Magnus is also mourning the loss of his magic and finds himself in a new position - having to rely on others for help. First though, I have to say these two characters work really well together. This is a minor gripe though, as the changing nature of each episode has kept things fresh and given us new elements that will no doubt prove to be great strengths in the future; Fen, Harriet, and Poppy for example, have all been brilliant additions to the main action. She lifts said dagger with ease, much to the surprise of Alice 23. She was the only one who cared about the animals of Fillory, and it turns out there are many more animals than humans. With the loss of Clary after Lilith's apartment exploded, Alec, Isabelle and Jace try to come to terms with what has happened.
There, amidst an unorthdox education of spellcasting, a group of twenty-something friends soon discover that a magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real - and poses grave danger to humanity. At Brakebills, Kady Jade Tailor has to face the fact that her Penny might never come back from the Underworld. It was an impossible decision, the world or his dad, but Q made the selfless choice. The heroes track down Alice-23, the only other surviving quester, and find her working for the bunnies in a crazy state. Meanwhile, Maia tries to help a devastated Simon who has lost his family and his best friend. Marina Kacey Rohl springs forth from the shadows, to my absolute joy. Once marginalised, at least in time loop 40, she now will no doubt take on more the role she appears to have had in other time loops.
The recap is supported by a board with a picture of every important player in the story, and the pictures are linked with threads if the characters have hooked up or tried to kill each other. Their ghosts haunt the school library. They were fighting the Beast at the time, and the loops served as second chances every time our heroes were killed. Alice 23 boldly reveals herself to Q, and divulges her hope that perhaps he can be saved. It could quite easily have become a cheap solution to a storytelling problem, but I think it is used in an interesting way, that is quite satisfying, especially for the long term viewer. Penny spies on this conversation and reports everything back to the other questers. Magical things are bound to happen, without a doubt.
Yes, Quentin morphed into The Beast in this timeline. Alice 23 dies on the spot. Julia casts the Rhinemann Ultra but to no avail. Josh and Josh have some quality time telling each other childhood stories and then comparing how things went differently. Join me next week as I recap The Magicians, here on Geek Girl Authority. Instead, the Josh from said timeline makes his triumphant appearance, looking very much like the cool guy dressed in black. However, Julia uses her magic to relinquish their bonds and prove her worth as a formidable ally.
Perhaps to let him live in this pitiful existence is worse anyway. Now, Fogg is still a heavy drinker in this timeline. In Fillory, Eliot and Margo decide to use their knowledge of earth politics to win back their throne. As ever, the writers have successfully spiced things up, and in a way that enthrals. Oh, and Penny 23 and Julia also join in on the trip home.
But they all died in every possible scenario. Apparently, Julia and Penny 23 were soulmates in this timeline. Well, that explains the hot kiss. It appears to have been ransacked. It was beautiful to see them come to that conclusion. But will getting hooked on the thrill of magic distract them from honing their powers when they need them most? Do you think our magicians will use Penny 23 as a vessel for the real Penny, considering his body was burned? Will Penny get stuck in the Underworld if he eats that cake for instance? And the apprentice has succeeded the master! Suddenly, a distraught and bloody Eliot 23 reappears some time later, clutching a piece of paper containing the Rhinemann Ultra spell. They are compassionate instead, and choose not to kill him.
Next, a familiar face reappears alongside Josh 23. Josh 23 is elated to see them. Of course, they ended their journey on a successful note by snagging the seventh golden key vital to the restoration of all magic. Julia snatches her Shade back, and Q eagerly gives her the seventh key from round his neck. Since he was initially slaughtered by Martin Chatwin, Alice 23 found a way to resurrect him…but with a cost.
However, Julia is very much anti-bait in this scenario. He uses the god-killing dagger on himself, and slips away from the world, dying next to the woman he loved. So much murder and mayhem! But unknown to everyone, Clary is alive and finds herself in a new and dangerous predicament. So, as we head into the last couple of episodes of the season, it appears there is going to be a power shift across most of the realms, and with the injection of some old characters come back to life, there may be much that becomes unsettled. Kady probably never went to Brakebills in this timeline and Penny never knew her but fell in love with Julia instead. Marina and Josh-23 take our heroes hostage and plan to use them as bait for the Beast. Eliot Hale Appleman and Margot Summer Bishil for instance are very much still in their Season 1 incarnations, and they play this up well, highlighting how much the characters have changed.