At first glance, it looks as though “Magicians” Beast (Charles Mesure) is well and truly dead. After all, Alice (Olivia Taylor Dudley) used her boundless Niffin magic to destroy him before she, herself, was destroyed.
When you take a closer look, however, it’s hard to imagine the Beast is well and truly gone. His death was so sudden and unexpected that it left quite a few plot lines hanging in the breeze, which one assumes he simply has to come back to wrap up.
For one, Julia’s (Stella Maeve) battle against Reynard (Mackenzie Astin) has only just begun, and she still needs someone who can immobilize a God to even get a shot in. As is stands now, The Beast is still the only one capable of that kind of magic — so if she’s going to defeat Reynard, she’ll need his help.
When Alice killed him, she might have killed any hope of catching Reynard, but there’s also something suspicious about this “death.” Cracking open his chest and allowing hundreds of moths to flood out of his body certainly seems to indicate death, but we’re not so sure. It’s a bit of an ambiguous way to go out, when all is said and done.
To be extra particular about it, the blue moth that crawled out of his mouth looked distinctly different from the brown hoard that Alice let out of his chest. Call us delusional, but until we see evidence indicating otherwise, we’re going to believe that was a hint the Beast might still be alive.
Then there’s the issue of Julia’s shade to consider.
After spending so long in the company of the Beast (and even endearing herself to him in a certain way), we doubt this topic will just be dropped. His offer to take her shade is an interesting and foreboding little subplot that we expect to come up again soon.
Maeve told us as much when we spoke to her about Season 2. “We do play with the shade a lot…” Maeve says, “With the bad is the good — and not being able to feel pain, how can you ever really experience happiness?”
Not to mention, the Beast told Julia in the first episode of Season 2 that he has big plans he wants her to be a part of. “Big plans,” for the Beast, surely means “evil plans” — but they’re plans nonetheless. The possibility that he had some huge endgame in mind for Fillory and the Brakebills kids is too tempting to pass up, so we hope he’s not gone for good. If only because we’ll miss his impeccable singing and oddly whimsical attitude about good and evil.
We’ll also hope that if he is still alive, he’s got a slightly less murderous agenda than he had in Season 1.
“The Magicians” airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy.