The Magicians: Season 2 (2017)

Season 2
The Magicians

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A clearer sense of purpose and extra helpings of cynicism and danger lead The Magicians to a higher level of engagement.



Critic Ratings: 22


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User Ratings: 405

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Air date: Jan 25, 2017

In the aftermath of their clash with the Beast, Quentin and his friends scramble for a new plan as Season 2 gets underway. Meanwhile, Julia and the Beast strike a dangerous deal.

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Air date: Feb 1, 2017

Quentin, Alice, Penny and Margo seek a new weapon; at the same time, Eliot struggles with being king; and Julia and the Beast find an unexpected ally. -- (C) SYFY

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Air date: Feb 8, 2017

Quentin and his friends prepare to face the Beast again, while Julia conspires with the Beast and their new ally to lure and trap Reynard.

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Air date: Feb 15, 2017

Quentin and Penny embark upon a quest; Margo works on a way to help Eliot; and Julia seeks out an old friend's help.

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Air date: Feb 22, 2017

Quentin adjusts to his new life; Penny seeks help from an unexpected source; Eliot and Margo contend with the dangers of ruling; Julia and Kady discover another consequence of Reynard's attack.

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Air date: Mar 1, 2017

Quentin strives to help a friend who is suffering; Eliot and Margo's negotiations take a shocking turn; Julia and Kady discover a possible key to stopping Reynard.

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Air date: Mar 8, 2017

Julia and Kady enlist Quentin, Margo, Eliot and Penny for a magical heist.

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Air date: Mar 15, 2017

The Magicians deal with a variety of crises as Quentin struggles to keep his own problem a secret.

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Air date: Mar 22, 2017

Julia recklessly continues with her quest, while Eliot and Margo step up to protect Fillory.

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Air date: Mar 29, 2017

Quentin helps Julia with her search; Eliot endeavors to win over his people, as Margo tries to keep a devastating secret; Penny and Kady are caught between two magical factions.

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Season 2 of the fantasy series picks up right after the previous season's final episode. When it's revealed that nobody was killed and everybody is just fine, Julia (Stella Maeve) strikes a deal with the Beast (Charles Mesure) in order to take down Reynard (Mackenzie Astin). As Quentin (Jason Ralph), Alice (Olivia Taylor Dudley), Penny (Arjun Gupta) and Margo (Summer Bishil) embark upon a quest to find a new weapon to kill the Beast and go back to their world, Eliot (Hale Appleman) struggles with being a king and Julia is forced to continue her descent into the dark side. Things take a turn for the worst when one of the young magicians is put in mortal peril and another loses her shade. And when they finally make it back to their world they realize the war is not over.

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Critic Reviews for The Magicians Season 2

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (8)

I'm having a lot of fun watching The Magicians.

Jan 26, 2017 | Full Review…

When combined in the right quantities, innovative technology such as heat mapping and old school analog tricks like strobe lights and hidden magnets can still be enchanting enough to charm even the most cynical of us.

Jan 20, 2017 | Full Review…

I enjoyed The Magicians season 2 a lot more than I did the first season. The sophomore year was way more evenly plotted than the first, even if it was sometimes hard to tell where the season was going.

Jan 10, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The Magicians seems like the likeliest successor to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, especially its painful, unfairly maligned late seasons.

Jan 30, 2017 | Full Review…

The well is tainted; the magic, gone for me.

Jan 26, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…

The Magicians excels because it never forgets that high dramatic stakes only work when they're rooted in believable emotional stakes.

Jan 26, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

I love the snarky dialogue, especially Eliot and Margo's witty one liners.

Aug 28, 2018 | Full Review…

The Magicians will sneak up on you. At first it might seem like a cheesy CW show about angst and magic at an exclusive East Coast college. But suddenly, it gets seriously twisted and frightening.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The Magicians hasn't been perfect this season, and last week's episode left me with a bitter taste in my mouth, but this season finale was a solid hit.

Jan 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Obviously we knew the show wouldn't let the main characters stay dead/incapacitated for long. That's not how TV works. Still, how much fun was it to watch Alice's body heal itself before she went to work on saving her friends?

Jan 30, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

There are constant reminders throughout the season two premiere and subsequent episodes about how while this show might look whimsical, the consequences are anything but.

Jan 26, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

The Magicians is back with a delightful and rewarding return to the world of Brakebills and Fillory.

Jan 26, 2017 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Magicians: Season 2

  • Feb 24, 2021
    The season is pretty bad in my opinion. There's not a big argument behind the story, just Fillory nonsenses and Reynard (pretty bored). The main characters do nothing. Quentin is useless, btw zero spells casted in the entire season. I hope this show gets better or I wont be able to watch this anymore.
  • Jan 31, 2020
    Loved it just keeps getting better
  • Dec 25, 2019
    Spoiler alert, they do more harm than good to themselves and everything around them. It is a lesson in relying on sex, drugs, and alcohol to prop up a series. I left when they burned down the talking trees. all of them, and laughed about it. That was the screenwriters. I wouldn't invest any more time with that series. Pooh.
  • Apr 21, 2019
    I absolutely love this show! It's so good you just cannot help yourself from stopping in between episodes.
  • Apr 15, 2019
    Outstanding, better than season 1.
  • Apr 10, 2019
    Just as fulfilling as the first season!
  • Mar 02, 2019
    Characters developed nicely and necessarily. Very good.
  • Feb 21, 2019
    A little bit better than season 1, the storyline is getting better along with all aspects of the show.
  • Jan 23, 2019
    this is an awesome show
  • Dec 31, 2018
    I enjoyed this show! Its fun and kinda dark!

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