Arcane Theory: Is Vander Warwick?

Spoiler alert: If you're reading this, then make sure you've seen all of Arcane – but since you clicked on it you probably have. Today we'll take a look at all evidence pointing towards Vander being Warwick.

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The first season of Arcane has ended, and now all we can do is wait for season 2. So, while we do that, we've decided to take multiple theories under the microscope.

Which one will we be checking out today? Well, none other than the Vander = Warwick theory. What hints were given to us and what breadcrumbs must we follow today to try and prove our theory? Read on and find out!


Who is Vander in Arcane?

Vander is the adoptive father of Vi and Powder. In the first act, we learn that he is the unofficial leader of the underground and even works together with Grayson, an enforcer, to keep the peace between the undercity and the top of Piltover.

Of course, all this only happened after he, along with Silco, had once started a revolution against the top half. That's also where the story of Arcane begins, with a lot of dead bodies on a bridge and Vander stumbling upon young Vi and Powder.

After the failed attempt at revolution, Vander retreated and became the leader of the undercity, as well as the owner of a pub. His views on the revolution changed vastly from Silco who continued to dream of his nation of Zaun.

Throughout the first act of Arcane, we see Vander trying to steer the children in the right direction. He is especially close to Vi. As the oldest, she holds the most responsibility, and we see a lot of father-daughter moments between the pair. He is the protector of the young group.

Is Vander Warwick?

There are multiple signs that Vander is going to be turned into Warwick by Singed at some point. One of the most obvious signs is the sight of a claw at the end of the third act of Arcane. It looks an awful lot like Warwick and of course, we've also got Singed – who created Warwick – in the shot as well.


So, that could mean that Warwick will make an appearance in season 2, but what does this have to do with Vander? Well, let's take a look at the evidence that points towards Vander being Warwick. First of all, when Silco and Vander fought in the water, Vander's left arm was injured. The creature in Silco's lab? For some reason, had a chemtech strengthened left arm, almost as though he wanted to heal his old injury.

Let's not forget that Vanders' nickname is the 'Hound of the Underground'. Have you seen Warwick, he looks like a dog, so it all makes sense!

There are also multiple voice lines between Warwick and Vi that just make so much more sense now that we watched Arcane. Oh, and one more thing, if you listen very, very closely to the scene where Vander is being strapped down, it almost sounds like Warwick's theme, no?

What Will Happen to Vander in Arcane Season 2?

Whether Vander really is Warwick will likely be revealed in season 2 of Arcane. We only caught a slight glimpse of Singed with his newest mutation and creation, and we're not sure how long the process of creating Warwick will take.

It'll be interesting to see which side Warwick will fight on if he does make an appearance in the second season of the Netflix series. He likely won't remember Vi or Powder, since Warwick doesn't remember much from his past life, but we're hoping for some emotional flashbacks!