The Magicians season 4 has aired its finale, and it wasn’t received well by some fans. ‘The Seam’ had a certain character make an important decision. Of course, a number of Queliot (Quentin and Eliot) shippers aren’t happy about it. But, for some reason, I don’t think the writing team did a bad job.
Was I happy when the fourth season of The Magicians decided to address the relationship between Quentin and Eliot? Of course. It was a welcome thing to see on TV screens. However, did I think the two would be able to get back together by the end of the season? No, especially because of everything going on.
As the season progressed, I knew Queliot and even Qualice (Quentin and Alice) were doomed. Someone was going to the Underworld and every episode, as the finale neared, made it clear it was going to be Quentin.
The writing team was going for a ‘tragic-love’ narrative and that’s what we got. But they did try to make the ride as smooth as possible for everyone.
They talked about how Eliot was interested in giving his relationship with Quentin a second chance. They also talked about giving Qualice a second chance, too.
However, one should notice the difference between the two. In another timeline, Queliot did indeed happen with Eliot and Quentin willing to do it again in the present.
I do think the writers know how certain fans see Qualice as toxic, and that is why they didn’t go all out with that specific relationship.
With Queliot, they showed the relationship until the very end and allowed the two characters to retain their memories of what they went through together as a loving couple. So, it isn’t like the show erased their queer relationship. It still happened.
In the closing moments, the episode had Eliot remember his time with Quentin. Alice and Eliot also held hands because they both loved him.
Was it the best written queer representation out there? Of course not. But did it make sense? It kind of did, at least to me, because of the writers going for a narrative featuring a tragedy and lost love during the finale.
I’m looking forward to seeing what the series does with these characters in the fifth season. It is The Magicians. So, I wouldn’t be surprised if Quentin popped up during certain critical moments.
As for those disappointed about what happened, I can’t tell you how you should feel about Quentin’s death and Queliot.
You will need to make the decision. If you think you are better off not watching this show anymore, then all the power to you. Such a stance is understandable.
Well-written queer representation still has ways to go in media. And I will continue to call out particular writing decisions.
If you feel you are being queerbaited by a show, then my unsolicited advice is to take care of your wellbeing and not watch what is being presented. It isn’t worth it. Why allow a queerbaiting show to have such power over you?
You are better off reading recaps and reviews to determine if an episode is worthy of your time and passion. Make yourself the priority.
What did you think of The Magicians season 4 finale ‘The Seam/No Better to Be Safe Than Sorry‘ and Queliot? Let us know.
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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