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04Mar2020

“The Magicians” To End at Season 5

Posted by Cole in Articles & Interviews, News, Television, The Magicians

As many Syfy shows before it, The Magicians has been cancelled at season 5. The show’s final episode, titled “Fillory & Further” will air on April 1. TVInsider had an excellent interview with creators and showrunners Sera Gamble and John McNamara, which you can read here: “Syfy, Sera Gamble & John McNamara Address the End of ‘The Magicians'”.

In light of the news, Hale posted a screencapture from The Magicians trilogy by Lev Grossman, highlighting a quote from Eliot that says, “I know I said I didn’t need a family to become who I was supposed to be, but it turned out that I did. And it was you. We’ll meet again.” Hale included a caption that reads:

This is a heartfelt Thank You to all you kids ( and grown-ups ) out there for your continued love and support over the years. Your dedication to each other and to the world inspired by Lev’s books helped keep us alive for 5 Seasons, and served as a constant reminder that family can be found, chosen, and nurtured in the most surprising and serendipitous ways. Meeting so many of you and hearing your stories has been a highlight of my life. Thank you for your love and attention through this very unusual and beautiful evolution. I’m eternally grateful to our creator @levgrossman, my show Dads @johnthemcnamara and @seragamble, our incredible cast, crew, producers and @audinkle: Thanks for giving me a shot at a character and show I’ll love forever. I’m so proud to be your Eliot. Only Love. —H

Will The Magicians be picked up elsewhere?
That’s hard to say. Very few cancelled shows have been picked up at another network or platform. In the past, Amazon Prime has picked up formerly cancelled Syfy show The Expanse and Netflix picked up the Sera Gamble show You from Lifetime. However, McNamara stated shopping it to other platforms, adding, “none of them seemed in the end like a perfect financial or creative fit.” The season 5 finale was written to double as a series finale just in case it isn’t picked up. All the fans can do is make sure a potential network can see The Magicians as a good investment to renew.

What does this mean for Hale?
In the case The Magicians is not picked up elsewhere, Hale will have to audition for pilot season if he’d like to stick to TV (we certainly would love to see him continue doing television, and we would also like to see some music from him). He does now have The Magicians on his acting resume, a project that allowed him to show off a range of talent one would expect many shows to want. We hope the best for Hale’s journey and we will continue to be here, supporting this extraordinary talent.