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The Magicians Recap

The Magicians Bosses on [Spoiler]'s Sacrifice, Who Will and Won't Be Back

Warning: The following contains spoilers for Wednesday’s The Magicians.

Well, that was wicked.

During Wednesday night’s The Magicians, Alice powered up to fight The Beast, performing a spell so big that it killed her and turned her into a magic-consumed niffin.

The Magicians Alice Dies“I did it on purpose,” niffin Alice confessed to The Beast before destroying him. Then she turned on her friends, forcing ex Quentin to unleash his cacodemon in order to stop her. All that was left after the attack was a lifeless Alice lying on the ground as Quentin cried over her.

And that wasn’t the only death in the episode: Reynard the trickster killed hedge witch Marina (recurring player Kacey Rohl).

Those who have read the Magicians trilogy, of course, knew the first twist was likely coming.

“What happens to Alice in fighting The Beast is one of the most important aspects of the Magicians books,” executive producer Sera Gamble tells TVLine. “Her death is really what propels the characters, especially Quentin, from that point. And while we don’t feel beholden to the story exactly as it lays out in the books, we did want to tell our iteration of that story.”

Despite Alice’s dramatic demise, EP John McNamara says he and Gamble are “very much” finding ways to keep her portrayer Olivia Taylor Dudley, who remains a series regular, involved in the story. So is anyone truly dead in a series about magic? (Surely, there’s a resurrection spell?)

“Oh yeah, people can be really dead on the show,” Gamble says. “Some of them are, and some of them aren’t.” And for those who are, “later in the season, we explore pretty fully the architecture of the afterlife,” McNamara adds.

The Magicians Marina DiesAs for Marina, she makes an appearance in next week’s episode, but don’t expect to see her beyond that.

“To be frank, one of the motivations for writing Marina’s arc this season the way we did was we’re aware [Kacey Rohl is] a very in-demand actor, as she should be, and we weren’t certain we would be able to get her back,” Gamble explains. “We don’t have a long-term contract with her. We always want to work with her. We think she’s amazing. But we didn’t want to squander the time we had with her. We wanted to tell the biggest story we could with her and give her the most meaty material we possibly could while we had her.”

Magicians fans, what did you think of the episode’s two big deaths?

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15 Comments
  1. Johnny Karate says:

    Alice leaves a body?? That kind of defeats the purpose of keeping the actress around, doesn’t it?

  2. Ian says:

    Those endings took all the air out of me. Julia’s an idiot. She had ample time to kill Reynard.
    I will definitely miss Marina though. She was dangerous and a killer, but Kacey was just too good! So curious how she makes another appearance.
    And Alice. She did it on purpose, and knew Quentin still had his cacodemon to protect himself. I just hope she won’t be gone too long.

  3. Dave says:

    I never expected to get as attached to Marina as I did. No doubt that has a lot to do with how great the actress was in the role.

  4. trololo says:

    >keiko demon
    It’s cacodemon.

  5. Peeta says:

    I hope that Alice won´t be gone too long. She´s the most powerful

  6. Chelle says:

    Soooo unhappy about Marina and Alice!!! Love both the characters and their respective stories!! Praying that at least Alice makes a magical comeback!!!! PLEASE!!!!

  7. Brian says:

    Julia is such an idiot. She is doing everything that it is possible to do wrong, wrong. I think the creators are banking on you sympathizing with her bc she just was raped but that can only become an excuse the first time she endangers everyone’s lives. After the 4th, she is just being reckless, selfish and awful. I never expected to feel so little empathy for a survivor of rape but here we are.

  8. Ese says:

    pls alice should come back…she cnt jst die..she is actually 1 of the characters i love so much in the series

  9. Patty says:

    I love Alice’s character and hope she will be brought back. The episode was so emotionally draining. I had to go back days later to play it again to make sure I really understood what happened! The scenes with Marena where horrifying, and our Heroine Alice’s sacrifice was unbearable. Bring Alice back!

  10. Andrea M. says:

    Love Alice, bring her back soon. You only mention 2 deaths, but the beast dies too. Hopefully that means Alice will be back next episode.