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My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic season 9 trailer sees friendship saving Equestria one last time

The series finale brings about the end of a fandom era

After nearly 10 years on the air, beloved children’s cartoon series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is finally ending. The final trailer for the series sees Twilight Sparkle and her friends rallying in defense of Equestria for the last time.

The trailer tracks Twilight’s growth over the past eight seasons from her arrival in Ponyville to her coronation as the Princess of Friendship. With the Elements of Harmony destroyed, the group must figure out how to defend Equestria from a new threat without their greatest weapon. Now, alongside Spike, Applejack, Fluttershy, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, and Pinkie Pie, it’s up to Twilight to protect her home one last time.

Since its premiere in 2010, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has been a cult favorite and an endless source of memes. The series famously brought “bronies” — adult, typically male fans of the series — into the mainstream. While the fandom has for the most part faded out of spotlight since the early 2010s, it’s still thriving: Polygon spoke with fans at BronyCon, a yearly My Little Pony convention, about their feelings regarding the ending of the series. For the most part, fans have come to terms with the finale: When the series ends, the fandom will still survive even if it dwindles in the aftermath.

The final half of season 9 of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic will premiere on Discovery Family on Aug. 3.

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