Fans are mourning the untimely death of Lance Reddick, the actor with roles in the John Wick franchise, The Wire, Bosch, and Fringe. There’s been an outpouring of tributes and remembrances on social media, both from admirers of Reddick’s work, and the actors who worked with him.
But Destiny players are mourning Reddick’s passing in a different way, by visiting his character, Commander Zavala, en masse in the Tower in Destiny 2. Players are hugging, saluting, or simply sitting in silence side-by-side in the game’s main social space, offering tributes to the character and the man who voiced him.
Destiny players have a deep connection to Reddick’s Zavala. He’s been with them, serving as the Titan Vanguard, since the beginning. For many longtime Destiny players (Titan-class players in particular), Reddick’s been a daily presence in their gaming lives for nearly a decade. Zavala is crucial to the story of Destiny, and an ever-present figure in the Tower. It’s not clear how, or even if, Bungie will replace Reddick as Zavala, or whether Zavala as a character will continue to be a presence in Destiny 2.
Bungie published a statement Friday evening paying tribute to Reddick, saying, “His love for our community shined through in Commander Zavala, in his uncompromising dedication to his craft, and out of the radiating kindness that touched those around him.”
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For now, here’s how Destiny players and Bungie employees are paying tribute to the late actor.
our commander, always. pic.twitter.com/Kc1tbnLaOg— Liana Ruppert GDC (@DirtyEffinHippy) March 17, 2023
players at the Tower sitting with Zavala, some people are giving emote hugs, this is just so sad pic.twitter.com/czIhyRTNLd— saniya (@saniyaga) March 17, 2023
RIP Zavala. A Light lost but not forgotten #LanceReddick pic.twitter.com/8niYtAWp2U— SchviftyFive (@SchviftyFive) March 17, 2023
Such touching tributes to Lance Reddick on the Tower. Thank you for everything that you have brought to this world and specifically the Destiny 2 universe. We could always count on the Commander to keep us focused on the mission at hand. Rest well, Lance! We will forever miss you pic.twitter.com/LpWMbfnvZN— Matt 'Chewy' Ruppert (@chewytactical) March 17, 2023
Today is a sad day. We really did lose a legend. pic.twitter.com/KakaE9T7FJ— Josh Kulinski (@JoshKulinski) March 17, 2023
i really do love this community ❤️ pic.twitter.com/vnnrJDvWMz— Miranda Dionisio (@ItsaMeDio) March 17, 2023
So many people came to pay their respects... pic.twitter.com/P16ayUQAFW— Cameron (@EpicEpikCookie) March 17, 2023
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Just seeing the croud grow over time...— EricJohnE (@MxEricJohnE) March 17, 2023
Well back to work I guess, but leaving it as is in the background until I idle out pic.twitter.com/JAiusMrG6H
Every single Tower instance is the same. pic.twitter.com/14RgJbIkgx— Quantum the Chronicler (@Quantum__) March 17, 2023
Update: We’ve updated this story with Bungie’s statement on Lance Reddick’s death.