7) Urðr - I feel that the Norns have somewhat of an unfair advantage here. They are only freshly made gods, so it would seem churlish of Ananke to take them out. A couple of clues to rule them out is that there is only one smoking corpse (although Urðr could have been individually killed), but also the Norns have insight into the fate of the gods. Surely they would see their own death? Does this explain their morbid message in issue 10? As daughters of Ananke would they also be less likely to killed? As we know from this series, the roles and powers of the gods are not as clear cut as their wikipedia descriptions. This is part of the allure of the series, so there is a chance they could do somthing wrong to influence the events, but again they seem unlikely. To be fair, too, the front cover isn't a snapshot, it's a stylised treatment, so perhaps we shouldn't take it's nature too literally...
10) Sakhmet - We know she has a pretty explosive personality. She’s another henchman for Ananke, so probably an unlikely corpse. She’s also quite a loose cannon. Like Amaterasu, there's a chance she could get caught in the cross fire. Based on previous battles, the method of death is normally more impressive than a mere decapitation. The head explosion is a punctuation mark in the story, much like the french guillotine, it is designed as a method 'pour encourager les autres'. Nevertheless, I'd like to see more of Sakhmet. She's a colourful, interesting character who I'm hoping will be explored in the third act.
So there you go. Does Ananke have a hidden agenda? Does she have any free will? Her role is to oversee the events and banish the darkness, ensuring the mortals can bathe only in the celebrity-fueled light of the gods. Much like the terrible savageness of nature, Ananke is doing what she must to protect the validity of the Pantheon. Sometimes these events, which are perceived from a purely personal level, are horrifying and cruel (such as Laura’s trauma over Luci) but is Ananke merely ensuring that the show must go on? As Chuck Palahniuk once said, "“All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring.”
Listen, Issue 11 is bloody good. Apart from finding out who is in on the front cover, it is an epic, jaw-dropping conclusion to to a great story arc that leaves you wondering what Gillen and McKelvie have in store for us next. You really, really need to read issue 11.
The Wicked + The Divine #11 can be bought in print and digital from Image Comics from the 3rd of June.