When it comes to kid shows adapted for adult audiences, Fate: The Winx Saga managed to hit the mark on several fronts. Based on Iginio Straffi’s animated series, Winx Club, Season 1 introduced us to the enchanting Otherworld, Alfea College for Fairies, and the menacing Burned Ones, which contributed to its popularity.
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Following a somewhat lackluster first season, the second season made amends by bringing in fast-paced action and high-stakes threats. With headmistress Farah Dowling (Eve Best) stepping aside, Rosalind (Miranda Richardson) taking charge, and the promise of fresh challenges on the horizon, it’s safe to say the first season left us on an undeniably suspenseful note. We had to wait with bated breath for a while, but the second season certainly provided answers to a host of questions.
Reflecting on it fondly, Season 1 undeniably featured some exceptional performances, and Season 2 didn’t hold back either. However, as we look ahead to the new animated series, there’s a growing pile of questions. Will the upcoming Winx projects bring back the familiar faces we’ve grown attached to, admired, and sometimes even disliked? Or are we in for something of a fresh start?
At this juncture, it’s evident that we won’t be returning to the same old Alfea with all its mystifying magic, intriguing mysteries, and budding romances. As you prepare for the new projects, it’s worth considering the cast that brought the Otherworld to life in Season 2.
Abigail Cowen as Bloom
Abigail Cowen takes on the role of Bloom, and in Season 2, she finds herself teetering on the edge of discovering even more about her extraordinary powers, and trust me, she does just that (and then some). Whenever there’s drama or conflict brewing, you can almost bet that Bloom is somehow involved. But, to be fair, she doesn’t actively seek it out ― it’s just the natural consequence of being the central character.
When we last saw her, Bloom had tapped into the ancient, fiery magic burning within her, and what unfolded was beyond her wildest expectations. With her journey extending into the realm of darkness, it’s evident that her story is far from reaching its conclusion.
Abigail Cowen is no stranger to the acting scene. You might recognize her from her roles as Dorcas in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Ricochet in The Power Couple, and Vicki Charmichael in Stranger Things.
Precious Mustapha as Aisha
Part of Bloom’s close-knit circle of friends and a gifted water fairy, Aisha returned to the spotlight in Season 2, with significantly more screen time than she had in Season 1.
Aisha’s character is defined by her unwavering determination and strong work ethic, especially considering that magic doesn’t come naturally to her. She demonstrated her mettle as a formidable adversary against the Burned Ones in Season 1, with that impressive water hurricane. And in Season 2, alongside her more powerful feats, we got to witness a softer, more affectionate side of this water fairy.
You might recognize Precious Mustapha from her role in the 2020 miniseries, The Stranger, and she’s set to portray Marissa in the upcoming Prime Video series, The Power.
Elisha Applebaum As Musa
For those familiar with the animated series, you’ll notice that Musa’s character has a bit of a twist in the TV adaptation. She still retains her introverted nature with a touch of sarcasm, but she’s portrayed as more endearing in this rendition. The key difference? Instead of being a fairy of music, she’s depicted as a mind fairy who constantly grapples with the emotions of those around her.
In Season 2, we witness her journey of self-discovery, one that diverges from her magic’s usual complexities.
It’s safe to say that Season 2 brought significant development for Musa, allowing her character to truly shine. And if you’re wondering where you might have seen Elisha Applebaum before, she has appeared in short films such as Black Swan Theory and Better Get Better.
Eliot Salt as Terra
It was a bit of a surprise when Terra made her appearance in the TV series instead of Flora. However, she certainly proved herself and rightfully earned her spot within the core group. Terra is an earth fairy with a deep passion for herbology, and she wields the remarkable power of chlorokinesis.
Despite her considerable fairy abilities, Terra often displays moments of insecurity and self-doubt. The new season provided her with an opportunity to truly come into her own and embrace every facet of her complex personality.
Eliot Salt has also made appearances in other TV shows like Intelligence and the miniseries Normal People, among several others.
Hannah Van Der Westhuysen as Stella
Stella, the heir to the Solarian throne and bearer of the Gateway Ring, is far from being a one-dimensional royal character. Beyond her short-tempered and somewhat snobbish exterior, lies a fairy who’s constantly striving to meet her mother’s impossibly high standards.
