The Magicians returned for a hotly anticipated third season last night on SYFY by kicking things off in style. Meanwhile, we recently sat down with the High-King and Queen of Fillory, stars Hale Appleman (Eliot) and Summer Bishil (Margo), for a look ahead at the 13-episode season.
SYFY WIRE's Jackie Jennings was on hand to ask all the hard-hitting questions about showrunners Sera Gamble and John McNamara's fantasy series based on writer Lev Grossman's bestselling novels.
The questions start off with a more serious slant (except for what Bishil would have liked to have said to the Fairy Queen), but they also include inquiries about Margo's "floating" eye patches and awesome costumes, hair issues, who's got the best love story on the show, what would their characters' social media handles be, their favorite one-liners and more.
When asked how desperate everyone was this season on a scale of one to very desperate, Appleman answered "so desperate that there's no time to stop and actually handle our issues with each other. There's no Eliot and Margo powwow about what happened and why our friendship has fractured in different ways. It's more about 'okay, what do we do now to solve the problem at hand: The Fairies, the Key Quest, restoring magic.' That’s kind of all we really have time for at the moment."
Meanwhile, Margo's left holding down the fort at Fillory since Eliot is going on a quest, which leads to a welcome growth for her character.
"I think it's something she's definitely ready for," Bishil told us. "Margo sort of expands and sort of grows into her role as a ruler and becomes much more of a mindful, thoughtful ruler than she was at the end of Season 2. She was espousing some pretty fanatic ideas of ruling. I wouldn’t say Margo's not a big fan of democracy, I just think she understands that they're in a world that's lacking the comprehension to understand democracy and she knows she's in a fanatic world and that she should rule in terms that they are able to comprehend. However, this year I think she does carve out a more tolerant way of ruling and it's a really great journey that she embarks on."
What did you think of The Magicians’ Season 3 premiere? The show airs on Wednesdays at 9PM ET on SYFY.
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.