Fate: The Winx Saga is a teen series based on the Nickelodeon Winx Club animated series created by Iginio Straffi. It is produced by Archery Pictures in association with Rainbow Studios, co-owned by Iginio Straffi and Paramount Global. Developed by Brian Young, who also serves as showrunner and executive producer, it stars Abigail Cowen, Hannah van der Westhuysen, Precious Mustapha, Eliot Salt, and Elisha Applebaum.
Iginio Straffi first proposed a live-action version of Winx Club in 2011 after Viacom, the owner of Nickelodeon, became a co-owner of his studio and began financing his projects. Prior to being approved for series production, Straffi gained live-action television experience working as a producer for Nickelodeon’s Club 57. Fate eventually began filming in September 2019 in Ireland.
Early in production, American Nickelodeon crew members from the animated film, including Bloom’s voice actress Molly Quinn, met with the Fate production team and reviewed the pilot script. Rainbow’s Joanne Lee also oversaw the show as executive producer. Apart from them, the team behind Fate is brand new to the Winx franchise, and the writers have been recruited from teen dramas like The Vampire Diaries.
The series features a cast based on characters from the animated show, with Abigail Cowen starring as Bloom. The six-episode first season debuted on Netflix on January 22, 2021, to mixed reviews. In February 2021, the series was renewed for a second season. Released on September 16, 2022.
Fate: The Winx Saga Season 2: Synopsis
Fairies of Destiny: The Winx Saga may be powerful, but the abilities and individual fairies have their limits. However, by stealing the power of several fairies, Sebastian is able to open a portal that leads to the Realm of Darkness. It appears to be a place of great danger, inhabited by monstrous beings that would be a worse threat to Alfea than even the Burnt Ones we saw in Fate: The Winx Saga Season 2.
There are hints that the Realm of Darkness may be some kind of magical netherworld, as Sebastian believes he can combine the power of the Dragon Flame with the Realm of Darkness’s own magic to resurrect everyone who was killed in Aster Dell.
The portal to the Realm of Darkness can only be closed from the other side, forcing Bloom to go through it and rescue Alfea using the Dragon Flame. Visually, the design of the Empire of Darkness is clearly inspired by the Empire of the Dark Elves from the Winx Club comics. The terrain is rough and rugged, and the only structure Bloom sees is made of jagged rock. If the Realm of Darkness is indeed influenced by the Dark Elf Realm, then Bloom will discover that it has its own inhabitants – and they are very hostile indeed.
However, Bloom has an ulterior motive for entering the Realm of Darkness. He experiences mysterious visions of a woman living in this Realm; it is likely that these visions began the moment Sebastian opened the portal. Bloom believes that these visions are of her mother, and it is certainly possible; even though fairies are not immortal, her mother may well have lived for millennia due to the unique properties of the Realm of Darkness. She’s in chains, maybe that means she was bait in a trap.
Bloom’s story is obviously very different from the Winx Club animated series and also combines ideas from the comics. There, the Dark Elves were shown to be capable of erasing the memories of anyone who strayed into their realm. Assuming the woman Bloom meets in the Realm of Darkness is indeed her mother, she could have had all her memories of her daughter erased. An interesting question is whether Bloom’s mother still wields the Dragon Flame, making her equal to Bloom, or whether it is passed down at the birth of her daughter. The latter seems more likely.
Fate: The Winx Saga Season 2 shows three of Bloom’s friends using their greatest power, a magic that was thought to be lost, to transform into what the animated series called their “Winx forms”. This follows Winx Club tradition; the characters of Fate: The Winx Saga are limited in human form and must transform into winged fairies to access their higher-level powers.
Bloom unleashed her Winx form in Fate: The Winx Saga Season 2, and her three friends do the same in Season 2, with their magic overpowering Sebastian’s. This transformation seems to be possible only when the fairy invests all her emotions, positive and negative, and draws them to her. Bloom’s presence clearly revived learning that had long been forgotten.
Fate: The Winx Saga Season 2 Ending, Explained: What Happened At The End of The Season?
Most of the fairies accept their magic, but Destiny: The Winx Saga Season 2 sees one, Musa, choose a different path. Musa, a mind fairy, always struggled to deal with her psychic powers and desperately wished she could block the thoughts of those around her. She finally came to the conclusion that the mind fairy’s powers were more of a curse than a blessing and decided to have her magic limited. Instead, she chose to train with the specialists under Fate: The Winx Saga’s Silva. Musa has already proven that she is more than capable without her powers.
Unfortunately, the final scenes of Fate: The Winx Saga reveal that a new monster has been unleashed on Alfeo. This creature seems to correspond to Darkar, the main villain in Winx Club season 2. Also known as the Prince of Darkness or the Shadow Phoenix, the power Darkar wields is the opposite of Bloom’s Dragon Fire.
It is possible that he slipped through the portal from the Realm of Darkness before it was closed. Alternatively, since Darkar has always been portrayed as the polar opposite of Bloom, he could also naturally be transferred to Alfea simply because she stepped into his place of greatest power. Fate: Season 3 of the Winx Saga looks set to feature the most dangerous evil yet.
The world of Fate: The Winx Saga has changed significantly since Season 1 and many of the main characters have died by the end of Season 2. Rosalind is of course the most prominent; an original character, she took over the school in Alfea and tried to become Bloom’s mentor.
Rosalind’s murder of Dowling was always revealed sooner or later, and unfortunately for the dark fairy, it was discovered while Bloom was trying to control the Dragonflame. She died shortly after she trusted lieutenant Andreas, who was killed because he could not be freed from the Blood Witches.
Beatrix’s story also ended in tragedy. Often compared to Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter series, Beatrix tried to play both sides against the other. Eventually forced to choose a side, she interfered with Sebastian’s plan and stopped him from absorbing the power of the Dragon Flame.
Beatrix never truly believed she belonged, yet her death played a pivotal role in Stella’s journey, causing heartbreak and grief that helped Stella unlock her Winx form. Sebastian soon joined his victim and died as Bloom, Aisha, Stella, and Terra joined forces against him. Beatrix was buried in the cemetery, honored for her sacrifice, proving there is still the possibility of redemption in Fate: The Winx Saga.