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The Magicians Season 2 Trailer Shows That Even After Last Season, Things Can Always Get Worse

Last season of The Magicians blew many of us away, and suffice it to say we’re pretty darn stoked for the next season, which premieres January 25th. This trailer, just released by Syfy, shows that even after the cliffhanger ending of last season, things aren’t quite as bad as they might seem.

Which is, of course to say, things are a whole lot worse.

Quentin and crew are still hanging around Fillory, and the premise around this season, as delivered by the Dean, is that magic is dying. It’s slowly leaving the world, and the repercussions of that could very well be dire for Quentin and this newfound not-so-whimsical home he and his fellow students have found. As ever, the stakes are high, and given how brutal and dark the first season was, that means one can’t really expect a happily-ever-after ending–quite the opposite, in fact.

For those of you who have read the books, this season borrows from the third installment of Lev Grossman’s novels on which the entire series is based. The book, The Magician’s Land, represents something of a departure from the first two, and the entire trilogy is well worth your time if you enjoy modern urban fantasy stories. As you may know, the first season mashed up the first two books, and it was able to do it in 13 episodes. They’ve got a little more room to breathe with this second season, so it’ll be interesting to see what they do with the time offered to them now. Pacing was one of the sticking points for the first season, so here’s hoping that comes out in the wash here.

The entire first season is up for you to watch on Syfy, and I cannot recommend it enough. Consider this a content warning, though: towards the end of the season, there are scenes that involve sexual assault. If you are worried, please feel free to review the episode plot summaries on The Magicians page on Wikipedia.

(via io9)

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