Netflix's She-Ra and the Princesses of Power has effectively led to a revival of the title character and her compatriots. Garnering an immense fanbase, the show has even seemingly led to an upcoming Kevin Smith-helmed relaunch of Masters of the Universe. At New York Comic Con 2019, A.J. Michalka, Aimee Carrero, Karen Fukuhara, Lauren Ash and Noelle Stevenson were joined by host Krutika Mallikarjuna to discuss the upcoming fourth season of the animated Netflix show, revealing a lot of information about the journeys and changes various characters will undergo this time around.
After the panelists took the stage, Stevenson revealed that fans would be treated to the first episode of Season 4. Dealing with the aftermath of Queen Angella's apparent demise at the end of Season 3, the premiere sees Glimmer working with Adora and Bow to complete the final steps necessary to get crowned the new Queen of Bright Moon. The episode also holds major changes for Catra and the Horde following Hordak sending a message to Horde Prime.
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After the premiere finished playing, the panel returned to the stage, joking about the technical difficulties and claiming Catra may have been behind them. Stevenson then revealed Season 4 will feature thirteen episodes, unlike Seasons 2 and 3. Stevenson addressed how the massive events of Season 3 will influence Season 4, saying, "Everything has changed. All the power order has changed. There's so much that needs to happen for these characters."
Stevenson then revealed the theme of the season as "what price do you have to pay for that power?"
Fukuhara, who plays the character, talked about Glimmer this season, revealing, "Glimmer starts off in a very dark place this season... she doesn't really have time to grieve." She then revealed some tension between Glimmer and other characters in Season 4, saying, "It was kind of a hard season to record" because of the "sadness and butting heads." Glimmer's new role will affect the squad, as she's "struggled with her mom identifying her as a little kid. Someone that can't take leadership. Someone that isn't enough. The one person she wants validation from is her mother." This newest season will require Glimmer to "grow into her own" without Angella. Fukuhara also revealed Glimmer will receive a power boost, which makes the fact others are babying her more frustrating.
Carrero remarked that she feels like her character, Adora, feels like she needs to step into a more motherly role this season, especially after promising Angella that she would protect Glimmer.
Michalka addressed Catra this season and a question about whether the character had reached a point of no return and can even be stopped. "Catra is fierce. And she's really determined," Michalka said. "It is, at this point, fully about winning." Michalka also revealed that Catra is lashing out at others because she's not getting recognition for what she's done and her accomplishments.
Stevenson talked about a parallel she sees between Hordak and Catra in Season 4, as they're both undergoing heartbreak. Hordak is under the impression that Entrapta betrayed him in Season 3, while Catra has had hurt feelings about Adora leaving the Horde since the beginning of the show. "Catra is using Hordak at this point to get the power that she craves," Stevenson said. "It has to be worth it for her. She's given up so much... that she can't back down now." Stevenson says that Catra is in a place where she's closing herself off from her emotions.
Catra and Scorpia's relationship was also addressed by Ash, who plays the latter. "Scorpia is questioning some of Catra's actions, and it's affecting her," Ash said, before mentioning that Scorpia will have an "emotional journey" this season. The events of the premiere and the last season finale will serve as a catalyst for Scorpia questioning Catra.
Stevenson added there will be a Scorpia-centric episode this season amd that the character has defined her personality around those that she loves, but that she's not getting that love back. According to Stevenson, Scorpia's journey is about "learning to love and take care of herself." She says Scorpia will have a "journey of self-discovery," as she "lies to herself to make everything seem OK... and it's getting harder and harder to do that."
A clip from the Scorpia-centric episode then played. The video opens with Scorpia getting up from bed and starting her morning routine. The clip gives some indication that Scorpia and Catra have had a falling out falling out during a battle of some sort.
Stevenson was asked about the rest of Season 4, to which she responded, "Everything has changed. The stakes are a lot higher. The battle for Etheria has never been more intense."
In terms of Glimmer being the new Queen of Bright Moon and how that will change things, Stevenson said the young leader doesn't have the same "restraint" as her mother, as she's determined not to lose anyone else in the war against the Horde. This drive will "push her to further extremes than definitely Adora is comfortable with." Stevenson further teased characters being pushed to their limits, though said there are a lot of fun episodes in Season 4.
Stevenson then revealed the Season 4 premiere date as November 5. Two posters were shown, with one showing off a new character named Double Trouble. Further details about the character weren't given.
The panelists also revealed that there will be a Bow-centric episode called "Boys' Night Out," which will see some of the male characters getting together to have fun while Bow deals with frustration at seeing his friends at odds.
As the panel came to a close, the panelists were asked which She-Ra characters they'd want to plan a party for them. Michalka, Ash and Stevenson all agreed Scorpia would be the best choice, as "her only goal is the please people and make people happy." Fukuhara nominated Stevenson herself, as, even though she technically isn't a character, she recently had her own wedding, which involved using a sword to cut the cake.
The panelists then summed up their character arcs for the latest season. Carrero summer up Adora's arc as "patient-struggle" and then "slow burn." Fukuhara said, "really sad and dark and deep, broken relationships." Ash defined Scorpia's as "transformation," while Michalka said "revolutionary" for Catra. Stevenson did one for Spinarella, whom she voices. "Vegetable platters," Stevenson said, saying that would make sense later.
A teaser trailer for Season 4 was then shown, which consisted mostly of quick snippets of action from the upcoming installment of the show.
Streaming now on Netflix, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power stars Aimee Carrero, Karen Fukuhara, AJ Michalka, Marcus Scribner, Reshma Shetty, Lorraine Toussaint, Keston John, Lauren Ash, Christine Woods, Genesis Rodriguez, Jordan Fisher, Vella Lovell, Merit Leighton, Sandra Oh and Krystal Joy Brown. Season 4 debuts on Nov. 5.