Spoilers for She-Ra and the Princesses of Power final season (especially season five, episode six).
Well that’s the end of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power and what an ending it was! Or, at least, we enjoyed it.
One of the great moments of season five was when Adora (Aimee Carrero) got her new She-Ra sword and costume. It was totally badass. At the end of season four, Adora destroyed the sword (along with She-Ra) in order to stop a planet destroying weapon made by the First Ones.
Talking with EW, showrunner Noelle Stevenson and the cast discussed the pivotal moment. Carrero said that they needed to take Adora to a dark place after she destroys the sword.
“She had to pivot her sense of identity there and work towards something else. And then, once she feels like she’s finally got the hang of who she is and her place in the world as She-Ra, she loses the sword. She loses her identity, the one thing she could hold onto through this whole series. So I really think that for her season 5 is this dark night of the soul where all is lost. She has no idea who she is. She has no idea how she’s going to overcome this huge enemy.”
Instead of the series focusing on Adora being alone in this, it makes sure to show her support network around her. How her friends (especially Bow, Glimmer, and, now, Catra) support her.
Stevenson said of the original design, “Adora’s original She-Ra form was like this uncomfortable suit she has to wear. She never really feels at home in the original She-Ra form. It combined the militaristic aspect of Adora’s upbringing in the Horde with the role She-Ra has with the First Ones. There’s the top that’s buttoned up, the large pointy shoulder blades, and then these elements of femininity that Adora is very uncomfortable with: The skirt, the tiara, the long flowing hair. She’s really trying to fit this version of She-Ra, but it’s not her. She’s never comfortable in that form.”
Of course, Adora also gets her power to be She-Ra from elsewhere. Stevenson made sure it was represented in that new design.
“The thing that gives her the purity of emotion to transform is love: Love for her friends, love for Catra, and the need to protect them. There are elements of her friend’s costumes in her new She-Ra look: There’s a heart on her chest for Bow, wings on her boots for Glimmer, and the shape of her crown is reminiscent of Catra’s mask. This version of She-Ra is made of love, it’s a pure reflection of Adora’s soul.”
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power season five is out on Netflix.