We bet you never asked yourself whether you’d have the stomach to chop of your friend’s hands if it came down to it before watching “The Magicians.” Quentin (Jason Ralph), of course, was just barely up to the task in Wednesday’s (Feb. 15) new episode — but we’re willing to bet his grief over losing Alice (Olivia Taylor Dudley) probably played into that decision a little.
Plus, what was the alternative? Leaving Penny (Arjun Gupta) alone with a set of hands that wanted to kill him?
Now more than ever, we’re concerned what Quentin’s grief will drive him to do next. After trying and failing to capture the White Lady (Emma Dumont) and wish Alice back to life, Quentin chose to leave Fillory behind. That’s reasonable enough — Fillory was not the magical, hope-filled land he expected, and it’s also where Alice met her tragic fate.
But what’s left for him? Brakebills will only remind him of the girl he loved and lost, and the real world was never an option for him. It was slowly sucking his soul away to live in a world without magic.
Personally, we’d love it if Quentin hopped on Team Julia (Stella Maeve), now that she’s got her first solid lead on Reynard (Mackenzie Astin). Without The Beast to help her, she only has Kady (Jade Tailor) around as backup — and the last time these two went up against the trickster god, it did not end well at all. Quentin could provide some much needed support and a magical assist.
Whatever the case, we’re so glad Kady found her way back into the gold.
After she ran off, leaving Julia to be raped by Reynard, we were worried he’d either hunted her down and killed her, or she would remain in hiding forever. Instead, she’s completely dedicated to helping Julia seek her revenge. Their “best b**ches” necklace might have been a joke at first — but the way these two girls help and support each other has elevated both their characters. They’ve officially become the best female friendship on the show.
Meanwhile, Eliot might be reaching the end of his rope with this Fillory business. Despite Dean Fogg’s (Rick Worthy) offer to help him govern, we’re not sure Eliot has quite grasped the fact that he can’t live in both worlds.
Being trapped as the High King of an enchanted world sounds great on paper, but Eliot had a pretty charmed life before he accidentally conquered Fillory. We don’t blame him for wanting to go back to Brakebills — but eventually the field trips have got to stop. Plus, we’re not sure how Fen (Brittany Curran) would feel about his extracurricular activities back at school.
As things grow even more tense in Fillory, Eliot will have to work on getting his head out of the clouds, hard as that may be.
“The Magicians” airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy.