Fans of the kids' cartoon The Winx Club have been looking forward to Netflix's live-action, grown-up version of the series since it was announced. But the series that arrived was darker than anyone could have imagined. Moreover, the Season 1 finale's cliffhanger left fans on the edge of their seats. Now, viewers need to know: Will Netflix's Fate: The Winx Saga get a Season 2?
Warning: Spoilers for Fate: The Winx Saga Season 1 follow. Like the original cartoon, Fate: The Winx Saga centers around Bloom, a California girl who learns at the start of the series that she's not human but a fairy. In fact, she is a Changeling, a child of fairy parents left in the place of a human child. Such a discovery at age 16 would be enough to drive anyone to a therapist (human or magical). Instead, Bloom goes off to a magical school, Alfea, where she and her fellow fairies learn how to use their powers under headmistress Farah Dowling.
But Bloom's story, it turns out, is even more complicated than it first seems. She's a fire fairy, and her abilities are far more potent than your average magical being. Basically, she can defeat "the Burned Ones" (aka, the fairy version of zombies).
Although Burned Ones haven't been seen for years before the events of Season 1, the former headmistress of Alfea, Rosalind, knows they will return. Farah has locked away Rosalind for years due to crimes she committed, including the apparent genocide of Bloom's hometown. But what neither Farah nor Bloom knows is Rosalind hid Bloom with her human family to ensure the girl grew up safely away from anyone who might harm her (at least, that's what she tells Bloom). It is also hinted that Bloom's abilities will be needed to fight an even more significant threat that viewers haven't seen yet.
But Bloom doesn't want to be a soldier. She's an intellectual, someone who pursues knowledge for its own sake, not as a weapon. Moreover, Rosalind is a complicated figure who has been doing evil things in the name of the ends justifying the means.
When Season 1 ends, Bloom and her friends return from a trip to California to discover Rosalind has staged a coup at Alfea. She's taken over the school and is turning it into a military academy to prepare for war. Will Bloom become a good little soldier at the new school? Or will Rosalind's ruthless ways doom her plan, as Bloom and her friends fight back?
Netflix has not yet revealed whether Fate: The Winx Saga will get a second season. The streamer is not in the habit of canceling shows after only one go-round, but some one-season wonders (like Teenage Bounty Hunters and Tuca & Bernie) have gotten the hook early. It remains to be seen if Winx Club fans turned out in force enough for the new series to get renewed.