The Final episode of the rise and fall of Garrosh Hellscream starts where we last left off.......at his trial.
I’m not going to speak too much about Garrosh’s trial because it’s covered veeeeery extensively in Christie Golden’s book; War Crimes, which I encourage you to read if you are interested in WoW lore or Garrosh lore, and because it actually doesn’t effect the narrative too much.
Tyrande is opposing council and Baine is his defendant. Garrosh pretty much thinks the whole thing is a silly show and at the end says he regrets nothing.
Some few interesting things that happen during the trial; Sylvanas Windrunner’s sister, Vereesa Windrunner, is deeply grieving the loss of her Husband, Rhonin, the former leader of the Kirin Tor that died in the attack on Theramore, saving Jaina. She reaches out to Sylvanas because she wants to poison Garrosh while he is imprisoned and needs her help to do so. After having a crisis of conscience she reveals what she has done to Anduin, leaving the decision up to him, whether or not to intervene. Anduin saves Garrosh because poisoning him goes against his morals. (He does think long and hard about it though.)
Alexstrasza takes the stand to witness to the atrocities of the Dragonmaw clan, because Garrosh allied with them, and proves that she is indeed the Aspect of Life, even though much of her power is lost. She believes in redemption for all beings and, that after death, redemption is no longer possible. She even goes so far as to say she would forgive the orcs that did such horrible things to her, were they to ask her for forgiveness.
As the trial nears its end Garrosh’s orcs stage a rescue, with the help of the Bronze Dragon Kairozdormu, who opens time to summon doppelgängers of the alliance and horde leaders, that they must fight against, as he escapes.
This is the beginning of the expansion Warlords of Draenor, where Kairoz takes Garrosh to an alternate timeline version of Draenor, before the orcs took the blood of Mannoroth. Kairoz’s plan seems to be to create an endless army of orcs, from an endless amount of timelines, in order to fight against the Burning Legion.
When he reveals his plans to Garrosh, Garrosh murders him. The orcs will never be slaves, they will never serve another master the way they did the Legion. They will be their own masters and attack Azeroth, and take it for their own. This is Garrosh’s plan.
So Garrosh goes to find his father, Grom Hellscream. He challenges several orcs of the Warsong clan to Mak’Rogahn in order to prove that, although he is not from their clan, he has the Warsong spirit, and deserves to join them. Once he defeats the orcs, he persuades his father to go away with him to the orc holy place so that he can show him a vision of the future he knows is about to happen.
Garrosh only shows his father the worst parts of the future, deliberately leaving out his redemption story, where he kills Mannoroth and frees the orcs in the end.
Playing along with Gul’dan, Grom follows the timeline up to the point where they are offered the blood and then refuses it, in order to lure out Mannoroth who does fall into the trap, revealing himself, enraged that the orcs have refused the Burning Legion’s offer of power. At that moment Garrosh and the Iron Horde attack with weapons from the future created by the Ironfuse Company of goblins and the Blackrock Clan smiths. Mannoroth is a very strong, very huge, pit lord, and he kills many orcs, but he is eventually slain by Grommash and Gorehowl, only this time Garrosh saves his father from the fatal explosion that killed him in our timeline.
United and armed with weaponry from the future, the Iron Horde invade an unsuspecting Azeroth through the Dark Portal and quickly take over Nethergarde keep.
The next part of the plan is to create a weapon of mass destruction which, if completed, would launch from Upper Blackrock spire and take out Stormwind, the Alliance capital, along with a large portion of the Eastern Kingdoms. Luckily the Iron Horde forces are defeated by you, the player, and disaster is temporarily averted. It bears stating that the Alliance and the New Horde are both fighting Garrosh’s Iron horde in this expansion. He means to destroy everyone, and claim Azeroth by right of conquest.
The Alliance and New Horde push the Iron Horde back through the portal and attack them in Draenor, so the rest of the battle takes place on alternate-timeline-Draenor with lots of doubles (including another Prophet Velen) and old, long dead orcs, like Thrall’s parents, Durotan and Draka.
In the fight over the portal, the Alliance and New Horde forces are trapped in Draenor and must flee the wrath of the Iron Horde; Alliance forces allying with the draenei and New Horde forces with the Frostwolf clan, Thrall’s father’s clan and the only one not allied with the Iron Horde. (also in our timeline the only clan to not drink the blood of Mannoroth)
When we finally catch up with Garrosh again he is in Nagrand, leader of the Warsong clan as his father is leader of the Iron Horde. This is when Thrall challenges him to a final Mak’gora.
Thrall: You must answer for your crimes, Garrosh.
Garrosh Hellscream: All I did, I did... FOR THE HORDE!
Thrall: You've failed the Horde!
Garrosh Hellscream: You made me warchief…
Garrosh Hellscream: ...you left me to pick up your pieces...
Garrosh Hellscream: ...YOU FAILED... ME!
Garrosh Hellscream: You never had the strength of a true warrior.
Thrall: I do not rely on strength alone, Garrosh. My power is all around you.
Thrall gets up and hits Garrosh with a fireball, launching him into the air, manipulates the air to bring Garrosh down, and finally incapacitates him with a fist made of earth.
Garrosh Hellscream: THRALL!
Garrosh Hellscream: YOU made me what I am!
Thrall: No... You chose your own destiny.
Thrall casts down a single bolt of lightning that electrocutes Garrosh, ending his life. Thrall then stares off into the distance, picks up the Doomhammer and walks away.