Netflix’s Fate: The Winx Saga reaches back to 2004 and the eight-season run of Winx Club, an animated Nickelodeon series about a group of warrior fairies attending Alfea College for Fairies. Viewers were probably around ten years old.
Well, the millennials grew up and so did The Winx Saga, now a live action rated-R incarnation—something like True Blood meets Harry Potter cosplay. (Potter mentioned unironically in the first 10 minutes of the series.)
Netflix recruited writer Brian Young (The Vampire Diaries) to adapt the cartoon for a late teen Netflix audience. In an interrvie with The Guardian, Young explained some of the choices for setting—the boarding school and exteriors filmed in County Wicklow in Ireland: “It’s a fantasy that I think a lot of people have when they’re that age, because you’re just trying to find somewhere where you don’t feel so alone and so different.”
In search of such escapism, the series also looks to break down high school clique clichés by merging groups of people from different worlds. Young and company also had to update the fairy demographics, which, in the Nickelodeon cartoon, was primarily focused on girls. “In our show, boys can be fairies, girls can be specialists,” he said. “We’re in the 21st century.”
Whether it’s millennial nostalgia or genius exploitation of lingering Harry Potter fumes, Winx has hit #1 on Netflix. But will the streaming service bring it back?
Will there be a Fate: The Winx Saga season 2?
There’s been no official announcement yet by Netflix, though some media sites are claiming confirmation. The Wrap says a source close to the publication, as well as a cast member who intimated continuation of the story, told them Netflix will green-light a Season 2.
With no dearth of source material or worlds to explore, Winx could see a multi-season run, turning into something like Teen Wolf for the streaming service. Still, that’s all speculation.
When will Winx return to Netflix?
A return date is also speculation, however, one can do a bit of filming math as soon as Season 2 is announced.
Season 1 of Winx began filming in September of 2019, and only hit Netflix over a year later. Still, there were some global cataclysms in the meantime, which likely changed Netflix’s release slate. The series was also then untested on Netflix viewers, meaning the surge in Season 1’s success could help spur production. Should Winx get the go-ahead in the coming months, we may get a Season 2 by mid-2022.
What will Season 2 be about?
The question now is who will Season 2 feature? Even before release, some fans were upset over casting decisions made for Season 1, particularly for the character Terra, “Flora” in the original cartoon who was depicted as having darker skin, possibly being Latina. Terra was cast as white in Season 1, though lead actor Abigail Cowen said in a recent interview she believes a character closer to the original Flora will be introduced in a potential Season 2.
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