The Magicians: A Brief History and Wonder Con 2017 Appearance

The Magicians: A Brief History and Wonder Con 2017 Appearance

Here at the Fairy Tale site we focus on – naturally – all things fairy tale related and one show that has plenty of the characteristics of a fairy tale is the Syfy series The Magicians, which is now nearing the completion of its second season.

Here is a brief history of the show:

• The TV series is based on the fantasy novel of the same name by Lev Grossman about a teenager from Brooklyn, who discovers that the magical world on which he’s read in books is, in fact, real.
Jason Ralph plays Quentin Coldwater, a graduate student who learns about and enrolls at Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy, where he trains to become a magician. He also learns that his favorite book series Fillory and Further is based in truth and poses a danger to the world.
Stella Meave plays his childhood friend, Julia Wicker, an Ivy League student who is not admitted to Brakebills and is later recruited by a secret magical society, which leads her to meeting a twisted demi-God; an introduction that changes her forever.
Olivia Taylor Dudley plays Alice Quinn, a gifted magician at Brakebills, who becomes Quentin’s love interest. She sacrificed her life this season in attempting to stop The Beast [the “Big Bad” in the world of The Magicians].
Hale Appleman plays Eliot Waugh, a fellow student at Brakebills, who becomes an unlikely friend to Quentin; and in season two the High King of Fillory (the world featured in Quentin’s favorite books), who is forced to marry a Fillory resident and not permitted to return to Earth after taking the throne.
Arjun Gupta plays Penny Adiyodi, who was Quentin’s roommate at Brakebills, and another unlikely friend, who upsets a powerful being in Fillory, who hacks his powers.
Summer Bishil plays Margo Hanson, who is Eliot’s right-hand woman and powerful magician, who ends up as the High Queen of Fillory along with Eliot.

This past weekend at Wonder Con 2017 Jason Ralph and Stella Maeve as well as executive producers John McNamara and Sera Gamble took part in a panel focusing on the second season of the show, talking about what it has been like filming in the beautiful, colorful yet deadly world of Fillory and all of its human and non-human “residents,” dealing with the aforementioned twisted demi-God and coming to terms with the tragedies that have transpired so far this season.

Have you been watching The Magicians since the pilot episode or did you start watching this season? What do you like the most about the show? Please share your thoughts in our comments section below. The Magicians airs on Wednesday nights on Syfy at 9/8c.

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Using her favorite online handle, Rueben is an East Coast-bred gal who is now a permanent Californian and a lifelong tv-oholic. She watches at least 25 TV shows a week, goes to the movies as often as possible, listens to music every waking moment, reads every day and “plays” on the internet every chance she can. Some of her current favorite TV shows are Outlander, Arrow, Grimm, The Blacklist, Teen Wolf, Killjoys, Dark Matter, The Shannara Chronicles, Good Witch, When Calls the Heart, The 100, Switched at Birth, Jane the Virgin, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Flash and The Fosters (among others). She is looking forward to the limited-run returns of Prison Break and 24: Legacy as well as the debuts of Emerald City and Midnight, Texas. Follow her at @ruebenrambling or contact her at

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