My recommendations for Season 8 have been UPDATED for October 2017. Here they are!:
1. More Starlight Glimmer
Even though Starlight is no longer Twilight's student, as she's graduated in Celestial Advice, she still might want to continue with her character development. This season, she's already had at least two adventures without Twilight (the latter also with Trixie).
Along with this in effect, I'd also like to see the following below:
2. Limited episodes focusing on multiple Mane Six ponies
For this next season, within all episodes focusing on more than one Mane Six pony, Twilight or Fluttershy has to be at least one of them. That means I want NO RariPie, NO RariDash, NO AppleDash, NO PinkieJack, NO PinkieDash, and especially NO RariJack; I'm sure we've seen a lot of all six of these BFF pairs already.
As far as I'm aware, I'm sure a lot of you never liked Applejack's "Day" Off or Honest Apple, which are both RariJack episodes.
3. Shining Armor episode
Other than Once Upon a Zeppelin, Shining Armor hasn't even gotten ONE episode for himself all series! With Season 8 coming up, we should expect at least one episode that mostly focuses on him. Don't forget, Celestia and Luna already got theirs.
4. More Spike than in Season 7
In Seasons 5 and 7 (but not Season 6), poor Spike didn't get much main focus episodes. Moreover, his story arc is not finished. Maybe next season, he could have an episode with Fluttershy, like where he helps her overcome her fear of dragons so she can make friends with Princess Ember. I do want to point out that Fluttershy might still be afraid of dragons, and since Ember is a dragon, this would be a great idea to resolve everything.
5. Two families together
I thought Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy's families would interact in Season 7, but because of Rock Solid Friendship, that potential instantly became invalid. Of course, Maud Pie has appeared in at least one episode of every season since her debut, so next season, she'll still have another chance of interacting with another family. In this case, I want it to be Fluttershy's family.
6. No more episodes similar to To Change a Changeling
Never, ever, EVER again do I want to see another episode where we see absolutely no characters that appeared in at least two episodes of each of the first four seasons, whether if they are main, secondary, or background. While most of us liked To Change a Changeling, I can tell you this: not one Mane Six pony or background pony or any regularly seen secondary pony (other than Starlight) showed up in that episode! The next time we ever see Pharynx, it better be with Spike or at least one Mane Six pony (I don't care who).
7. Completely different adventures for the Crusaders
Ever since the Cutie Mark Crusaders earned their cutie marks in Crusaders of the Lost Mark, all they've been doing were helping foals earn their Cutie Marks (like Tender Taps and Rumble), having the same old adventures with their three big sisters (like in Campfire Tales), and finding a true love for Big Mac. To be honest, I'm getting Sooo tired of those adventures repeating over and over again. Next season, the Crusaders seriously NEED to have some adventures they've never had before.
8. Gabby returns (with Gilda)
If you recall in a Cutie Mark Crusaders episode, Gabby was the latest new member of the Cutie Mark Crusaders. Unfortunately, we didn't see her at all in Season 7. I'd really like her to return in an episode someday, but this time, with Gilda.
9. Gummy and Angel
If you recall in Fluttershy Leans In, Fluttershy opened her own animal sanctuary, but Gummy wasn't in that episode. What you also should know is that in the Season 5 episode, Slice of Life, Gummy had narrative dialogue in one scene. Maybe this time, we'll see a Gummy and Angel episode that I predicted last year. What I'd like to see is an episode where Pinkie Pie asks Fluttershy to take care of Gummy for a few days while she goes on vacation with the Cake family.
10. Queen Chrysalis returns
Unless we get a Season 9, Queen Chrysalis should be the main antagonist of Season 8's finale. Her magic is so powerful, it could easily outrun any other villain's! What happens at the very end doesn't matter, whether if she dies or gets reformed. She did swore revenge on Starlight back in To Where and Back Again - Part 2, after all.
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Well, that's pretty much it. What do you think?