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Fate: The Winx Saga Season 3 Renewal Status Release Date, Cast, plot and More
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Why Fate: The Winx Saga was canceled
“This is extremely difficult for me because I know how much you enjoyed this season.”
Fate appears to have been unkind to the fantasy drama Fate: The Winx Saga… After two great seasons and a dedicated fan base, Netflix confirmed on November 1 that the sitcom would not return for a third season.
Fate: The Winx Saga, which was inspired by the beloved Nickelodeon animated series The Winx Club (which ran for eight seasons and had over 200 episodes), was canceled just a few months after season two premiered, despite becoming the number one series on Netflix within the first two days of its release.
So, why did Netflix decide to end Bloom and her pals’ magical tale? And what if season three never happened?
Here’s all you need to know about the cancellation of Fate: The Winx Saga, as well as what it means for Winx fans looking for more magical stories in the future.
Fate: The Winx Saga was canceled on November 1, 2022, according to showrunner Brian Young, who previously worked on The Vampire Diaries.
“Well this is not fun news to report, but Netflix has decided not to continue forward with season three of Fate: The Winx Saga,” he posted on Instagram. This is especially difficult because I know how much you enjoyed this season.
“It’s a heartbreaking silver lining, but it’s still a silver lining.” I’m extremely proud of everyone who worked on the program and grateful for the opportunity to tell the tales we did.”
Following his statement, cast members flocked to social media to bid farewell to the series. “As you may know, Fate will not be returning for a third season,” Elisha Applebaum, who played the mind fairy Musa, announced on Instagram.
“I just wanted to offer a massive thank you to everyone who worked on Fate: The Winx Saga, from pre-production to post-production.
“I am so thankful to have been trusted with such a delightful character as Musa and to have been allowed to share your screens at home with such a lovely ensemble, whom I am proud to call my fairy family.”
“I couldn’t have asked for a better four years than this show has taught me.” Thank you for the wonderful memories. We are grateful to the fans who have followed the show’s journey with such love and excitement. “Remain magical.”
Netflix has not given an official reason for the cancellation, but as Variety observed, some producers believe that high viewership – which Fate certainly has – does not always imply that the streamer would renew a series.
Neil Gaiman tweeted in August that despite critical and ratings success, he was not certain that his show The Sandman would be renewed for a second season.
“Sandman is an extremely costly show,” he wrote. “And in order for Netflix to unlock the funds to allow us to make another season, we must perform exceptionally well. So yes, we’ve been the top program in the globe for the last two weeks. That might not be enough.”
(Fortunately, a recent Netflix news means Neil and the rest of us can relax since The Sandman has been renewed for a second season. Phew).
And Rachel Shukert, the creator of The Babysitters Club, was perplexed when Netflix dropped her beloved show in March.
“I’m not sure what they wanted that they didn’t receive,” she explained to Vulture. “Netflix’s internal numbers appear to fluctuate from month to month. Something that was fine three months ago is now no longer what they require.”
Fate: The Winx Saga would probably not have been the cheapest show to make. Though the series was shot on location in Ireland, the mystical plot necessitated the use of several special effects, which can be rather costly.
Visual effects supervisor for season two, David Houghton, spoke to Cosmopolitan about the costs, explaining: “There are monsters, there are settings and environments, there are all the magical things as well. There are several variables to consider, as well as various forms of visual effects to break down and figure out.”
Not to mention that the characters in Fate had wings that needed to be highlighted as well.
“Their wings are more than simply wings,” Houghton explained. “They have to fly, and then at the conclusion of it, they utilize their magical powers to blast the villain, who also has a magical effect all over his body.
“There were all those different aspects in a scene that we had to shoot on a set in two or three days and then add green screen elements on top of that.”
Houghton noted that VFX shots for series such as Fate: The Winx Saga can go from £500 to £20,000 per shot. “The ultimate struggle between the fairies and Sebastian was Fate’s most perplexing scenario. Individual shots at the higher end of this scale would have resulted.”
The fairies must have been quite expensive.
Furthermore, recently revealed franchise intentions may have influenced Netflix’s decision as well…
Will there be a Fate: The Winx Saga spinoff or movie?
Despite the fact that season two ended on a cliffhanger, with fates to be resolved and mysteries left unexplained, there are currently no plans for Netflix’s Fate: The Winx Saga to return, either as a new season or a spin-off movie.
