It’s really nice to see Garona handled so well. Everything about her has been improved in the film. Normally, movies aren’t considered as good as the source material, but for this character, the movie is much better than the source material.
Garona has been a part of Warcraft for as long as it has existed, and in all that time, she has always struggled with her place in the story. Her back story has been retconed more than any other, and she has been shoe horned in and then cut in almost every game.
The only thing Garona gets to do in WC1 is be rescued. That is literally the only thing.
She is absent from Warcraft 2
In WC3 she was cut and replaced with Grom Hellscream.
In Vanilla WoW, she was cut and replaced as the leader of Ravenholdt.
In Legion she has been demoted and replaced by Ravenholdt (again).
The the comics, her mind control by Gul’dan was torturous, when that transferred to Cho’Gall it made her an almost unusable character. She literally had to spend every waking moment hiding and avoiding contact with sentient beings. Both for fear of them either controlling her or if she decided they were ok, betraying them because of the curse Sargeras put on her.
Garona’s backstory in game is a monstrous. It’s horrific in in narrative implications, and and a mess to try to write for or relate to. Her story is the most tangled mess in all of Warcraft. That makes the changes that come in to movie so welcome. The things that were cut, I was happy to see go.
Durotan didn’t exist when WC1 was written. Garona was absence from the WC2 game, but that doesn’t exclude her from playing an important role in the next movies. It would be great to see her step up to a leadership role and try to play both side of the field. It’s also a great opportunity for a heroic rogue, which is something else we almost never get to see. I can totally imagine Garona being the Horde representative that meets with King Aiden Perenolde and negotiates the Horde’s peaceful passage through Alterac.