What with all the craziness of traveling to Fillory, marrying local peasant girls, and taking on The Beast at the Wellspring, it’s been hard for “The Magicians” to focus on their love lives. But when Season 2 premieres, we will get to see where the chips fall between Quentin (Jason Ralph) and Alice (Olivia Dudley) — in at least some respects.
There’s no guidebook for how to get over your boyfriend cheating on you by having a threesome with his two best friends after coming down from a battle magic high, which is probably why Alice finds herself so confused about their relationship in Season 2.
According to Jason Ralph and Olivia Taylor Dudley, Alice and Quentin might not be headed towards a reconciliation, but they may be ready for a truce.
“By necessity, for the situation that they’re in,” Jason Ralph says, “We see Quentin try to make a quick reconciliation — but Alice isn’t really prepared to have that conversation right now. It just sucks because we’re in a life and death moment.”
Understandably, fighting The Beast takes priority, especially because there will be a bit of a ticking clock to track him down and kill him. Alice’s god-power juice won’t last forever, after all.
“They have such a complicated relationship, and it’s not any easier this season,” Dudley says. “They’re kind of stuck together… And they may not like it as much as they did in the first season. There’s so many unresolved things, and magic takes a front seat to that. They can’t all deal with their ‘woe is me’ high school drama this season because there are so many big bads around the corner, but we definitely get to explore their relationship.”
There’s nothing like a good reluctant partnership with your ex to make feelings and frustrations bubble to the surface. While they sort out their feelings, we’ll see less of a will-they/won’t-they dynamic — but the couple’s trajectory is no less interesting for it.
At least we’ll get something resembling resolution to the tragic events of last year though, according to Ralph.
“I guess there is a nice little resolve there of understanding that this thing, if they survive, will evolve into something different,” he says. “They’re not necessarily done with each other, it’s just going to be different.”
“The Magicians” premieres Wednesday (Jan. 25) at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy.