Fate: The Winx Saga’s Eliot Salt has teased the arrival of cartoon favourite Flora in a potential season 2.
The character’s absence in the gritty Netflix fantasy series sparked massive backlash among the fanbase when the cast was announced, with Eliot’s character Terra taking the place of the Latina Winx Club member.
However, it was revealed in the show that Terra is actually Flora’s cousin, and Eliot has now spoken out about fans potentially finally meet Flora if the show is renewed.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Eliot explained: ‘I suppose because so many of the characters are all slightly reimagined, we don’t really know what kind of presence Flora is going to have at the moment.
‘I imagine that Terra’s characteristic need for everybody to love her will be coming through. I can’t imagine that she’ll be hostile to her, but who knows?’
As for what lies in store for Terra – the plant-loving and bashful roommate of the fiery leading lady Bloom (Abigail Cohen) – Eliot hinted that after failing at romance in season one, there could be a new love interest in her future.
‘I think I’d like to see Terra continue on her journey of gaining self confidence and strength and it would be nice if she had a bit of a successful romance,’ she said. ‘She was pretty unlucky this series.’
The Normal People actress then cryptically added: ‘Maybe she was heading in the wrong direction… who knows?’
Precious Mustapha, who plays water fairy Aisha, also hopes that her character gets more of an in-depth story going forward, especially concerning her past.
‘I think for Aisha, it would be nice to know where she’s from, and why she goes to Alfea [School for Fairies] and why she is the way she is. I think that would be really fun to explore.
‘I think it’d be also really fun to explore her relationships with the girls because we only really see her relationship with Bloom. Which is nice, and that was great, but I think it’d be really cool to kind of gauge what she actually feels about these other girls and living with these other girls.
‘Who is she confiding in, as well as Bloom? I think that would be really fun.’
Both girls have previously spoken out about the whitewashing controversy surrounding the show, saying the cast were spearheading conversations behind-the-scenes improve diversity.
As well as Flora’s absence, the show received flack for casting white actress Elisha Applebaum in the role of Musa which, in the cartoon, was an East Asian character based on Lucy Liu.
‘I’m really glad that those conversations have happened and have been heard,’ Eliot told us.
‘I think those are more than valid criticisms, and if we get a series two, I wish we had control enough to say that it will be rectified, but I’m fairly certain that it will be.
‘The voices have been heard, and also we’ve tried to amplify them behind the scenes as much as we can.’
Precious agreed, and added: ‘We’re definitely being vocal about that.’
Fate: The Winx Saga is available now on Netflix.