Is Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Actually a Ganondorf Origin Story?

Courtney begins his theory by comparing the shots of a mummified Ganondorf and a character that looks a lot like Link soaring through the air in a style reminiscent of a scene in the reveal trailer for Skyward Sword, which is itself the origin story of Link, Zelda, and Ganondorf’s eternal struggle throughout the rest of the Zelda timeline. (More on this in a second.) He points out that the mummified Ganondorf and “Link” look like they’re wearing the same tunic, suggesting we’re actually seeing the same character at different points in time.

No, it’s not the deepest piece of evidence, but then the YouTuber draws a more interesting connection: the tunic worn by both characters in the trailer also resembles the one worn by the “Hero of 10,000 Years Ago” in a tapestry depicting Hyrule’s ancient history in Breath of the Wild.

According to Impa in Breath of the Wild, the “Hero of 10,000 Years Ago” was the ancient warrior who first saved Hyrule from the great evil known as Calamity Ganon. Interestingly enough, the Hero depicted in the tapestry is also sporting longer hair, a particular point of interest regarding the “Link” in this trailer. Instead of the usual ponytail, this “Link” seems to have more a mullet that flows freely as he dives through the sky.

Why does the “Link” of the trailer look slightly different to what we’re used to? According to Courtney, it’s because we’re actually watching Ganondorf before he turned into the evil villain that Link must vanquish every generation. Courtney suggests that this is “the first iteration” of Ganondorf, who lived after the events of Skyward Sword but millennia before the events of Breath of the Wild.

“This game will be learning about the fall of Ganondorf the man and then saving him from the evil that has been ruling over him for generations. And in doing so, we’ll break the cycle started by Demise,” Courtney wrote in a separate tweet about what he thinks the game will ultimately be about.

So, where does Demise, Skyward Sword‘s demonic villain, fit into all of this? It all goes back to a promise the villain made to Link after he was defeated by the hero: “My hate never perishes. It is born anew in a cycle with no end. I will rise again! Those like you…Those who share the blood of the goddess and the spirit of the hero…They are eternally bound to this curse. An incarnation of my hatred shall ever follow your kind, dooming them to wander a blood-soaked sea of darkness for all time!”

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