At New York Comic Con 2019, showrunner Noelle Stevenson previews She-Ra and the Princesses of Power season 4, revealing Horde Prime will change everything. Last year, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power season 1 released on Netflix, introducing viewers to a new take on the Masters of the Universe franchise. The series from Eisner Award-winning Stevenson follows Horde soldier Adora (Aimee Carrero) who stumbles upon a magical sword and becomes She-Ra, the princess of power. She defects from the Horde to join forces with Glimmer (Karen Fukuhara) and Bow (Marcus Scribner) so they can fight for Etheria.
This summer, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power season 3 premiered on Netflix, continuing not only the story of Adora, Glimmer and Bow, but of key Horde figures like Adora's childhood best friend Catra (AJ Michalka), Scorpia (Lauren Ash) and the evil legion's leader, Hordak (Keston John). Now only a few months later, Netflix is gearing up to launch the fourth season of its animated adventure series. At NYCC, She-Ra showrunner Stevenson, and cast members Carrero, Fukuhara, Michalka and Ash previewed what fans can look forward to in season 4.
During roundtable interviews at NYCC, Stevenson spoke about Horde Prime, the bigger villain introduced in She-Ra season 3, of which Hordak is a clone. Stevenson said:
Horde Prime is definitely this looming shadow over this season. We still don’t know what his deal is. We know Hordak’s take on it, but I don’t think that any of our characters are quite prepared for exactly what Horde Prime is going to bring to the table. I don’t want to give you much more than that, but he will change everything.
As for how Horde Prime will affect the characters, Carrero teased the villain is a "common enemy" for Adora and Catra, and his introduction "shifts the perspective a little bit, because now there’s a bigger enemy that they’re both fighting against." Further, Carrero cautioned fans from getting too ahead of themselves, revealing there's "a little sprinkling of stuff [about Horde Prime] this season, but then there may be more to come." Based on Carrero and Stevenson's comments, fans shouldn't expect Horde Prime to fully become the big bad in She-Ra season 4. But as the story progresses, it seems like She-Ra will eventually shift her focus to Horde Prime and his galactic forces as the true threat to Etheria.
Instead of Horde Prime, it appears a major conflict of She-Ra season 4 is between Glimmer and Catra stemming from the events of the season 3 finale. In that episode, Glimmer's mother Angella (Reshma Shetty) sacrificed herself to prevent the portal Catra opened from destroying all of Etheria. Both Stevenson and Michalka teased what's to come for the characters. Michalka said she's excited for fans to see some "badass fight scenes" and went on to confirm, "Glimmer and Catra are gonna go head to head at some point and it’s going to be pretty dramatic." In terms of how Glimmer fighting Catra will be different, Stevenson said, "I think that Glimmer will not hold back in the way that Adora always has."
Between Catra, Hordak and the looming threat of Horde Prime, things are getting more and more serious in She-Ra and the Princesses of Power season 4. The series has earned an incredibly positive response from critics and fans alike, with the biggest gripe seeming to be Netflix splitting She-Ra's second 13-episode run into seasons 2 and 3. Thankfully, She-Ra season 4 is 13 episodes again, ensuring fans will get to watch the whole arc in its entirety when the show returns, which will be soon enough.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power season 4 releases Tuesday, November 5 on Netflix.