the others preparing for them and their sudden distance leading Lion-O to truly wonder if they're loyal or not. In the end, he'll learn to not have doubt and even approve of Cheetara's choice and happy for Tygra.
Lion-O's trials will be performed in complete isolation from the other ThunderCatsFeeling betrayed Lion-O will abandon the other ThunderCats and spend some time Walking the Earth. It is during this time that he will undergo severe Character Development and mature into a strong and wise king.
Lion-O was holding back when he fought Tygra in the Astral Plane.Lion-O seemed less mad than Tygra was during the fight, oddly enough. Before they fought, he tried to intimidate Tygra by saying the Sword of Omens could not be beat. Lion-O would know from his lesson in "The Duelist and the Drifter" that it's the swordsman, not the sword that's powerful, so Lion-O was probably deliberately bluffing. He didn't use his gauntlet until he fell down into the pit, and he chose to try and talk Tygra back to his senses rather than use the grappling claws to get out.
The series will end with a huge battle in a Gondor Calls for Aid situationAt first it will be just the ThunderCats against Mumm-Ra and his army and the battle will take a turn for the worst and all will seem lost. But then all the people that the ThunderCats befriended during their journey will show up in a Big Damn Heroes moment: namely the Petalars will come after legends of the good King Lion-O have been passed down from generation to generation, the Berbils will come as tech support, the Elephants will come after meditating that it is for the good of all species, the Fishmen will come in gratitude for giving them their home back, etc. The series will then end with a distant epilogue of a new Thundera where all species are equal and live in harmony with each other.
There will be a Villain Episode focusing on the Lizards and/or the Quirky Miniboss Squad introduced in Episode 4This will give a Perspective Flip on the ThunderCats' enemies, showing that not all of them are Always Chaotic Evil and injecting yet more Grey into the conflict between the Cats and the Lizards. Expect a lot of quirky shenanigans and perhaps a few Ensemble Darkhorses in the making!
There will be a Bad Future EpisodeLion-O will somehow be sent forward about ten years and find that Mumm-Ra managed to conquer the world in his absence and all of the ThunderCats have been enslaved by him. One or more of the original team will have died (Panthro, Snarf, and Cheetara are all likely candidates), Tygra will be bitter about Lion-O's disappearance ask him where the hell he was while his people needed him, Wilykit and Wilykat will have grown up to be Future Badasses, and Lion-O will somehow learn an important weakness of Mumm-Ra which he will take back with him after he escapes or defeats the Bad Future.
The SilverHawks were put in cryonic sleep during a battle against Mon*Star prior to Mumm-Ra's invasion and will eventually be found by the ThunderCats
When the Book of Omens told them the next stone was up it didn't mean the top of the "mountain"It meant that the stone was on another planet. Which would be a good way to introduce the SilverHawks.
The versions of the ThunderCats Lion-O encounters in "The Return of Lion-O" two parter are the Ancient Spirits of EvilWhatever they the "creatures" were that tested Lion-O mentioned during the first trial that they were only taking the forms of Kit and Kat. We know there are many of them, and the Ancient Spirits of Evil are likely responsible for Mumm-ra's immortality. If they can keep one character from dying, they might be able to bring another character back to life. It would also help to explain why they wanted his soul during the second part.
Tygra and Cheetara will begin to grow apart the same time Lion-O and Pumyra grow closer together.
Lion-O will hook up with Pumyra, but he'll have to be told that she's interested.
Lion-O will get all the stones, and Mumm-Ra will fight him as Mumm-Ra the All-Powerful, which will have more a change in his appearance than just being bigger
Mac Guffin Guesses
The Book of Omens isn't actually a book but a computer archiveWhich will makes things that much harder for the ThunderCats since none of them will have a clue how to activate it.
Mumm-Rana is the guardian of the Book of Omens.Since it seems that Mumm-Ra has outright claimed to be the former owner of the Eye of Thundera, it's not unreasonable to think that his Distaff Counterpart on the good side might be in possession of the Book of Omens.
The Book of Omens is in El Dara.It's veeery probable...
The Book of Omens is a Chaos Artifact
The Eye of Thundera ORIGINALLY belonged to Mon*Star, making the world Mumm-Ra and the Thundercat ancestors attacked to get it Brimstar, Mon*Star's planetary headquarters.A few things support this:
The Stones of Power are used to power weapons.In the ThunderCats (2011) party pack, a choice for a trivia question is Rat Eye Daggers, the weapons Rataro used in the OS. While it heavily hints that Rataro will appear, it also implies that it's in a way related to the Sword of Omens and Sword of Plun-Darr. An image of the Eye of Thundera shows it as a raw, uncarved gem, so it's highly likely that these stones are implanted into weapons to give them magical properties.
The Stones are this universe's Crystals.
The Stones of Power have the same powers as the Marvel Universes Infinity Gems.And the three older cats will each be the keeper of one of the three, when Lion-O isn't using them that is.
The Stone that was supposed to be in the Elephant Village is in the Astral Plane.
The ThunderCats will encounter the civilization that created the Eye of ThunderaThe Eye of Thundera will turn out to have been created for peaceful means and Lion-O will learn how to use it as a shield or an alternate source of power, not just as a weapon. The creators will also most likely not be very happy that their creation has been turned into a weapon and will make Lion-O promise to use it for nonviolent means after he kills Mumm-Ra. In a distant epilogue, we'll see that Eye of Thundera being used to power a futuristic city with all of the species living together in peace under its protection.
