Netflix’s animated fantasy epic She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is officially reaching its end and, sad to say, that end is coming much closer than you think. In fact, the forthcoming fifth season has been revealed by She-Ra showrunner Noelle Stevenson to be the series’ last, which means we may have to ready our final goodbyes to the characters we’ve come to know and love.
“It has been such an incredible journey so far just getting to share these seasons that are already out and seeing the reactions,” Stevenson told Entertainment Weekly in an exclusive interview. “I do feel very lucky because we knew from the very beginning what our episode order was, so we got to tailor the story very specifically to how long the show was gonna be.”
She continued: “It was tailored to be 52 episodes, the length that it is, and that’s a real blessing for a storyteller because it means everything happens when it’s meant to happen. The story definitely evolved along the way, from people who worked on it and following the story threads that seemed right and where the characters led us. We set out with a plan, we executed that plan, so it’s very satisfying to see it wrap up like this. I’m very happy with where we got to with this story. I’m really excited for people to see it. I hope they’ll be as happy as I am.”
For those who have yet to watch this show, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power follows the story of teenager Adora who, armed with a sword that transforms her into She-Ra, leads a group of other magical princesses who band together to defeat the evil Horde led by Lord Hordak. It tackles a lot of subjects throughout its four seasons—the struggles of women, the pressures that young adults face, the meaning of justice, and the strength of friendships.
“I think it’s a great show to watch to both deal with your own feelings about the world, and appreciate them through a world that is very optimistic and does believe in redemption, forgiveness, and love,” Stevenson shared about the show. “We try to be as sincere about that stuff as possible without letting it ever be cheesy or provide easy solutions. For us, it is trying to look at our role in the world and how to be good, be strong, be brave like the characters are.”
“I think it’s a great watch for anyone who needs to watch some magical princesses fight each for a while, and also for people who are struggling with confusion, fear, and those messy feelings. Hopefully, you find an outlet for those feelings here and some comfort from them,” she added.
She-Ra Season 5 will hit Netflix on May 15.
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