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Fate: The Winx Saga Season 2 Release Date, Cast And Plot - What We Know So Far

Netflix subscribers have fallen in love with the streaming service's latest fantasy series, Fate: The Winx Saga, which is a more mature, live-action reimagining of the Italian-American animated kids series Winx Club. The six-episode first season from The Vampire Diaries' Brain Young debuted in late January and introduced us to five fairies who attend a magical school in the Otherworld.

The first season follows Bloom (Abigail Cowen), a fire fairy who grew up in the human world after being swapped out with a human child shortly after birth. With little to no control over her destructive powers — which caused a fire that left her adoptive mother badly scarred — Bloom enrolls at Alfea, a special school for fairies and non-magical students known as "specialists," after being recruited by its headmistress, Farah Dowling (Eve Best). Over the course of the first season, Bloom becomes more and more adept at using her fire powers until she's finally able to awaken an ancient power within her and use it to defeat an incoming attack by supernatural creatures known as Burned Ones.

While there was plenty going on in the first season of Fate: The Winx Saga, it felt more like a prologue to a larger and more in-depth adventure. Luckily, we're starting to learn more about what that adventure is. Here's everything we know about the Netflix show's second season.

What is the release date for Fate: The Winx Saga season 2?

In mid-February, less than one month after the show debuted, Netflix announced that Fate: The Winx Saga would return for a second season with a themed renewal announcement video. The new season will consist of eight one-hour episodes, up from six in season 1. However, we don't yet know when these new episodes will hit our TV screens, as there is no release date set. 

The good news is, we do have some information to help us make an educated guess about a premiere date. According to Netflix, the second season will go into production in Ireland this year. If that start date is sooner rather than later, it could mean that Bloom and her friends will be back some time around the end of the year. Given the effects-heavy nature of the show, though, it's probably more likely that the series will spend some time in post-production and therefore won't return until the first quarter of 2022. That is if COVID-19 doesn't delay production, of course.

Who is in Fate: The Winx Saga's second season?

Netflix has confirmed that a number of cast members will be reprising their roles in the second season of Fate: The Winx Saga. Abigail Cowen will return as Bloom, an extremely powerful fire fairy who only recently learned of and began to control her powers. Meanwhile, Hannah van der Westhuysen will return as Stella, a second-year student and fairy with the ability to control light; Precious Mustapha will be back as Aisha, an athletic water fairy who is Bloom's roommate; Eliot Salt will return as Terra, an earth fairy who grew up on the grounds of Alfea because her father teaches there; and Elisha Applebaum is returning as Musa, a mind fairy whose powers are connected to people's emotions.

Additional cast members will be announced in the future, but given the prominent role Danny Griffin's Sky played in the first season, and the fact his presumed-dead father Andreas, portrayed by Ken Duken, returned in the season 1 finale, we won't be surprised if both characters return in season 2. The same goes for Robert James-Collier as Saul Silva, is the fencing instructor at Alfea who acted as a father figure to Sky when everyone thought his dad was dead.

One season 1 cast member we likely won't see in season 2 is Eve Best, whose character Farah Dowling was the headmistress of Alfea. She was killed in the final moments of the season 1 finale by Rosalind, Alfea's former headmistress, who is portrayed by Lesley Sharp. Look for the latter woman to continue to cause problems in season 2 as well.

What is the plot of Fate: The Winx Saga season 2?

According to showrunner and executive producer Brian Young, the first season of Fate: The Winx Saga was just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. "The six episodes in season 1 only scratched the surface of this incredibly rich world and the powerful fairies who inhabit it," Young said in a statement announcing the show's renewal. "As Bloom's story continues to evolve, I can't wait for you to learn even more about Aisha, Stella, Terra, and Musa! And you never know who might show up at Alfea next term..."

Young's statement doesn't tell us much about season 2, but it does sound like we'll be introduced to some new characters when the show returns. However, the show's second season will obviously first have to deal with the fallout of the events of the first season finale, which found Rosalind, newly released from her prison after manipulating Bloom, back in charge of Alfea after murdering Dowling. There's also the matter of Andreas' return from the grave, which is shocking enough on its own, but becomes even more complicated by the revelation that he didn't "die" a war hero. Silva, believing Andreas was about to wipe out an entire city full of innocent people, killed him. However, he obviously didn't die that day. Instead, he was nursed back to health and lived in hiding, biding his time until he could safely return and assist Rosalind in whatever nefarious plans she has for Alfea and the fairies.

It's safe to say that the plot of season 2 of Fate: The Winx Saga is going to be quite complicated.