Season 2 of “Fate: The Winx Saga,” a gritty Netflix adaptation of the popular “Winx Club” animation, introduces new characters, broadens the world, and lays the groundwork for future episodes.
With the help of the mythical Alfea College, Bloom (Abigail Cowen), a strong fire fairy who was raised in the human world, sets out on an adventure. Her boyfriend Sky (Danny Griffin) and her apartment mates Aisha (Precious Mustapha), Terra (Eliot Salt), Musa (Elisha Applebaum), and Stella are among the many friends and allies she has with her (Hannah van der Westhuysen).
With just seven episodes, Season 2 picks up where Season 1 left off with a lot of action. Bloom attracts the attention of headmistress Rosalind Hale (Miranda Richardson) and the entire Otherworld as she successfully uses the ancient power inside her known as the Dragon Flame. The Burned Ones’ menace has been eliminated, but a Blood Witch revival poses a new threat. In order to find their true power and defend their homes, each of the several individuals must contend with their fears, relationships, and enigmatic pasts.
Equal amounts The second season of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and the CW adolescent drama “Fate: The Winx Saga” is both brightly entertaining and frequently perplexing. The show’s status quo is significantly altered by the season finale, and even bigger stories are hinted at for future episodes. What it all implies and where the show might go next are explained here.
- 1 A Fleeting Return Of Farah Dowling
- 2 Sebastian’s Ambitious Scheme
- 3 Alterations That Are New
- 4 There Will Soon Be A Blood Witch War
- 5 A Criminal Record
- 6 Is Beatrix Dead?
- 7 The Darkness Realm
- 8 Who Is The Enigmatic Shadow Person?
- 9 Bloom’s Biological Mom
- 10 Was Flora’s Magic Lost?
- 11 What’s Going On in the Otherworld?
- 12 It’s Love In The Air
A Fleeting Return Of Farah Dowling
Farah Dowling (Eve Best), the former headmistress of Alfea who appeared to have been killed off in the Season 1 finale, makes a surprise appearance before “Fate: The Winx Saga” Season 2’s main climax. It turns out that following Rosalind’s attack, Fowling was able to capture her spirit in a magical artifact, which Flora (Paulina Chávez) and Terra later unearthed and opened.
Dowling is sadly unable to stay for too long. The idea is that even though her body was destroyed, her spirit was retained in a state of sort of limbo. For a little period of time, the essence she was able to save fully revives her, but after that, she decomposes into dust. It’s probable that Dowling’s complete removal from the program was influenced by Best’s selection to play Rhaenys Targaryen in HBO’s “House of the Dragon,” the precursor to “Game of Thrones.”
Due to the other show’s production schedule, the actor was reportedly unable to even film on the “Winx” set, so Dowling’s brief comeback had to be created utilizing remotely recorded dialogue, body doubles, and special effects.
All of this suggests that Dowling has truly left this time, which is disappointing to say the least. She was a shining star for the show in Season 1 and she does it once more in her brief comeback. At least she gets to impart some last-minute knowledge to the girls before departing for the great beyond.
Sebastian’s Ambitious Scheme
Sebastian Valtor (Éanna Hardwicke), a graduate of Alfea College who is secretly a Blood Witch, is the main antagonist of “Fate: The Winx Saga” Season 2. It has been revealed over the course of the season that Sebastian’s family was a part of Aster Dell, the Blood Witch settlement that Rosalind completely destroyed. Sebastian begins stealing fairies’ magic in an effort to exact retribution and begins assembling allies in an effort to steal the Dragon Flame.
Sebastian’s ultimate objective remains a surprise for the majority of Season 2, and even at the conclusion, it can be challenging to figure out. Beatrix (Sadie Soverall) asserted that Sebastian’s primary motivation was to make amends for Rosalind’s transgressions. She informs Stella in the climax that “there’s an entity in the Realm of Darkness.” “Shadow. The dead can be raised by it.” The villain’s plan appears to be to utilize the Dragon Flame to open a conduit to the Realm of Darkness and use this being’s ability to raise the dead from the Aster Dell massacre.
