Netflix has renewed Fate: The Winx Saga for season 2, confirming the return of the fairies of Alfea. Loosely adapted from Winx Club, the wildly popular Italian animated series that Iginio Straffi created for Nickelodeon in 2004, Fate: The Winx Saga is a live-action coming-of-age fantasy drama that premiered on Netflix in January 2021. Although the show was largely criticized for failing to capture the essence of its source material and whitewashing its Latinx and Asian characters, it nevertheless grew to become a YA sensation within a few days of its premiere. The show was one of Netflix‘s top rising and top binge show in its debut week, and even today, it continues to rule streaming viewership charts worldwide.
During its freshman run, Fate: The Winx saga did what the showrunner Brian Young describes as”scratching the surface” of an “incredibly rich world.” It chronicled the story of Bloom (Abigail Cowen), a powerful fairy with fire powers, as she enrolls in a prestigious magic school in an alternate dimension called the Otherworld. At her new institution, Bloom shares a suite with her magic-powered roommates, Stella (Hannah van der Westhuysen), Aisha (Precious Mustapha), Terra (Eliot Salt), and Musa (Elisha Applebaum), who are all inspired by characters from the animated series. As the show progresses, the five fairies learn about Bloom’s past and discover that she is far more powerful than anyone had imagined. Meanwhile, zombie-like creatures called Burned Ones return to Alfea, threatening the magical realm’s peace and prosperity. Fate: The Winx Saga‘s first season ended with some thrilling revelations and an explosive cliffhanger. Now, the show is tipped to return for more adventures.
As confirmed by Netflix Queue on Thursday, Fate: The Winx Saga has officially been renewed for season 2. The new show will consist of eight episodes, and it will begin filming in Ireland later this year. At the moment, no further details have been revealed concerning the plot and storylines of the new show, although Young has teased some tidbits about what is to come next. In his note, which Netflix included in the renewal announcement, Young revealed that season 2 will also focus on the four other fairies, apart from Bloom. He also teased a new arrival in Alfea “next term,” indicating the addition of new performers in the show’s sophomore iteration.
The news about Fate: The Winx Saga‘s renewal is definitely a reason for fans to rejoice. Not only because it guarantees another round of edgy storytelling, fiery monsters, lightning spells, epic battles, twisty plotlines, and dramatic relationships and rivalries, but because it affirms that the show is seeking to fix the mistakes it made by introducing a swathe of changes to the original cartoon’s premise and characters. It’s largely evident from Young’s message that season 2 will include Techna, a fairy from the animated series who was frustratingly missing from the live-action remake. Plus, Young has also promised to allocate more screen time to Musa, Terra, Stella, and Aisha, meaning that fans can finally relish their long-anticipated transformations in the forthcoming season.
Storywise, there is a lot that Fate: The Winx Saga season 2 needs to do. The rip-roaring season 1 finale had climatically altered the power and character dynamics at Alfea, leaving fans puzzled. So as the new show takes to explore the backstories of some leading fairies while resolving lingering issues from the freshman run and presenting new characters, audiences can expect it to be more fast-paced, story-driven, and energetic. True, there are a lot of arcs that the show must address. But if the new season handles all plotlines economically and puts the two additional episodes to good use, it can flesh out the storylines for all characters satisfyingly. It is too early to tell when the second season of Fate: The Winx Saga will bow on Netflix. But if the show completes filming this year, fans can expect season 2 to arrive on Netflix by early 2022.