Ratar-O's Rat's Eye Daggers were created in a failed attempt to recreate the Sword of Pun-Darr.After Ratilla was killed and the Sword of Plun-Darr was cursed, the Rats used what they knew of the Sword of Plun-Darr to try and make a new magical weapon, which they would use to reclaim their glory. Since the Rats likely lack the magical skills of the Cats, they ended up creating the Rat's Eye Daggers instead, which were not as powerful.
The Forever Bag is a rare prototype TARDIS.Underneath all the stolen goods must be a control room and it must be a rare TARDIS and an early prototype too. The magic words "Rankin-Bass" are a security code so that no intruders will get in and steal it. How it got to Third Earth is a mystery though. Or at least it could be a TARDIS that was meant to be more of a storage room for lost or rare items from Gallifrey and other points in Earth's time or other planets but had somehow gotten lost and ended up in Third Earth of all places. The security code being "Rankin-Bass" still stands.
The Thunderkittens will not keep the Forever Bag's treasureThis goes without saying under normal circumstances, but in this case, it's justified. The money will go towards setting up a new home for the rescued Cats, and/or financing the rebellion.
The series will be a prequel to the original ThunderCatsIn the Series Finale, both sides will be devastated, and our heroes will be put into the cryogenic sleep they wake from in the original.
Third Earth is actually a terraformed moon of Jupiter.The planet is orbiting a gas giant. Third Earth is thus the third world terraformed by humans, who have all vanished. Except, maybe, for Mumm-Ra.
Thundera is Mega Kat City in the Past.Perhaps Thundera in the new ThunderCats cartoon is Megakat City (from SWAT Kats) in Ancient Times. Must be a rather primitive version of the local. Think about it, they're populated by anthropomorphic cat people and they have their own set of heroes and will obviously go up against supernatural beings. Perhaps T-Bone and Razor had ancestors around that period.
One of the other moons of the gas giant is Pandora.
The series takes place in the Doctor Who universe.The name "Third Earth" has to be taken literally. In the Doctor Who universe, the humans move to a planet called New Earth after the sun of our Earth grows into a Red Giant, swallowing Earth in the process. At this time, human mutants with cat-like features already exist. When New Earth itself will become uninhabitable, the next planet will be Third Earth, and the cat people will become the dominant species.
The ThunderCats are descended from Frankenstein of Red Dwarf.The cat-people that evolved from Lister's cat — the group that left the 'Dwarf in search of paradise did not crash and die, but instead were picked up along the way by Mumm-Ra in a ship, genetically tweaked to bring out more of their feline traits and made to serve him.
Having ones tail docked isnít something that has to be done in order to escape low cast, but rather a privilege of high rankOkay, yeah thereís still the stigma of Ďhaving tail=low rankď, but itís not the tail that makes the rank, itís the low rank that spares the tail. Royals and other bluebloods have their tails docked at birth as a mark of their noble heritage, but working stiffs like Panthro have to earn their docking privileges.
Third Earth is the planet that the crash on at the end of Transformers: Fall of CybertronBecause the only thing missing from the this is giant tranforming robots.
Humans are the Precursors of this universe.And Mumm-Ra is the last Human still alive and active. With the Animals being genetic projects created by him to be his foot soldiers. Presumably the spirits of evil were created by humanity in an attempt to harness the mystical forces of reality that had previously been inaccessible. Unfortunately the Magitek variant of A.I. Is a Crapshoot happened and the old human empire was destroyed by their own experiment and The Quisling.
ThunderCats will have a huge female Periphery Demographic.Essentially making it the Spear Counterpart to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
There's gonna be so much slashfic of Tygra and Lion-O. SO MUCH.We all know it's inevitable. Two really bishonen cat-guys who technically aren't related along with Tygra's 'ring your bell' line and a healthy dollop of sibling rivalry? That noise you hear in the distance is a million slashfic engines starting up.
There will be a blooper reel released online.As a sort of Mythology Gag referring to the racy outtakes from the original ThunderCats and SilverHawks.
There will be a real opening intro once Panthro joins.The reason for the very minimalist intro there is now is that the creators are avoiding a Spoiler Opening.
Not just the SilverHawks and TigerSharks are going to show up, but also the characters from Mini Monsters, Street Frogs, and Karate KatIf they can use the TigerSharks then they can use the other characters from The Comic Strip. The Mini Monsters will be in a "Dark Is Not Evil" episode. The Street Frogs will be a group of musicians the Cats encounter. And Karate Kat will become a Thundercat, and in a crowning moment of awesome, will wreck tanks with his bare hands.
Someone among the writing staff will write a comedy episode.I'm not talking about like what they did with the Snarf short Butterfly Blues. I mean like, what if somewhere down the line; someone comes up with a fliller episode and it's a pure comedy?
There might be a Halloween episode.No, not like a holiday episode. I mean like a legitately scary episode like the tone is something straight out of The Woman in Black (both the book and the 2012 movie). Like it concentrates on atmopsheare and tension to generate scares as much as they could for a Saturday morning timeslot.