|“I don't believe these reflections reveal our inability to escape, but a mere glimpse of our future selves.”|
|— Zane to the ninja|
The ninja reached the ice labyrinth as the final test to procuring the Realm Crystal. When Zane walked by the ice walls, he noticed that he looked older in the reflection, as did Kai. They realized that it showed them how they would appear in the future. When Jay looked at himself he saw that he would be missing an eye, and also that he ended up with Nya again. Cole tried to see himself but couldn't, presumably because he was a ghost. Morro attacked the Ninja, smashing through the ice wall, and they battled him using icicles. Kai eventually trapped him, and the Ninja continued the test. They noticed a bright light below them and start to dig, causing them to fall down into the final cave.
Jay talked about his reflection to Zane, and Zane questioned him on not mentioning it to Cole. However, Jay said that he wasn't willing to risk his friendship with Cole. Jay's future knowledge would go on to influence his perceptions of the present, as he assumed any conflict with Nya was only temporary.
- 52. "Grave Danger"
- Each ninja who was shown was wearing the same future robes, which looks similar to the robes that Wu wore in the last few episodes of Possession and in the sets for that season.
- Lloyd and Cole are the only two who did not see what their future self looks like, while Nya's future reflection appeared but she was not present.
- However, in Season 6, Cole revealed that the reason he never saw his future self isn't that he was a ghost, but rather because he was able to turn invisible.
- Kai's future self shows age lines on his face.
- Zane's future self doesn't look any different.
- Jay's future self has a mustache, beard, and eyepatch. His minifigure was featured in the 2018 Bricktober set 5005257 NINJAGO Minifigure Collection.
- Nya's future self is shown to have slightly longer hair. Her minifigure is set to appear in the Character Encyclopedia New Edition, with golden shoulder armor, her original hair, and her movie face design.
- The Mirror of Fears is similar, since you look at yourself differently, only in one you see your future and the other your worst fear.
- With the new designs as of Season 8, it would seem that the Ninja's change in appearance causes a plot hole with the Crystal Wall reflection of their future selves. However, Tommy Andreasen has implied the Ninja may still look like this in the future.
- When asked about how the future reflections didn't seem to compare to the Season 8 designs, he replied "That reflection is like 50 years into the future … season 8 is not."
- When someone said that the timeline was altered by Wu in Season 7, he said "No he didn't. We did a design update. Shows do that and we will do so again sometime."
- While this may be true in-universe, the appearances of the Ninja will most likely not revert to their original designs within the show itself.
- Tommy Andreasen wanted to have the future variant of Jay to be part of the League of Jay in Season 12: Prime Empire, but the budget didn't allow it.
- ↑ Dark Island Trilogy, Part 3 Episode Guide
- ↑ https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/893016553842761729
- ↑ https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/1061684477548740609
- ↑ https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/1293926010614882304
- ↑ https://web.archive.org/web/20200815063029/https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/1241758797405847553