This interview contains spoilers for The Magicians Season 3 episode 3, titled “The Losses of Magic.”
Magic has consequences. If The Magicians has taught us anything over the past two seasons, it’s that severe lesson. Having powers may seem cool and exciting and fun, but it comes at a cost, and Penny (Arjun Gupta) just paid the ultimate price in “The Losses of Magic.”
By the end of the jam-packed episode, Penny’s “super cancer” reached the point of no return, and while Kady (Jade Tailor) and Julia (Stella Maeve) did their best to save him (even summoning a legit demon to literally eat the cancer out of his body), they were too late. And since Penny had decided to astral project his consciousness outside of his body during the whole encounter – turns out, having a demon eat your cancer is pretty painful! – he’s now stuck outside of his dead body where no one can see or hear him. They don’t even know he’s there. Talk about a rock and a hard place.