Who are the Burned Ones in Fate: The Winx Saga? Let’s explore the Netflix series as fans discuss the recent addition.

Netflix has already begun delivering the goods in what is sure to be yet another satisfying year of entertainment.

So far, the streaming service has offered some essential fantasy escapism, serving up a brand new season of Matt Groening’s animated series Disenchantment, and even more recently, Fate: The Winx Saga.

The six-episode season was added on Friday, January 22nd 2021 and is actually inspired by the Nickelodeon animated series Winx Club, created by Iginio Straffi. It centred on a fairy warrior named Bloom (played by Abigail Cowen in the live-action series) and aired for eight seasons between 2010 and 2019.

This young-adult reimagining, on the other hand, was developed by Brian Young and ushers in a number of changes, making it a grittier tale than its predecessor.

Arguably the most notable of the new additions is the inclusion of the Burned Ones, but who exactly are they?

still from Fate: The Winx Saga, Archery Pictures et al., IMDb

Who are the Burned Ones in Fate: The Winx Saga?

  • The Burned Ones are beings summoned to fight against the defenders of the Otherworld. They were created for Fate: The Winx Saga and were not present in Winx Club.

As highlighted by the Express, they were forced out of the Otherworld and had not been spotted for sixteen years since. So, their reemergence came as a shock to those with knowledge of them and the threat they pose.

They possess the ability to infect others with their sickness, transforming their victims into Burned Ones.

Looking back on their history, the legend goes that the Burned Ones were originally human soldiers who were fighting in an ancient war. However, the magic of the Dragon Flame turned them into the monsters we see in the series.

We learn that this magic resides in Bloom too, which is perhaps why the creatures she attacked returned to their human form when dead. Dowling addresses the victims and why she chose to bury them on the school grounds: “It seemed fitting seeing as they were clearly human at one time.”

At the end of the season, the arrival or more Burned Ones is teased, as well as the rise of a threat far more sinister and powerful.

Brian Young talks Fate: The Winx Saga

It’s likely that the Burned Ones have been added into the mix to give the series a sense of danger and horror that wasn’t present in the animated series.

The tone is far darker and mature, which is something the showrunner addressed in an interview with The Guardian. When he was asked about the obstacles he encountered adapting the Winx Club, he spoke of the importance of striking the right tone that would appeal to young-adult audiences:

“Tone. It’s trying to figure out how we ground this show in real character moments, things that any audience member would relate to. And this is coming from a massive fantasy fan – I had my Dungeons & Dragons character when I was a kid – but it is very easy to spiral off into absurdity with stuff like this.”

As for the appearance of the characters, he added: “Look, again, I’m a massive manga anime fan, and a fan of the cartoon itself, but, of course, those are cartoons. Nobody looks like that. It was the most important thing to me that every kid can feel like they see themselves in it … Real girls, real people.”

still from ‘Fate: The Winx Saga’, Archery Pictures et al., IMDb

Fans talk the Burned Ones on Twitter

Since the series premiered on Netflix, a number of viewers have taken the time to address the Burned Ones on Twitter.

Check out a selection of tweets:

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