“Iginio Straffi/Rainbow/My friend WinxFan2190978 said Winx Club‘s gonna end after season X!”
Don’t you get sick of hearing this? Worse, when you ask the fan for proof, they either ignore you, chew you out, or link you to Wikipedia. (Never trust Wikipedia.) Of course one day, the boy who cried wolf will be telling the truth. Still, you should wait for the official news before you believe him.
Why does this rumor pop up every season? Because let’s face it: we’re all waiting for Winx to end because it’s lasted so long already. It’s like an old computer. You hope it’ll keep running, but you know it’s gonna die sooner or later.
But I think Winx Club‘s finale is still a ways away. Here are a few signs season seven won’t be the end.
1) “…Additional Seasons”
Last summer, while we were looking ahead to season six, two sites were already looking beyond it: License! Global Magazine:
The new [sixth] season of the TV series is being co-produced with Nickelodeon and will debut worldwide in 2014. Rainbow is already planning additional seasons of the series…
…and Animation World Network:
Coming to screens across the world in 2014 and following on from the huge success of series five, the new 26-episode series [six] is a co-production with Nickelodeon and mixes sumptuous 2D and 3D animation….With even more series already in the planning stage, and another movie set for launch in 2014, Rainbow has announced that it will take the popular Winx Club combination of music, magic, fashion, fun and adventure beyond its already powerful presence in the markets of Europe and America to a worldwide audience within the next two years.
Note the plurals: additional seasons, more series. How many more? Who knows?
2) To Extend Our Reach to the Stars Above!
Both articles say Rainbow wants to extend Winx Club‘s global reach over the next two years (2013-2014). Here’s a quote from Maurizio Distefano, Executive Vice Manager and General Manager of Global Consumer Products (whew, long title!):
“The continuing success of Winx Club after nearly a decade confirms its status as both an evergreen property and one that is able to evolve to meet changing consumer tastes without losing the core values that have made it such a hit. This year and 2014 will bring strong growth and further extend the reach of this amazing property.”
Question: why would they bother if they’re about to end the series? If they were, their money would be better spent milking the show’s popularity where it’s highest: Europe. But Rainbow hasn’t stopped spreading Winx to the rest of the world. Their latest target: China. Season four just premiered there!
3) “We’re Looking Ahead Without Goals”
Last Thursday, Tgcom24 posted their interview with Iginio Straffi. When asked if Rainbow already knows when Winx Club will end, he said (my translation):
“We’re looking ahead without goals. We’ve accomplished a unique feat in Europe — that is, creating a cartoon that goes beyond ten years — so at this point, we’re aiming to turn it into a classic in all respects. For once, we even beat the Americans to creating superheroines. Who knows if one day there won’t be further developments, like a nice film with live actresses.”
Interesting note: the word he used for “goal,” traguardo, can also mean “finish line” in sports. The bottom line is Rainbow doesn’t have an end goal — or ending — for Winx yet. They’ll keep it going until they’re ready to stop. It could be in two years or ten, but we’ll know when it’s about to happen. They wouldn’t send this show off quietly.
So don’t plan your finale parties yet, Winx fans. As Mr. Straffi himself said, “the best is yet to come!”