Hold your horses, MLP fans; you can stop anxiously checking your Twitter and Facebook for updates.
Confirmation on the air date of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Season 5 has just dropped and it will be April 4th. Since the end of Season 4, the pony fans have been desperate for more of their beloved pastel horses. Sure, a fair number could agree that in the gap between seasons, Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks was satisfactory filler. Though that film’s focus was on the alternative human world and really didn’t really expand on anything that has happened following the Season 4 finale. There are still many questions to be asked. What really is Twilight’s role as the Princess of Friendship? Is she really going to live in that gaudy crystal castle? Are we safe from the eyesores that were the Rainbow Power forms?
Well not everything is going to be answered just yet. We still have an entire month to go till April after all. However a few teaser trailers hinting at what the season opening will entail have been popping up here and there. The most recent one included some commentary from executive director Brian Lenard and co-executive producer Meghan McCarthy. They explained the synopsis of the season opening as well as hinting at a few episode ideas that will be making an appearance this season. Season 4 is following from after Twilight returns to Equestria after Rainbow Rocks, still trying to figure out the purpose behind her fancy crystal castle. After discovering an in depth map of Equestria, the Mane Six head out to a secluded little town where something is most definitely off. All the ponies in this town have given up their Cutie Marks in a bid for everyone to be equal and leading this town is a pony named Starlight Glimmer. As Meghan McCarthy explains: ‘Starlight believes that if someone has a talent that makes them better than you, that can ruin a friendship. By being equal she believes everyone can be happy’.
The opening will over two episodes and will focus on the Mane Six confronting this Cutie Mark-less town. A few other episodes and plot lines were also teased, including a celebration of background characters possibly for the show’s 100th episode. Fan favourites like Vinyl Scratch, Octavia, Derpy and Doctor Whooves may have their chance in the spot light but this is yet to be confirmed. The show staff also promised that there would be more songs and musical numbers for the fans to adore, as well as exploring old characters alongside new ones. Since Hasbro seem to be pushing the new toy line ‘Cutie Mark Magic’ it can be assumed that the theme for this season will revolve around Cutie Marks as the opener episodes seem to confirm this. Will we maybe see the Cutie Mark Crusaders finally get their marks? One can only hope, they can’t stay blank flanks forever. Till then it’s an anxious wait till April for our yearly dose of pony shenanigans.