One of the most entertaining stories flying around the internet recently is a rejected ending to The Lion King on Broadway which would have ended it differently than the film did, way differently.
Apparently instead of heading back to Pride Rock to challenge Scar, Simba would come across....Vegas. Vegas in the case of the show being an oasis made by the new villain Papa Croc, who, allied with Scar, buried all the water.
Simba attaches himself to the villain due the void left after the death of Mufasa. However Papa Croc does not seem to share the same sentient for the lion and makes him fight other animals instead.
This was not approved by Disney, and the ending became similar to the film's ending: All the animals of the Pride gather in joy and celebrate the birth of Simba and Nala's new cub Kiara.
Wait a minute...Kiara....
She's a very important character in the Lion King's story! More specifically Lion King 2. This means if the Broadway show ended that way a huge chunk of The Lion King story would be missing...Right?
Well actually it depends on when Kiara was conceived.
If she was conceived sometime after Simba returned, Simba's Pride wouldn't happen, unless Nala fell in love with a different male and had Kiara with him. In that case a Simba's Pride-like story could happen if Kovu fell in love with her and chose her as his queen. Scar most likely wouldn't approve of his heir falling in love with the daughter a lioness who openly defies the king.
aybe Nala could teach her We are One, and Kiara and Kovu could use it to make a compromise between the lionesses and hyenas. Akin to what The Outsiders did in Simba's Pride, maybe the hyenas would side with them peacefully, with only Scar (and possibly Zira) not agreeing to it. The villain death might even be the same as well, with Kiara intercepting Scar, who meets his demise by not grabbing her paw. Maybe in a dark twist Zira would jump after him. Her original death in Simba's Pride was darker than that.
Since this blog is eagerly awaiting The Lion Guard, we'll discuss Kion. Depending on how The Lion Guard itself will change things, Kion would be born either in the middle of this re imagined Lion King 2, or at the tail end of it. If it was at the end, a new enemy would need to be introduced since hyenas wouldn't be a threat. Unless some were still loyal to Scar and exiled like The Outsiders were.
The second possibility is taking a fan theory into account. There's a semi popular fan theory that speculates Kiara was conceived during Can you Feel the Love Tonight, which followed Simba and Nala's reunion.
This takes two things into account. First being how long it took The Pride Lands to recover from the drought. During Scar's region there was either little rain or none at all. When Simba returned the rain did as well. It would still take a while for the plant life and herds to return though.
A lioness's pregnancy is about three months. It might be far fetched, but maybe the plant life could have returned by this point. Unless due to how human-like the lions are, perhaps they have nine month pregnancies, which would allow the plants more time to grow.
It's assumed that Kiara was born the same day she was presented.
This theory also keeps Kovu's age in account. Zira claims he was hand chosen by Scar as heir, and that he was the last born before The Outsider's exile.
However this is puzzling as Kovu and Kiara look around the same age. So if he was a newborn when Simba returned and Kiara was indeed conceived during Can you Feel the Love tonight, maybe they'd look pretty close in age, even with a three month gap. That depends again on whether they age like humans or actual lions. Also the fact Kovu may be malnourished due to living in the Outlands could be a factor as well.
In this case The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride could not occur as it is in the film, however it could still be a Romeo and Juliet love story. Like Simba hated Kovu for being Scar's heir, Scar would hate Kiara for being Simba's daughter. While Nala probably wouldn't train Kiara to kill Scar, Kiara might naturally fall in love with Kovu. Maybe he'd love her back, which would cause tension between The lionesses loyal to Scar and the non loyal lionesses. We Are One could be used to bring peace between the two groups of lions who are most likely bitter enemies. Again, Scar could face a demise similar to Zira's. In the case of the hyenas either they are banished or they became peaceful too.
So there is a possibility if this actually happened that Kiara could exist. Simba's Pride was in production when the show premiered, so I bet some people excitedly imagined what the little cub's future would bring. Although it would be humorous if that Papa Croc thing happened.