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

The Times They Are a Changeling is the 16th Season 6 episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

This episode last aired on Discovery Family on December 27, 2019.


Spike travels with Twilight and Sunburst back to the Crystal Empire to visit Flurry Heart, only to discover that the entire Empire is in a panic due to the reported presence of Changeling spy.

Production timeline

February 10, 2015 Premise written by Michael Vogel. Originally, Starlight Glimmer didn't go with Twilight and Spike to the Crystal Empire.
February 20, 2015 Episode listed as #617.
March 12, 2015 Episode moved up to #616.
March 16, 2015 Outline written by Kevin Burke and Chris "Doc" Wyatt. Starlight Glimmter is written in.
April 10, 2015 First draft of the script written.
May 5, 2015 Second draft of the script written.
May 14, 2015 Polish draft written.
May 19, 2015 Script approved.
May 28, 2015 Final draft.
June 17–August 19, 2015 Voice recording in session.
July 21, 2015 Piano demo for "A Changeling Can Change" composed and performed.
August 14, 2015 Final mix for "A Changeling Can Change" composed and performed.
November 19, 2015 Animatic submitted for review.
April 12, 2016 Client cut of animated episode submitted for review.
May 12, 2016 Musical score added.
May 30, 2016 Completed production.


This episode features the following characters:

Main characters
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Twilight Sparkle
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Starlight Glimmer
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Princess Cadance
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Shining Armor
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Flurry Heart

Home media

DVDs with this episode:

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Exploring the Crystal Empire
(February 7, 2017)
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Season Six
(November 7, 2017)