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In the series finale, fire fairy Bloom (Abigail Cowan) said a tearful farewell to her boyfriend Sky (Danny Griffin) before sealing the Realm of Darkness from within. In an unexpected twist, she learned her mother was still alive and trapped in the realm with her.
When the show was canceled, Brian Young suggested a potential third season to Entertainment Weekly, saying: “We knew from the beginning that we wanted Bloom to meet her mother. We wanted to make sure that we answered some of the audience’s questions while still leaving them wanting more, with additional places to go in season three.”
He went on to say that one of the ideas for season three was to delve deeper into the Realm of Darkness: “The goal is to find out what the Realm of Darkness is. How are Bloom and her mother involved? Additionally, how it relates to our larger general mythology, which we touched on briefly in season two.”
Young’s ambitions have now been derailed as a result of the series cancellation. There is always the possibility that Netflix will return to the series at a later date, but then the performers — all in their twenties but playing teenagers – will have aged too much to play the parts.
But, there is still hope for the Winx Saga. Two days after Netflix announced the termination, Fate franchise creator Iginio Straffi revealed news of his own on Instagram, alleging that Netflix’s decision was “for a deeper cause”.
“Fate has been a thrilling adventure, a fantastic achievement, and a global hit, re-confirming the power of the Winx world,” Straffi wrote on Thursday, November 3rd. “In the near future, I will be working on many fascinating Winx projects, some of which I am very excited to share with you.”
The first major project is a “reboot of the brand new CG Winx cartoon series.” Without delving into specifics, Straffi claims that the new show will “transport you back to the Winx Club.”
The second major announcement is that a “large-budget Winx movie,” a “long-time fantasy” of Staffi’s, is also in the works. Is it going to be live-action or animated? He didn’t say anything.
“I am working hard in the hopes of bringing you a top-quality movie where you can experience the Winx universe, embracing once again all the essential qualities of what this legendary brand has meant for you,” he continued. “Believing in yourself, empowering, realizing true friendship, remembering the laugh-out-loud moments, and, of course, relishing the shining transformation times.”
So how about expanding on Netflix’s take on Fate? A spin-off is one possibility, and there is already a tale that may be developed for the film.
Sarah Reese Brennan, who created a novelization of the first season, recently published Lighting The Fire, her second Winx Saga book, which includes an original story set before the events of the first season.
While the prequel novel includes characters such as Stella, Sky, Riven, and Terra, it is set before the events of the series and might have a younger, new cast if it is ever made into a film.
And passionate fans are determined that the show will not be forgotten. According to the Daily Express, within days of the show’s termination, more than 22,000 fans signed a petition urging Netflix to reconsider the series.
While similar petitions have not been successful — one for the cult sci-fi drama series The OA, for example, did not help resurrect the program – there is always hope in the power of fandom.
After taking over the Fox fantasy series Lucifer, Netflix chose to kill it after a fifth season – but after a fan petition and campaign, they changed their minds and renewed the series for a final sixth season, giving fans a happy ending.
Fans of Fate: The Winx Saga will hopefully be just as fortunate one day.
Fate: The Winx Saga Season 3 Release Date
We had thought that new episodes might arrive in late 2023 or early 2024, but unless a fan petition saves the day, it appears that there will be no new episodes at all today, following Netflix’s sudden cancellation.
Fate: The Winx Saga Season 3 Cast
If the program had been renewed, we would have expected the following fairies to return:
- Abigail Cowen (Bloom)
- Hannah van der Westhuysen (Stella)
- Precious Mustapha (Aisha)
- Eliot Salt (Terra)
- Elisha Applebaum (Musa)
- Paulina Chávez (Flora)
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Then there are the specialists who have been fighting with them in the good battle.
- Robert James-Collier (Saul Silva)
• Danny Griffin (Sky)
• Freddie Thorp (Riven)
• Leah Minto (Kat)
Back when season three was still in the works, it appeared that Alfea would find a new headmaster/mistress after the deaths of the previous two.
“That’s going to be the mystery of season three,” showrunner Brian Young told TVLine before the cancellation was announced. “That will be a wonderful piece of casting for us to have. Silva is still around, but he is a specialist, and we most likely require a fairy for our fairy school. Moving forward, that will be a question mark for us.”
Fate: The Winx Saga season 3 trailer:
Short of casting a time spell, something tells us we won’t be seeing any new video for a while. This is particularly true now that Fate: The Winx Saga has been canceled. But if the show’s fortunes change, we’ll be the first to tell you about any new material.