First Arcane season 2 clip teases fan-favorite League of Legend villain's debut in hit Netflix show

A close up of an angry Jinx in Arcane season 1
Arcane season 2 might reunite us with someone very dear to Jinx (pictured) and Vi. (Image credit: Netflix/Riot Games)

The first official clip for Arcane season 2 has finally arrived – and it seems the character known as Singed is preparing to unleash a brand-new, terrifying villain on Piltover and Zaun.

Revealed as part of Riot Games' 2024 YouTube update for its incredibly popular League of Legends (LoL) franchise, the first teaser clip for season 2 of Arcane – the hugely successful Netflix series that's based on LoL – was released online today (January 5). And, I don't know about you, but it's got me pumped for the steampunk action-adventure series' return.

Check out the first official look at Arcane season 2 below:

There's not a whole lot to be gleaned from the first-look clip, but it reveals Singed – the brilliant Zaunite scientist who created the drug known as Shimmer in season 1 – will be back for the show's next installment. 

Not only that, it appears he's infusing a mysterious new character with his blood (or vice versa). Is the haunting individual, who hangs above Singed in an undisclosed location, none other than Vander, Vi and Jinx's surrogate father who – spoilers – died in season 1's first act? The character hanging from the ceiling certainly has a similar physique to Vander.

In short: no, it isn't – and LoL fans won't need any a second guess to work out who it is. It's Warwick, a wolf-like monster who, according to LoL's official website, "hunts the gray alleys of Zaun. Transformed by agonizing experiments, his body is fused with an intricate system of chambers and pumps, machinery filling his veins with alchemical rage. Bursting out of the shadows, he preys upon those criminals who terrorize the city's depths. Warwick is drawn to blood, and driven mad by its scent. None who spill it can escape him."

It's possible that Riot and Netflix could have refashioned Warwick's origins (and LoL lore by proxy) to fit into a major season 1 fan theory, however, with viewers suggesting Vander could be turned into Warwick by Singed a ways down the road. If that winds up being the case, Vander's return as a monstrous entity would surely cause unresolved trauma to re-emerge in Vi and Jinx. Either way, expect Warwick to be a fearsome new foe for Arcane's heroes to face off against.

A man sitting in a chair with a large dead body hanging over him in a dark room in Arcane season 2

Doctor Singed's cooking up something sinister in Arcane season 2... (Image credit: Riot Games/Netflix)

It's been a long wait for Arcane season 2's first footage to debut online. The show's first entry debuted on Netflix way back in November 2021, and proved to be a huge hit for the world's best streaming service

Unsurprisingly, a second season was greenlit hours after season 1's final three episodes were released in late November 2021. However, given the animated series' unexpected popularity in the weeks post-release, Riot, Netflix, and animation studio Fortiche didn't actually start development until the first season had launched in full, leading to a lengthy wait for LoL and Arcane fans for its next entry.

Finally, in November 2023 – two years after its predecessor ended– Netflix confirmed Arcane season 2 would arrive in November 2024. At the time, it was still a year away from airing on the streaming giant but, with 2024 rolling around days ago, the countdown is well and truly on for the return of one of the best Netflix shows ever made.

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