The Winx, however, step in to stop him because doing so would be extremely harmful to reality’s fabric. However, they arrive a bit late since a gateway is actually opened in the school’s basement. Sebastian’s last name is Valtor, which is also the name of a formidable magician and a main antagonist in the original “Winx Club” cartoon. Sebastian’s strategy might bring some even more dangerous enemies if “Fate” keeps loyal to the source material.
Alterations That Are New
The united strength of Bloom, Terra, Aisha, and Stella is ultimately required to defeat Sebastian because it is no easy task. They do, however, have a fresh move up their collective sleeves. Ms. Dowling gave them some ancient fairy knowledge before she left for the afterlife, telling them that controlling all of your emotions—both positive and negative—is the key to changing and developing wings. In transforming and putting a merciless end to Sebastian once and for all, Bloom’s pals join her. They are the first fairies to do so in generations.
Unusual details are included in this twist, it must be said. How did Dowling learn this transformational secret? She speculates to Rosalind just before she passes away that Bloom’s ability to morph was made possible by the Dragon Flame. So, while she was buried in the earth, did she read a lot? Maybe a lot of meditation? Beyond that, it’s a little disappointing that the secret to transformation turns out to be so straightforward. As stated in Season 1, it was believed that the power of wings had been permanently lost. Does that imply that not a single fairy was able to fully express all of their feelings throughout that time? It seems like something that may happen by accident.
In any case, it’s entertaining to watch the four fairies develop their wings and combine their abilities. It probably won’t be the last time now that a portal to the Realm of Darkness has opened.
There Will Soon Be A Blood Witch War
At the conclusion of Episode 5 of “Fate: The Winx Saga,” when Bloom murders Rosalind, there occurs one of the show’s most bizarre scenes. To be honest, Ms. Dowling was murdered in Season 1 after being attacked by the nasty headmistress.
Even though Rosalind’s oppressive rule over the Otherworld is probably for the best, Bloom’s attack nonetheless shocks many people. Bloom isn’t identified as Rosalind’s killer even though she is (temporarily) put in jail for her crimes.
Instead, Queen Luna (Kate Fleetwood) uses the Blood Witches as the cause of the crime as a way to incite animosity among the inhabitants of the Otherworld.
Rosalind and Sebastian were both killed, yet it still appears like a real conflict between fairies and Blood Witches may be developing. Clearly, the general public is biased against the Blood Witches, and Luna’s speech simply serves to confirm this predisposition.
The rest of the Otherworld might imitate Solaria’s leaders if they choose to become more aggressive in their pursuit of the Blood Witches. But even if Sebastian and his band of miscreants have caused a lot of suffering, it seems wrong to demonize all Blood Witches.
Grey Owens, played by Brandon Grace, serves as evidence that not all Blood Witches are evil. He even revives Sky to demonstrate the good that their magic is capable of. However, Queen Luna is likely to succeed in her quest for war.
A Criminal Record
At the conclusion of “Fate: The Winx Saga” Season 2, Bloom’s imprisonment for the murder of Rosalind is one major plot point that is fully abandoned. Due to her threat to the Otherworld, Queen Luna sentences her to 20 years in stasis, but her friends quickly free her. Suddenly, everyone seemed to have forgotten that there was ever a murder, a trial, or a sentencing after Sebastian attacks Alfea.
The best justification for the dismissal of Bloom’s allegations is that Ms. Dowling’s survival demonstrated Rosalind’s culpability. Dowling never actually meets with Luna or any other representatives of authority to clear Bloom’s name, though.
She assists in bringing her out of stasis and teaches the other Winx about transformation magic before she abruptly vanishes. It would seem crucial for Dowling to use some of her remaining time to clear Rosalind’s name, but that never occurs.
Why then does everyone seem to have forgotten about Bloom’s trial? Of course, the attack on the school shifts focus a little. Sebastian must be stopped by her abilities, and Saul Silva (Robert James-Collier) never intended for her to be imprisoned to begin with.
Although she is still very much alive, Queen Luna is not the kind of person to alter her mind quickly. Had she not disappeared into the Realm of Darkness, she might have put Bloom back in stasis.
