Have You Brought Me Little Cakes was one of the best and worst finales on television this year! Now, before you go biting my (not so) pretty little head off, allow me to explain. I do love a good cliffhanger, and especially one that leaves me hanging! However, this was the second week in a row that fans of an awesome television show were left wondering WTF just happened! The Sunday before the season finale of The Magicians, someone (possibly a fan favorite) had their head bashed in with a barbed wire baseball bat named Lucille on The Walking Dead!
I thought this finale was as bad as the one mentioned above, and a fellow fan of the show asked me if the cliffhanger was a “good” bad or a “bad” bad. Of course, I said I said it was a “good” bad, because it will keep us talking about it while we are waiting for the next season. I love and hate the idea of a cliffhanger, but at the same time there has to be some suspense right?!
Now, we have absolutely clue as to who received the “death by baseball bat”, because the screen faded to black, and that was after seeing blood run down someone’s face! You can imagine my pain when we were left with the image of a seemingly dead, Alice, Margo, and Eliot, with Penny staring at his severed hands! Quentin can only lay there helplessly looking on at all the carnage, and begging Julia not to make a deal with the devil, I mean The Beast! I thought that the only time they did not die (according to the probability spell) was when they all went to Fillory.
Well, so much for that theory, because obviously something changed, but it’s hard to guess what that something was. I guess the 40th time was not the charm! This review will most likely not have any structure to is whatsoever, because my thoughts are all over the place! I loved that the story was being told from Quentin’s point of view, as if he were writing a book. Voice-overs rarely work in a television show, because we (as the viewers) can see what they are doing, but in this case, it worked in the shows favor. I really loved Quentin’s episode titles, as it spoke of exactly how he feels at the moment!
I believe that Quentin, Julia, and the rest of our magicians (ones who read the book series anyway) had a certain image in their mind of Fillory, of Ember and Umber, and everything in between, that they seemed disappointed. It just proves that the vision or notions we have of fantasy characters and places we read about don’t really mesh within the reality of it all. I don’t blame Quentin for becoming disenchanted with Ember, I think there is a lesson to be learned here, and that is the fact that we should never put anyone up on a pedestal, not even a God!
I have yet to read the books series, because I was waiting for the season to be over before I dug into them, and it is really refreshing to NOT know what would happen. When it comes to TV adaptations of a book series, I have always had an idea of what would be coming my way, so this was quite a change for me. I find it like it much better, so I might wait to read the books, if I can that is! However, I did have some idea that Eliot would become the High King of Fillory, because I read an interview where Hale Appleman mentioned that he gets to be King of Fillory. I really spoiled myself there, but then thought maybe the show will change it up!
I think it will be good for Eliot to be King of Fillory, because it might take more than a healing spring to cure him of all his aches and pains. He seemed sort of eager to fulfill his role as husband and High King, and produce an heir. I believe it will do Eliot some good to be a father, and perhaps that was why there were two books on one Eliot Waugh in the Neitherlands library. I have had a real soft spot in my heart for this character from the beginning, because he seemed so tortured and lost, and I am not the only fan who has said that they just want to give him a really big hug! It is sad that it seems he can never leave Fillory, but maybe he can find true happiness there! They all have to be alive right?! RIGHT!
The actors in this episode were absolutely amazing, and each one of them knocked it out of the park. They were all killing it, and were on fire from beginning to end! You can tell that the actors are really close with one another, and the trust is there between the writers,producers, and the set and costume designers, because it shows on the televisions screen. Quentin spent the majority of the season with an inferiority complex, and acted as if he would never really fit in anywhere, and he sure grew up a lot in the last few episodes, though it was a gradual thing that happened. I love that fact that he never really let get of Fillory, and that, despite its flaws, he loved it anyway. It was very big of him to realize that he was not, and could not be the hero, not matter how much he wanted to be one.
When Julia was on her mission from the Free Traders to summon the Lady Underground, I thought it seemed to turn out smoothly, a little too smoothly in fact. When she told the story of what happened via flashback, it went by too fast, and in bits and pieces. I thought something is not quite right here! Since I have not read the series yet, I had no idea what was coming, so I am sure you can imagine me sitting in my recliner looking a little something like this.
When we finally saw what actually happened in that summoning circle, I think we were all horrified, and everyone in involved in the whole show was very sensitive to the whole rape situation, putting up the abuse hotline number, as well as tweeting that number out. These things happen in real life, and while it may be hard to watch, it was not gratuitous, and not done for shock value alone. I applaud everyone involved for that, because it is such a sensitive issue.
It was the best finale because we learned so much, and everything came together perfectly. It was as if everything had come full circle, and it all made perfect sense. It was the worst finale because we were left with some many questions, and that’s a hard pill to swallow when a lot of questions had just been answered. We don’t know if anyone is alive after what happened to them! We know what happened to Julia, but it seems that there is more to the story than she told.
We know Reynard is a God, and so my guess is he impregnated her with his child, which made her a master magician. Therefore, she was able to touch the blade that would kill Martin, aka The Beast! I know that Julia wanting to make a deal with Martin/The Beast might have seemed selfish, but I think I would want a little vengeance on Reynard myself.
It was at this point that I realized Julia either must be pregnant, or my hope is that she just has some of the God Reynard left in her, either way as mentioned above, she was now a master magician. I bet she wishes that Jane had not messed with time, and that she had attended Brakebills, and been involved in the 39 time(s) loop. So, maybe none of this would have happened to her. Could this be what was different this time around? During their probability spells, the only time they did not die out of the seven was when they went to Fillory, so I guess the question is was Julia there before? Should Quentin have left well enough alone where their friendship is concerned?
I don’t think it is something we will ever know (unless the bookies do know) but it was one hell of a twist. Poor Penny is laying there looking at his severed hands, and Margo, Alice, and Eliot appear to be dead. Quentin is beside himself, and probably wondering what in the world is he supposed to do now? Jane is dead, so no one else can mess with the time, and Ember’s magic is spent. I wonder if Quentin will play around with time magic again? Can he do it by himself?
I could have went on all night about this finale, but I am sure you don’t want to read a book of my thoughts! The season has been great, especially the building of the worlds involved, from New York, to Brakebills, to the Neitherlands, and finally Fillory, where everything finally came together. My hat goes off to all involved with the show, it really was an amazing experience! What did you think of the season one finale of The Magicians? Sound off below! To everyone involved in the show, I will let Margo and Eliot give my absolute final thoughts!!
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