Syfy renewed its urban fantasy show The Magicians for a fourth season in February, and announced that the next season would hit next January. This weekend, the network gave us a look at what to expect with the first full trailer for the upcoming season.
The series is based on Lev Grossman’s The Magicians trilogy, in which a student named Quentin Coldwater (played by Jason Ralph) discovers that magic is real when he enters a magical school called the Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy. He begins to learn about magic, and eventually discovers that the setting of his favorite series of fantasy novels, Fillory, is real, and that the magical world is darker and more problematic than he imagined. The series loosely follows the novels, and at the end of the second season, the characters lost the ability to use magic, and spent the third season working to regain it. They do, but at a cost: they lose their memories, and end up back on Earth living in the regular world.
This new trailer hints that their amnesia will be short-lived, but that the magic that they previously used was being rationed, controlled by an extra-dimensional Library that the characters have visited over the course of the prior seasons. There’s hints of alternate realities, deals with powerful gods, and the start of a magical revolution to fix the world.
Season 4 of The Magicians premieres on January 23rd, 2019. You have some time to get caught up on the series — the first two seasons are available on Netflix (the third is expected to hit sometime next month.)