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However, Maeve herself told Revelist that putting a laser focus on Julia AND Martin's sexual traumas will yield positive results in Season 2.

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"Good science fiction is when you’re able to mask real problems with fantastical situations," Maeve explained. "So I think John and Sera, and the writers, do a good job of that in this season. You see these two survivors and victims that were stripped of their humanities, essentially ... who have gone through the same trauma, connect. [...] You see it throughout, and they leave it up to you [to form your own opinions]."

Additionally, Maeve told Revelist that her relationship with Tailor's character, Kady, gets put in sharper focus after they both survive their encounter with Reynard, and that "female empowerment and support" has their characters "finding each other" and "driving the ship together." 

Kady, for her part, will feel "guilt ridden" and "awful" about Julia's rape when Season 2 begins, so at least part of her story next year will be her "journey out of it ... and [she's] going to work through that dark experience with Julia," Tailor said.

Basically, it sounds like "The Magicians" crew has put some real thought behind how to respectfully and accurately write a rape survivor narrative.

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Given that the media firestorm ignited by "Game of Thrones"'s disastrous handling of the rape of Sansa Stark has only recently died down, it's good to hear that "The Magicians" has thought long and hard about telling rape stories from the perspectives of survivors that lived them ... even if two such survivors linking up to literally murder their rapists in the span of a single episode is a bit much. 

For what it's worth, Ralph makes it sound like the redemption arc feared by Weidenfeld won't be a problem, since "Quentin understands the context for [her betrayal] and why she did the things she did," he explained. 

"[Season 2 is] about when something is taken from you that’s so sacred," Maeve concluded. "How to deal with it, and finding your way back ... back to yourself."

If you have to murder a trickster demon to do it, I guess that's A-OK.