Is Beatrix Dead?
At the conclusion of Season 2 of “Fate: The Winx Saga,” Sebastian is defeated, but at a price. Beatrix intervenes to prevent Bloom from giving up the Dragon Flame after two complete seasons of playing both sides and only thinking about herself. Sebastian is beaten as a result of her intervention, but she sacrifices herself as a result, leaving behind a complex legacy.
Is Beatrix actually dead, though? At the conclusion of the episode, we see Stella grieving and the burial site where she is interred. Then, though, we notice a horrifying figure made entirely of shadow standing over Beatrix’s grave. The figure is most likely the same “Shadow” from the Realm of Darkness that Beatrix had mentioned to Stella and resembles the figure Bloom keeps seeing in his dreams. We might possibly get to meet Beatrix again if the rumor of the being raising the dead is accurate.
That would make sense considering the numerous unresolved issues in her story. Although Beatrix and Stella’s romantic tension is very clear, they never have the opportunity to fully discuss their thoughts. Stella is also shown reading Beatrix’s information, which includes the names and locations of her two sisters, Isobel and D’Arcy Daniels. Further pointing to Beatrix’s reappearance, it appears that “Fate” may be finally bringing in all of the “Trix” witches from “Winx Club.”
The Darkness Realm
The Realm of Darkness is brought up repeatedly in Season 2 of “Fate: The Winx Saga,” leading to Bloom’s own exploration of it. But what precisely is this alternative universe, and what mysteries might it hold about the show’s future?
Even though the Realm of Darkness doesn’t exist in the original “Winx Club” cartoon, there are certain places that are comparable that were undoubtedly the influence. In the anime series, Bloom later travels to the evil dimension known as Obsidian, where both of her parents are held captive.
The Realm of Darkness is comparable to Obsidian in a number of respects, particularly because of its monster residents and the disappearance of at least one of Bloom’s parents there. It seems sense that such a world would be introduced in “The Winx Saga” because there are many such parallel realms in the animation.
When Bloom first enters the Realm of Darkness, things don’t look so horrible. Of course, “Fate” Season 2 shows virtually little. It was previously established that the scrapers and Shadow, the enigmatic being thought to be capable of resurrecting the dead, are both from the Realm of Darkness.
By the end of Season 2, not much more is disclosed, but it is obvious that the deadly dimension will be more important in subsequent episodes.
Who Is The Enigmatic Shadow Person?
In “Fate: The Winx Saga,” the enigmatic character Beatrix refers to as “Shadow” is arguably the most intriguing part of the Realm of Darkness. At the very end of the Season 2 finale, near Beatrix’s grave, the creature that Bloom sees in her visions makes its appearance. So what is it exactly, and what does it seek?
The original “Winx Club” cartoon may be able to shed some light on the shadow creature, albeit “Fate” Season 2 leaves many questions unanswered. Lord Darkar, an ancient entity whose potent magic is the exact opposite of the Dragon Flame, is one of the main adversaries in that episode.
Similar to the Shadow, Darkar lives distant from Alfea and is awoken by the Winx. It’s also important to note that Darkar frequently makes use of the abilities of the Trix, a group of evil witches. Since it has been revealed that Beatrix has two sisters, the comparison that she plays the Trix in “Fate” is even more appropriate.
This Realm of Darkness creature will probably prove to be Bloom’s toughest adversary to date. Although it is unclear why it specifically searches for Beatrix’s tomb, the creature may raise her from the dead and bring her to its side. It’s also not known if the shadow creature shares a direct connection with the Dragon Flame with Darkar. But it seems possible given that using the Flame is required to open a doorway to the Realm of Darkness.
Bloom’s Biological Mom
In the season’s last scene, Bloom, who has been seeing visions of the Realm of Darkness, enters the tower in search of a woman who might or might not be her mother. There is no evidence in Season 2 that the lady Bloom encounters is actually her mother; instead, Sebastian informs her that her mother imprisoned herself in the Realm of Darkness after putting Bloom in stasis 1,000 years ago.
The aforementioned temporal shift of one thousand years is one of the factors making that implausible. Bloom is informed by Sebastian that she was born at the time of the Burned Ones’ ascent and that her mother had previously wielded the Dragon Flame. Bloom’s mother frozen her for a millennium and sent herself into exile in an effort to spare her child from the sorrow she felt on behalf of the Flame. So how is it possible that she is still alive now, decades later?
Perhaps she went into a state of stasis herself. Perhaps the Dragon Flame’s dormant power kept her alive in some way. Or perhaps the passage of time is simply different in the Realm of Darkness. Of course, it’s also possible that Bloom’s mother isn’t the lady he finds at all. And even if it is, her appearance might be a part of a bigger, sinister scheme. Perhaps Bloom’s mother returned because of the shadow monster from the Realm of Darkness, if it is actually capable of raising the dead.
Was Flora’s Magic Lost?
Flora takes a bold move during the combat at Alfea and draws every scraper in the school to her. She essentially transforms herself into a bioweapon by injecting herself with a substance that is fatal to them. The one exception is that in order for the plan to succeed, they must absorb her magic. Flora survives till the very end, although she suffers a lot in the process.
Flora is seen to be far from fine at the concluding montage of “Fate: The Winx Saga” Season 2. It appears as though everything should be OK. In one image, she can be seen sobbing while gazing at a horrifying scraper bite mark in a mirror. Despite the fact that she survives, the earth fairy is never seen utilizing magic after her ordeal, and the entire incident is viewed as a major sacrifice.
Is it conceivable that in killing the scrapers, Flora lost some of her magic? When Sebastian dies, Musa and the other stripped fairies all regain their powers, but the Blood Witch was never able to take Flora’s magic from the scrapers. Does it follow that if they passed away right away after sapping her that Sebastian’s death didn’t restore her? If so, might she still be recharged through a process akin to that of Musa’s channeling crystal? In this regard, “Fate” doesn’t offer many explanations, but it’s obvious that Flora is still processing her terrifying experience.
What’s Going On in the Otherworld?
The Otherworld beyond Alfea is frequently addressed in “Fate: The Winx Saga” Season 2, similar to Season 1. Due to its special impact on Alfea, Solaria is brought up the most. However, the season also adds to the show’s canon by talking about Aisha’s family company, Flora’s research travels, and other plot points that take place away from the school. However, just a small portion of the world outside of Alfea is depicted on screen.
You’d think that Alfea would be a top destination for any Otherworld bigwig or political leader given the presence of the Burned Ones, the Dragon Flame, the scrapers, and the Blood Witches — that fairies all over the world might want to meet Bloom for their own reasons. But they do not appear. Budgetary restrictions are probably to blame more than anything else for this, given “Fate” isn’t the most expensive fantasy program in Netflix’s library. The heroes may not be able to hide in Alfea for very long, though, as Luna drives the fairies toward all-out war with the Blood Witches and the hole to the Realm of Darkness remains open.
It’s Love In The Air
At the conclusion of “Fate: The Winx Saga” Season 2, a lot of things are rather bleak, but there are also some bright spots, many of which result from the show’s multiple active relationships. At the end of the Season 2 finale, we get a lovely montage of where everyone stands, which is a nice reminder that the series has always been as much about teen drama as it has been about using magic to save the world.
When Bloom decides she must travel to the Realm of Darkness, Sky and Bloom have a difficult time, but it is obvious that their link is still solid. Going out with Kat, Terra truly embraces her queer identity (Leah Minto). Musa is devastated when Sam (Jacob Dudman) tells Alfea that he is leaving early in the season, but by the season finale, it is strongly hinted that she might have emotions for Riven (Freddie Thorp). In the final montage, they can be seen sparring together, and Riven gives Musa a set of magic-blocking handcuffs so she can choose when to rest from using her abilities.
Grey comes to Alfea despite being exiled there to meet Aisha at least once more. However, it is not made clear how she reacts to seeing him or what possible repercussions his actions may have. Last but not least, Stella laments Beatrix’s passing; their friendship is strongly hinted to be more than just that. In other words, there is plenty of drama going on.