‘Arcane’ Star Ella Purnell Warns Of “Devastating” Tearjerker For Season 2 Finale

The first season of Netflix’s Arcane, based on Riot Games’ League of Legends (LoL) universe, was an emotional roller coaster in every sense of the word, and it seems fans can expect the sequel to be even more of a tearjerker.

Speaking to TechRadar at a junket for Prime Video’s Fallout series, Ella Purnell — who voices Jinx in the animated series — dropped an update about the highly-anticipated follow-up, claiming she cried after completing the voice work for a “devastating” finale.

“Oh man, I’m trying to remember [Season 1] because it was over two years ago,” she said when asked on what fans can expect from the next part of Vi and Jinx’s story. “I actually just went back into the studio to complete some ADR (automated dialog replacement) for the season 2 finale – and I cried. So, I think other people will cry, too. It’s devastating, and nobody will feel good after watching it.”

The new morsel of information comes three months after the first teaser drop, which gave a very brief look at a fan-favourite villain’s debut. While Purnell’s response doesn’t give much away, it does appear to align with speculation that the sisters’ journey will come to an end in Season 2 of Arcane.

The rumour mill was fuelled by a statement by Riot co-founder Brandon Beck. In the fifth episode of Bridging the Rift, a behind-the-scenes featurette on the Netflix show, he hinted at the possibility of exploring a new area and its characters.

“The fact that we can spend five hours in Piltover and Zaun [in season 1], and then do it again in a second season, before we start to zoom out of this one little corner of the world and this handful of characters, just the possibility space is so wild,” shared Beck.

As some fans would guess, this points towards the implication that Runeterra may be introduced in a potential third season. Of course, none of these revelations are confirmation that Jinx and Vi will have their last outing in Arcane Season 2, slated for a November 2024 return. The first season garnered wide acclaim upon release, and would go on to make history by becoming the first streaming series to win an Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program.

In the meantime, Purnell is gearing up for a visit to the Vault in Fallout. The live-adaption series of Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic RPG is out now, with the actor stepping in to play protagonist Lucy.