UPDATE: August 24, 2020, at 5 p.m. ET — Due to coronavirus-related circumstances, season two of The Society has been canceled. “We’ve made the difficult decision not to move forward with second seasons of The Society and I Am Not Okay With This,” Netflix said in a statement to Deadline. “We’re disappointed to have to make these decisions due to circumstances created by COVID, and we are grateful to these creators, including: Jonathan Entwistle, Christy Hall, Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Dan Cohen, and Josh Barry at 21 Laps Entertainment for I Am Not Okay With This; Chris Keyser, Marc Webb and Pavlina Hatoupis for The Society; and all the writers, casts, and crews who worked tirelessly to make these shows for our members around the world.”
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
In news that will either excite or terrify you, Netflix’s The Society has officially been renewed for a second season. The streaming platform made this announcement on Tuesday, July 9, with a video featuring all the cast members. “We can’t wait for you guys to see what happens next. It will be worth the wait,” Jacques Colimon, who plays Will, says in the clip.
Here’s hoping that’s true. After all, the season one finale left us with some pretty brutal cliffhangers. Who is the father of Becca’s baby? Is there a future for Sam and Grizz? And most important, what the hell will happen to New Ham now that Allie’s been overthrown as leader?
For those who need a quick refresher on The Society, it centers on a group of high school seniors who return home from a trip to find their town completely deserted. Literally everyone is gone: their family members, other friends, random people in town. Everyone! Gone! At first they revel in this lack of parental supervision, throwing wild parties in the town’s church and stealing junk food from the grocery store. But soon reality sets in that all is not well, and the group descends into chaos.
After her sister is murdered, Allie (Kathryn Newton) becomes the town’s de facto leader and creates a plan to maintain order. By the end of the season, though, she’s made some powerful enemies who dismantle her regime. And what’s more, we learn the group’s town hasn’t actually been deserted. Rather, they’re in a parallel universe, residing in a place that just looks like their home. Creepy, right?
Details about The Society season two are sparse at this time, but here’s what we do know:
The premiere date. Sometime in 2020, according to the video Netflix dropped on July 9. Watch it for yourself, below:
We will get answers. If the video is any indication, we’ll learn who the father of Becca’s child is and also what happened to Charlie, Elle’s dog who mysteriously went missing.
Who’s returning? From the looks of the season two announcement, everyone. All the actors who had primary roles in The Society season one appear in the clip, so it’s safe to say all the major narratives will continue.
Campbell’s plans for domination will fall through. The Society’s resident villain played a key role in overthrowing Allie, and now he’s partially in power. But Toby Wallace, who plays Campbell, doesn’t think his character will ultimately get what he wants. “The way things end in the show, there’s quite a lot of potential for the shift in power and a shift in kind of alliances between characters, including the relationship between me and Elle, and various other characters,” he told Cosmopolitan. “I think Campbell’s mission to get power, as successful as he seems to be, will probably fall at some point.… I’ll be surprised if he’s completely successful.”
Harry and Allie might join forces. They’re on opposing sides by the season finale—Harry’s now in power, and Allie’s imprisoned—but Kathryn Newton, who plays Allie, thinks that might change. “Harry really likes Allie, he might help her out and come back around,” she tells Cosmo. “He looked pretty sad when she was taken away.”
Grizz and Sam will probably become a couple. Bless up! My faves! “I think the fans are clamoring for it, so I think there will be reconciliation, I’m sure,” Jack Mulhern (who plays Grizz) tells Metro.
We’ll see more of actual West Ham in season two. Meaning, the parents. Remember, they’re all coping with the mysterious loss of their children. “Yes, I think we have the flexibility to go back and see [more of the parents], but I still think you wouldn’t end up feeling any kind of parity between the two sides of the show,” showrunner Chris Keyser tells the Hollywood Reporter.
Race and class issues will be explored even more. These topics were touched on in season one, but Keyser tells THR that season two digs deeper. “This season deals a lot with men versus women, and it deals only briefly with race, but I think you can expect that conversation about class and race to keep coming up. All these things need to be relitigated in a world in which there are no givens,” he says. “We hope, over time, and if we’re lucky enough to get a season two, to explore all the social contract questions that we take for granted.”
We’ll update this post with more information as it comes in.