“My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” will end with its upcoming ninth season on Discovery Family, TheWrap has learned.
The final 26-episode run will begin with a two-part season premiere titled,”The Beginning of the End,” which will air Saturday, April 6 at 11:30a/10:30c on Discovery Family and be available for streaming on Discovery GO.
Here’s the official description for the Season 9 debut: Princess Celestia and Princess Luna decide to retire and hand off the ruling of Equestria to Twilight Sparkle and her friends, which sends Twilight into a tailspin of self-doubt. Meanwhile, an ancient villain bands together a legion of nefarious characters to conquer all of Equestria, challenging Twilight Sparkle and the rest of the Mane 6 to step in and save the day.
Later this season, fan-favorite characters Quibble Pants”(voiced by Patton Oswalt) and Cheese Sandwich (voiced by “Weird Al” Yankovic) will return to Equestria.
During its final season run, the show will also celebrate its 200th episode, which is set to air April 20 and feature “Twilight Sparkle and her big brother, Shining Armor, pitting their wits against each other to settle a long-standing sibling rivalry score.”
“My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” launched on Discovery Family in 2010. The cartoon follows the magical Princess Twilight Sparkle and her trusted dragon assistant Spike, who live in Ponyville in the enchanted land of Equestria, along with her colorful pony friends – honest Applejack, generous Rarity, kind Fluttershy, loyal Rainbow Dash and fun-loving Pinkie Pie. Together, they teach one another valuable lessons about the most powerful magic of all – the magic of friendship.
The series is produced by Allspark Animation for Discovery Family.