Converging on Reddit to discuss the final episode, Reddit user saborgzabo said, “This last act as a whole feels rushed. It’s still technically really good; animation, design and art style, voice acting etc. But a lot of things with the characters and the story get no time to develop at all and a lot of them are just left to the wayside.” Others agreed with this sentiment, but some pointed out that Riot is simply setting up future plots for the upcoming new season.
Reddit user Hyoruturu added that the first two acts were much stronger, in their view, as they “simply did a much better job with pacing, and I felt like most of the minor plot lines in episodes 7-8-9 lacked any meaningful closure. It’s sort of like they didn’t bother to flesh out some characters nearing the end, who were otherwise very interesting.” Another user thought the pacing was an issue, with far too many new plots appearing in the final act, but noted that Riot is ultimately a business and that there will simply be more “Arcane.”
In that sense, there had to be plots interjected to make room for Season 2. One simply does not create the highest rated video game adaptation of all time and call it quits after one season. Fans are still utterly enthralled with show, so not even slight pacing issues can stop the monster that Riot (and Singed) have created.