The Magicians might have first been billed as a grown-up Harry Potter but over the course of four seasons, the show has elevated itself beyond J.K. Rowling’s decidedly rosier portrait of hidden magical worlds.
For one, there are no wands to be found, but there are plenty of orgies to keep you entertained. There’s also the kind of character development prestige shows on HBO would kill for, hard-partying Gods, peacock-human hybrids that send characters on magical quests, and black Santa. But one of the biggest draws of this show is a character named Margo.
Margo (Summer Bishil) is a kickass magician who was also recently elected as High King of Fillory, which means she basically rules over a magical universe all by her damn self. She’s sassy and sarcastic, she’s not afraid to behead people that get in her way, and, oh yeah, she can rock the hell out of an eyepatch.
In season two, with magic gone and Fillory at war with fairies, Margo lost an eye in an attempt to make right a wrong — she sacrificed her bestie’s unborn child for her kingdom, as one does. For most, losing such a vital organ would be devastating. For Margo, it was an opportunity to accessorize. Thus, began a unique period in the show’s history I like to call the “Eyepatch Era.”
Here she is sporting an intricately carved eye coverlet while threatening to go full Britney Spears circa ’07.