@Mane 6 destinies
Actually, if they have any sort of final destiny, I dare say they all turn into alicorns. Twilight will just be the first to achieve it. It’d be a bit problematic if only Twi becomes a demigoddess, don’t you think? What with that causing a pretty sever imbalance in the cast. One is immortal, the others not. That would kind of destroy their ability to interact as friends, at least on the same level as before. Not to mention the practical problem of what’ll happen when the others pass away. Do the Elements pass to new bearers? Do they become forever useless? Either way, nasty implications abound.
I recall some of you very much dislike the whole idea of Twilight ascending, since not only would it cause the aforementioned shift in dynamic, it would also be the death knell for the show. However, I wouldn’t consider either to be all that bad, provided they are handled properly.
While it might indeed signal the end of the show, that end need not be immediate. It would, however, require a dramatic chance of pace. Instead of the light-hearted slice-of-life with a sprinkling of high adventure every now and again we have now, it would shift to the opposite, Adventure with a touch of slice-of-life. Why? Because the focus would now be on the others fulfilling their destinies and achieving ascension to alicorn, rather than dealing with everyday problems. It would certainly make for a very different show, but would that be so bad? Faust’s original vision was, after all, an adventurous show, and since they (and we) have spent so much time building these characters up and becoming attached to them, it would make for a dramatic, powerful narrative.
Ah, but I seem to getting ahead of myself. “What’s all this ascension stuff you speak of?” I hear you ask. Well, assuming Twi does indeed become an alicorn, the only reasonable method for fixing the massive imbalance this will cause between the cast members that I can think of is to make all of them alicorns. Now sure, this could be done at the same time Twi ascends, but I think that’d be a bit of a cop-out. As I said earlier, pushing the cast into an adventure where the stakes are high and the characters come to realize their full potential would make for a very powerful narrative, since we’re so invested in said characters.
But of course, this all does hurtle us towards that inextricable and terrifying prospect, the end of the show. Unfortunately, the sad fact of the matter is that the show has to end eventually, no mater what is done. And would it not be much better for the show to go out with the sort of bang that will be remembered for generations to come, rather than slowly but surely come to a coughing, sputtering stop after seasons of sub-par episodes?
And who says the universe has to stop when the show does? Here we have an intricate, fully realized setting ripe for many more stories. Perhaps the next generation of My Little Pony will not begin on clean slate as it always has before, but instead will be once again set in Equestria, perhaps in a different time-period and part of the world, focusing on a new group of characters, not necessarily composed entirely of ponies this time around. That, too, would make for an interesting narrative, no?
Oh, and in case anyone’s been wondering about my recent absence, let’s just say that I’ve got grudges against a certain language for a reason.