A preview of the upcoming fourth season of Syfy's The Magicians debuted at New York Comic Con, suggesting the magical world of Fillory is in for yet another interesting twist.
The three-minute clips opens with an eerie, faraway voice calling to Margo (played by Summer Bishil), "Yoo-hoo! Arise, Your Majesty! Arise!" And it only gets stranger from there. Margo, at the end of last season, was firm in her belief that she is not the High King of the land, and is in fact a fashion editor named Janet. Here we find her woken while napping at her desk, leading her from her office to a candlelit room in Fillory in which fan-favorite god Ember (Dominic Burgess) holds court with some adorable kittens.
Because anything is possible in The Magicians' world, Margo assesses her situation carefully before asking, "Wait ... am I at Jeff Goldblum's house right now?"
"I have emanated to warn you: great ill is afoot," Ember says with his signature lilting menace. He lists the possible reasons he may have been summoned: world war, a pandemic, the arrival of hostile or uninvited gods, a revolt of dwarves, or a mass rising of the dead. "Not sure they'd be able to do much, the dead," Ember quips. "They're sort of feeble and rotting."
The preview takes a darker turn in its final seconds, with "Janet" protesting against her mission and Ember angrily informing her she has no choice but to do as she's ordered.
As announced by showrunners John McNamara and Sera Gamble at NYCC, the show will pick up where Season 3 left off, with the young magicians having had their memories erased and now mystified about who they are and why they're on Earth. One character remains under the spell of The Monster, and Season 4 is likely to let fans see what terrible things it wants from the show's protagonists and the world they inhabit.
Returning Wednesday, Jan. 23, on Syfy, The Magicians stars Jason Ralph, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Summer Bishil, Stella Maeve, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta, Rick Worthy, Jade Tailor, Trevor Einhorn and Brittany Curran.