Season 4 of She-Ra and the Power Queen ends with Adora striking a sword that transforms her into hero She-Ra.
At the beginning of the fifth and final season, now on Netflix, Adora is battling to roam with her newest, highest military role within the Club. But there are hints that the She-Ra form is not completely gone, as the wise woman Madame Razz referred to in Season 4, She-Ra is not tied to the sword. This hero is part of Etheria and consequently existed before the beginning of his domination. The Magical Swift Wind can feel the presence of She-Ra even without change. Adora knows that She-Ra is no longer working.
What happened there, as boxer show Noelle Stevenson told Polygon, was an attempt to recapture the archetypes of Chosen One, and the continuation of the show's theme: to explain one's fate.
(Vol. Note: This post contains great spoilers for season five She-Ra and the Power Queen)
In episode 5 of Season 5, in the midst of a near rescue mission, Adora gathers all her strength and turns to She-Ra, even though she's not the one who came from the power of the sword. This She-Ra is made of pure emotion and magic, a person, as Stevenson said, coming from a place of great love.
While the remains of She-Ra's dress are still there, such as the white and gold motif, and the pattern on the shirt, the hero's version wears pants, restores his hair to a tie, and, instead of a fun taara, Dons a heavy, helmet-like hat. Stevenson said the difference between the two outfits was deliberately designed to reflect Adora & # 39; s arc.
"So much about the (original) She-Ra form is a little like the connection between Adora's military upbringing, but also some women she's uncomfortable with," Stevenson explains. “Things like the skirt and the tiara and the glitter, all those things that Adora has never been personally involved with. She-Ra has always been a little smoker of her unpleasant clo thes. It has been trying to invent it and has been unable to deliver during certain seasons of four to four years. ”
The new She-Ra form is born entirely of Adora, without the technology of First Ones controlling change. Over the course of season four, Adora has developed her own sense of identity, away from the Horde and the future she thought she had.
“This She-Ra comes from pure love. That's the most powerful part of Adora, it's pure, ”says Stevenson. "Not only is She-Ra not the slightest link between Adora's personal style, the way she donates what she loves – with a ponytail, and boots pants – but it also has elements of pure magic and pure love."
She-Ra's new dress also features a small Easter egg homage to Adora's friends. The golden gorget around her rib cage now strengthens the heart like a lump in Bow's dress. His boots have wings for them the mighty Glimmer. And the shape of her crown – now similar in size and thickness to the poisonous taara – comes from Catra's mask.
The new She-Ra form is not a scary end to Adora and is dominated by the ancient unintentional race of planetary magic. It only comes from Adora recording her future and doing it for the people she loves.