Where Does ‘The Magicians’ Go Now? Unpacking Heartbreaking Loss & Our Own Minor Mending

Collider | 4/18/2019 | Haleigh Foutch
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Be warned there are MASSIVE SPOILERS for The Magicians Season 4 finale. If you haven’t watched it, turn back now.



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Ok, first thing’s first. Let’s all take some deep breaths and a moment to group hug this one out, and maybe break into a little mournful musical number, because holy ****. Quentin Coldwater is dead. Really dead. As in, Jason Ralph is leaving the show dead. After four seasons of extraordinary work, imbuing Quentin with pathos, charm, and layers well-beyond the trope of the handsome-but-troubled hero, Ralph said goodbye to The Magicians with a stunning sendoff in the Season 4 finale, ‘No Better to Be Safe than Sorry.” It’s a farewell that’s as beautiful as it is sorrowful, affirming the value of his life while grieving the tragedy of his passing, and signaling a new beginning for the series while honoring the past that brought us here.

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Syfy already renewed The Magicians for Season 5, so if you’re worried that game-changing episode felt a bit too much like a series finale, fret not. The Magicians will return, it will just be very different from the series we knew before. We’re now living in a post-Quentin Coldwater world. So what does that mean for the show? What does The Magicians become without the boy who loved Fillory more than anyone? Whose story is it, if it’s not Quentin Coldwater’s?

The truth is, the series has been leading us here for a long time, both in its textual self-examination and unwavering commitment to plumbing the depths of human suffering. But The Magicians doesn’t do tragedy porn, and if its track record is any indication, the series will build from the pain of Quentin’s passing and make something remarkable out of it.

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