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The Magicians Season 5: Release Date, Cast, Trailer, Spoilers, News

March 28, 2019
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The fantasy genre has become one of the fastest growing and most popular genres in recent times, and if you are a lover of the genre, then ‘The Magicians’ is a show you should definitely watch. Created by Sera Gamble and John McNamara, and based on a 2009 novel of the same name by Lev Grossman, ‘The Magicians’ follows a group of misfits who study magic secretly in the real world. However, their fling with magic takes a serious turn when they discover a fantasy world that poses a grave threat to humanity.

Aired on the Syfy network, Season 1 of the show first made its way to viewers’ screens on December 16, 2015, and was received favorably by critics and audiences alike. This favorable reception prompted Syfy to renew the show for its second season, which premiered a bit more than a year later on January 25, 2017. This time, critics and viewers heaped praises on the show, prompting Syfy to renew it again. Season 3 premiered on January 10, 2018, and blew critics away, and understandably, Syfy renewed it for yet another season, which premiered on January 23, 2019. Now, fans of the show and critics are all wondering whether ‘The Magicians’ will return yet again with its intriguing characters, spells, and its fascinating fantasy world. Here’s everything we know about the show’s future.

The Magicians Cast: Who is in it?

‘The Magicians’ has an ensemble cast with most of the main characters getting almost equal attention. Jason Ralph plays Quentin Coldwater, the main protagonist of the show, and Stella Maeve joins him as Julia Wicker, Quentin’s childhood friend. Olivia Taylor Dudley plays the role of Alice Quinn, a gifted magician, while Arjun Gupta plays William “Penny” Adiyodi, a talented magician and telepath who is capable of travelling between different worlds. Hale Appleman plays Quentin’s senior and friend, Eliot Waugh, while Summer Bishil plays Margo Hanson (the equivalent of Janet from the novel), who is a close friend of Eliot.

In later seasons, Rick Worthy, Jade Tailor, Brittany Curran, and Trevor Einhorn join the ensemble cast as Henry Fogg, Kady Orloff-Diaz, Fenn, and Josh Hoberman, respectively.

Apart from these aforementioned main cast members, there are dozens of characters who make recurring and episodic appearances in the show. If ‘The Magicians’ does return for a fifth season, we would expect at least the main cast members to make a comeback and reprise their roles.

The Magicians Plot: What is it about?

Well, there’s no simple way to explain the plot of ‘The Magicians’, so we’ll jump right to it. The show, in essence, is a mixture of the Harry Potter series (indeed, Lev Gross was inspired by J.K. Rowling), The Chronicles of Narnia, and a good dose of reality. Set in a contemporary world where magic is real, the show follows Quentin and co. after they are invited to, and enroll for the Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, where magic is taught to talented individuals who display a knack for it. Towards the beginning of the story, ‘The Magicians’ introduces viewers to Brakebills, the world of magic, and the main characters in the show. It also introduces another, completely magical, medieval world called Fillory, and the main antagonist, a character known as The Beast.


As the show progresses, Quentin, Alice, Eliot, and Margo are crowned the kings and queens of Fillory (get the reference to The Chronicles of Narnia?). Charged with the governance of this vast medieval world filled with powerful magic and magical creatures, the show follows the struggles of the four rulers and their friends as they try to govern it with wisdom and fight off the many evils that lurk within it.

Despite the show’s setting resembling Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia, the resemblance ends there. Unlike characters from the two book series, the characters in ‘The Magicians’ are not pure, nor are they completely good or evil. Rather, they are portrayed as morally grey young people with exceptional powers who struggle to deal with their own personal problems and the responsibilities that they bear towards Fillory and their own world. Whereas as Quentin is portrayed as a magic obsessed youth, he also struggles with clinical depression. Alice, meanwhile, is at the top of her class, but instead of being a Hermione Granger-esque nerd, she is a mean force of nature. Margo, for her part, is the quintessential fashion queen, who is not a particularly sweet person. Penny, despite his powers of teleportation, has a rather aggressive streak. In a similar way, all the major characters in the show have their own personal problems which they have to contend with as they strive to become better magicians and better people. Apart from having flawed characters, the show is also replete with relationship drama, unconventional sexual preferences, and other similar facets that give it a very modern feel. This mixture of grey characters and modern themes makes the characters in the show feel relatable, and allows the show to seamlessly address modern themes without losing any of its magical charm.

As far as the tone of the show is concerned, it’s not all doom and gloom, and has a good dose of humor, which sometimes even borders on satire. Further, ‘The Magicians’ also throws some musical episodes into the mix, thereby stimulating a diverse set of feelings among viewers, which range from rage, despair, laughter, and bliss. On the face of it, such a diversity should not work, but somehow, it does, and makes ‘The Magicians’ an intriguing, exhilarating, and fun watch.

It therefore comes as no surprise that television critics have fallen in love with the show. Although Season 1 got off to a slow start, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 74%, Seasons 2, 3, and 4, have consistently raised the bar, having scores of 91%, 100%, and 100%, respectively. Overall, the show enjoys an outstanding Rotten Tomatoes score of 91%. Viewers, too, have liked the show to a considerable extent, and it has a good overall rating of 7.6/10 on IMDb, after nearly 35,000 votes.

The Magicians Season 5 Release Date: When is it coming?

Season 4 of ‘The Magicians’ premiered on January 23, 2019, and if that wasn’t good enough news for fans, Syfy, a day before the premiere, announced that it had renewed ‘The Magicians’ for its fifth season.

Making the announcement, show co-runners Sera Gamble and John McNamara told Variety, “We couldn’t be happier or more excited to conjure another year of magic and all it entails — love, hate, loyalty, betrayal, sex, foul language, drugs, battling gods, monsters and the most dangerous enemies of all: other human beings. We have the best writers, producers, directors, cast and crew in the charted multiverse. Here’s how strongly we believe this: anyone who tries to poach a single one of them will be cursed. And we have the voodoo dolls to do it.”

Syfy, however, has not yet announced a release date for Season 5 of ‘The Magicians’. Yet, if we go by the release dates of the earlier seasons, Season 5, in all likelihood, will be released in January 2020. Once Syfy announces the exact release date, we’ll update this section to reflect the same.

The Magicians Trailer:

Assuming that Season 5 of ‘The Magicians’ will be released in January 2020, we cannot expect to see a trailer before November or December 2019. While we wait, here is the trailer for Season 4 to give you a glimpse into the show’s magical world, and the story thus far.

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