Twilight Sparkle's Retro Media Library
Twilight Sparkle's Retro Media Library

The Return of Harmony is the first Season 2 episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Like Friendship is Magic, it is a two-part story.


Part 1: The peace of Equestria is threatened when Discord, spirit of Chaos, escapes from his imprisonment in stone. Twilight and her friends must defeat him using the Elements of Harmony. If only they can find them!

Part 2: Discord's mischief causes a rift between the six friends and renders the Elements of Harmony useless. Twilight needs to rekindle their friendship in order to use the Elements against Discord.


Development of The Return of Harmony started on March 23, 2010, when it was originally titled "Seeds of Chaos", and was going to be a direct-to-DVD special following Season 1. Another episode titled "Label Pains" was in pre-production with it, but that episode never got an outline nor ever appeared in the writing schedule, unlike Seeds of Chaos.

On April 29, 2010, Seeds of Chaos was added to the Season 1 writing schedule as a two-part episode. M.A. Larson wrote a full outline for the episodes from April 29 through May 28, 2010, then the first full script from June 2–23, with revisions made from July 22 through August 20. Voice recording began on August 3, 2010.

Both episodes moved to Season 2 on August 6, 2010, then were re-titled "A Maze-ing Adventure" on August 19, almost two weeks later.

The full animatics for this episode were submitted for review on November 3, 2010 for part 1 and November 9 for part 2. Both episodes were re-titled again to "The Return of Harmony" on February 9, 2011.

The client cut was submitted for review on March 7, 2011 for part 1 and March 16 for part 2.

Production was officially complete on May 3, 2011 for part 1 and May 9 for part 2.


This episode features the following characters:

Main characters
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Twilight Sparkle
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Pinkie Pie
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04 - Rainbow Dash.png
Rainbow Dash
05 - Rarity.png
06 - Applejack.png
Other characters
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11 - Princess Celestia.png
Princess Celestia
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Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo
07 - Spike.png

Home media

DVDs with this episode:

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Season Two
(May 14, 2013)
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Cutie Mark Quests
(June 30, 2015)




"My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" - Season 2 Premiere Clip

September 12, 2011


"My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" - Season 2 Clip

September 15, 2011


"The Return of Harmony - Part 2" - My Little Pony Friendship is Magic

September 22, 2011