New Warchief for the Horde
So if the story stays true to the previews then end of MoP will spell the end of Garrosh as Warchief. In the Reddit Q & A last night Dave Kosak said in response to a question about he Forsaken:
"Well, first she'd have to run out of corpses, so from that perspective, the war is REALLY helping the Forsaken out... ;)
This is a good question, because the nature of the Forsaken makes them a really unstable ally. That leads to some great stories. At the moment, Sylvanas is fortifying her position - she's making a landgrab, she's fortifying her borders, she's using the Valkyr to boost her numbers... But what's her long-term plan?
At least Garrosh called her out on it. What will the next Warchief do about it? Better question: What if SYLVANAS is the next Warchief? Oh man".
He later went on to say in response to whether or not Sylvanas will play a role in the expansion:
"Sylvanas will DEFINITELY play a role in the Alliance and Horde conflict. We might not catch up with her until one of the later patches. We've been debating on whether or not we catch up with Koltira now or later... The guy's in bad straights".
He then gave a glimpse of a Garrosh/Vol'jin confrontation in 5.1:
"If you're getting psyched about the storyline, I think you'll love the next novel which focuses on Vol'jin. Have you played the troll 1-10 intro experience? Vol'jin flat-out tells Garrosh he doesn't trust him and he'll stab him in the back the moment he sees an opportunity. The novel carries his story forward and really meshes in with the events of patch 5.1".
He also knocked out the idea of Thrall taking over again:
"So: Thrall. Obviously Thrall feels that Garrosh is his mistake. We explored some of his emotions around this in the "Elemental Bonds" questline in patch 4.2. For that reason, he'll DEFINITELY play a role in the ultimate conflict in Orgrimmar. But maybe not the role you'd expect.
He'll be lying low in 5.0, but the current plan is for you to catch up with him in 5.1. (That content is still in development, so don't hold me to that.)
Also, Horde and Alliance players will be happy to know that he'll be focused on Horde content this time around, not a neutral NPC helping both factions (which made sense in Cataclysm, but overwhlemingly the feedback is players want to see him be Hordey again. Yeah, I just made that word up.)"
So, it looks like in 5.1 is where the leaders of the Horde factions are going to get together with Thrall and make the decision that Garrosh must go. But, could Sylvanas ever be Warchief? I mean I'm going have my second Horde toon to 85 this week (Tauren pally) and the Forsaken are just disgusting. I can't see the other races of the Horde following her. Wonder if we're going to see a period of time with the Horde in disarray and leaderless and that will be the Alliance's "turn" to take it to the Horde; for a change.