I started this post about a year ago, but I didn’t finish it because I thought no one would believe me. All I can say is I’m telling the truth. As I watched Winx season eight, I felt like Rainbow read my mind. Some of what Aisha and Nex did and said confirmed a few of my headcanons and brought a few of my ideas to life.
They didn’t happen exactly the way I pictured them, but the key concepts were there.
1. Aisha gives a speech in front of the Andros royal court.
Something I wanna see in the future season(s) of Winx Club is the three princesses — Aisha, Bloom, and Stella — taking more responsibility within their kingdoms. (Hear that, Netflix? Aisha is a princess.) Giving a speech in front of her people was one of my steps for Aisha on her journey to becoming queen. But I saw the moment differently in my head:
- She gave the speech at her princess ball, which her parents held against her wishes. Honestly, I like the event Rainbow chose — the anniversary of the founding of Andros — better than my idea. ?
- I didn’t picture her standing behind a podium, but on a staircase or the dais in the Great Hall (not that floating stadium thing Rainbow introduced in season five).
- All the guys were at the ball, not just Nex.
- The Winx didn’t use Sirenix again because I thought that wasn’t possible, Rainbow. ?
There was one thing that happened both in my version and the cartoon. Aisha looked at Nex during (or before) the speech, and he gave her a thumbs-up to say, “You’ve got this!” So sweet! ?
2. Nex uses cutesy emoji in his texts.
The day before “Into the Depths of Andros” (Winx season 8, episode 8) premiered, I wondered if Nex would send Aisha Emojix to encourage her. I pictured one of him wearing a foam finger (just one) and another of him jumping up and down like a cheerleader — with pompoms ?. The official Emojix looked different — no pompoms, sadly — but the themes were the same.
Even before season eight, I thought it’d be funny if Nex used hearts and smilies in his texts to Aisha. You wouldn’t think he would — and that’s the point. He has a cutesy side only she knows about. I got that idea from what I talked about in the second half of the YouTube response series: he’s more sensitive than he lets on.
Well, all the Winx and Specialists (even Riven) used Emojix, so it wasn’t a big deal for Nex. It still tickled me, though.
3. Nex gets too excited sometimes when he cheers for Aisha.
I don’t know where this idea came from, but I pictured Nex going overboard with his supportiveness one day and annoying Aisha. I even had a specific scene in mind. They’re on Andros trying to escape from someone (pirates? ?♀️), but they can’t see through the thick fog hovering around them. Aisha tries to use her magic to part it. Nex cheers her on from behind, but she cuts him off and says, “Sweetie, I need to concentrate.” (I drew her completing the spell for Inktober in 2018.)
Well, in “Into the Depths of Andros”, she said something similar to him after his texts of support interrupted her speech practice:
Sorry, Nex, but I need to be alone and focus.
In the Italian version, she said almost the exact line:
Sorry, Nex, but I need to concentrate.
Anyway, I’m glad his eagerness to support her became canon. It’s a beautiful thing — even if he overdoes it sometimes. ?
4. Aisha and Nex love holding hands.
I pictured them doing this not just to show their love for each other, but also to show that their bond is unbreakable. It’s hard to tear two people apart when their hands are clasped together. Try it if you dare. ?????
Maybe Aisha and Nex’s couple confirmation scene in “Legendary Duel” (Winx season 6, episode 24) put this idea in my head. I love how holding hands became their thing in Winx season eight. It may be a common form of affection, but you can tell it means a lot to them.
5. Aisha and Nex are the power couple of Winx Club.
I’ve always seen these two as a power couple. I even used the term on this blog before Winx season eight premiered. As I said in my post about their relationship development: “What else would you call two fearless warriors with impeccable teamwork and complementary skills, who are also dating?”
What I didn’t expect was for Aisha to flat out say it!
AISHA: So…power couple team up?
NEX: I thought you’d never ask!
So it’s canon now that Aisha and Nex see themselves as a power couple. I love it!
Did Rainbow plan this dynamic from the beginning? I think so. “Legendary Duel”, the comic “La Prova di Nex” (Nex’s Test), and the storybook “La Leggenda di Eraklyon” (The Legend of Eraklyon) all take place during Winx season six and show how well the couple works together.
These are just coincidences, but I’m happy it seems like Rainbow and I are on the same wavelength about Aisha and Nex. Will any more of my ideas become canon in Winx season nine? Who knows!