Stella’s unique photokinesis powers, fueled by her ability to tap into her negative emotions, often teeter on the edge of being both dangerous and unpredictable. It’s safe to say that she didn’t exactly have the best relationship with… well, anyone until the final battle against the Burned Ones. Season 2 provides a deeper look into the personality of this tormented royal, and, dare we say, we found it rather intriguing.
Hannah Van Der Westhuysen has also made appearances in an episode of another Netflix series, The Sandman, and is set to have a role in the upcoming biopic Lamborghini: The Man Behind the Legend.
Sadie Soverall As Beatrix
Meet Beatrix, the designated bad girl and double agent who made a return in Season 2. As she demonstrated in the first season, she’s not your run-of-the-mill bad girl. While she may lack a moral compass, she more than compensates with her keen intellect, sharp wit, and exceptional skills as an air fairy.
In the second season, we got to peel away the layers of her complex character, and surprisingly, she even emerged as somewhat of a heroine.
Sadie Soverall, who’s relatively new to the industry, made her movie debut in the 2019 film Rose Plays Julie.
Danny Griffin as Sky
Let’s talk about Danny Griffin, who continues to inhabit the role of Sky in Season 2. For those who tuned in for the first season, it’s evident that Sky is more than just a loyal soldier. While his loyalty is commendable, it can also be his Achilles’ heel. Sky has a tendency to make impulsive decisions when it comes to the people he cares about.
In Season 2, we had the opportunity to delve deeper into Sky’s character, revealing a side of him that goes beyond being the typical ‘yes-man’ he’s often seen as.
In addition to his role in Fate: The Winx Saga, Danny Griffin also secured a recurring role in the TV series Get Even. You might also recognize him as Aslan in The Gentleman.
Brandon Grace as Grey
Now, let’s talk about a fresh addition to the cast who made quite an impression – Brandon Grace, who stepped into the role of Grey. Grey brought an air of mystery to the show, and his character came with a tantalizing secret. The sparks between this enigmatic newcomer and Aisha certainly added a layer of romance to the series in Season 2.
It’s worth noting that Brandon Grace is not just new to the series; this marks his onscreen debut in the world of acting.
Paulina Chávez As Flora
Fans of the Winx Club were left wanting when Flora was absent from the first season’s cast. However, Season 2 made amends by introducing Paulina Chávez as Flora, who also happens to be Terra’s cousin and an earth fairy. Flora may appear easy-going on the surface, but as the season unfolds, you’ll discover there’s more to her character than meets the eye.
If you’ve been keeping an eye on your screen, you might recognize Paulina Chávez. She took on the titular character in the TV series, The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia, and is set to play Daniela Torres in the upcoming movie, Mustang Miracle.
Freddie Thorp as Riven
Freddie Thorp reprises his role as Riven, a close friend of Sky and entangled in a complicated relationship with Beatrix. On the surface, Riven comes across as mischievous, cheeky, and occasionally a bit of a bully. However, beneath that exterior lies a complex web of concealed emotions, held together by a sense of pride.
While Riven may not exhibit the same unwavering loyalty as Sky, he genuinely cares for those who can see past his facade.
You might recognize Freddie Thorp from his recurring role in the miniseries, Safe, or his appearance in The Head Hunter as Terry Medina.
Miranda Richardson as Rosalind
In Season 1, Lesley Sharp skillfully portrayed the character of Rosalind. However, in Season 2, we were introduced to a completely different portrayal by Miranda Richardson, who took on the role of the powerful fairy with remarkable precision.
Rosalind’s moral compass has always been a bit of a mystery. From saving Bloom as a baby to ordering the annihilation of Aster Dell and her constant manipulation of others, it’s hard to pin down her true intentions. While she did prove to be a valuable asset in the impending battle, armed with information that most fairies didn’t possess, her methods often blurred the lines of ethics.
Miranda Richardson is no stranger to the big and small screen. You may recognize her from her role as Rita Skeeter in the Harry Potter series, or her appearance in the movie “Fred Claus” as Annette Claus.
What’s Next for the Show?
Following its well-received second season, the unexpected news of its cancellation left fans surprised. However, there’s still a glimmer of hope. Iginio Straffi has hinted at an upcoming animated series, though the specifics are still being worked out. The big question on fans’ minds is which of their beloved cast members will make a return to our screens.