Fans of Netflix series The Society were hit with some bad news when it was announced that the series had been cancelled, Netflix opting not to go ahead with a second season “due to circumstances created by COVID.”
It’s always frustrating to be watching a show that is suddenly cut short in the middle of an unfolding story – and it’s even worse when the previous season ends on such a cliffhanger. Season 1’s ending (spoilers ahead) saw the group that had gone to explore find both farmable land and animals. But that was nothing compared to the reveal that all these youths were actually in a parallel world of West Ham; back home, life’s moved on, with the children believed to be missing.
Series creator Christopher Keyser (Party of Five) has shed a little light as to what could have unfolded in season 2. Talking to Variety, Keyser said that the second chapter would have seen those explorers set up their own community of sorts, the outpost. The season would have then explored “the eventual conflict between the outpost and the town over control.”
“It raised a lot of large questions about the way in which we treat each other, and the way we create caste systems and an underclass,” Keyser said. “It had big political implications, but also a lot of new relationships — and also resolving questions about who was in power, and who wasn’t.”
And yes, they would have tackled at least some of the why and how of it all. “We spent a lot of time talking about the reasons why the children of West Ham became the children of New Ham. What the cause of that was, how they might return home.”
Keyser expressed that he is keen to share more of the planned narrative with fans, “but it’s a little too soon.”
The cast and crew, understandably, were shocked by the news of the The Society‘s cancellation. “I’m heartbroken, so heartbroken,” series star Kathryn Newton said in a video reaction she shared on social media.
Keyser told Variety that Netflix’s sudden notification was “pretty upsetting and abrupt,” particularly after having “spent the last bunch of months getting ready to go back again, dealing with all the COVID protocols.”
While The Society seems to be well and truly over… you never know. Sure, every day that passes suggests the chances for a second season are getting smaller and smaller, but we’ve seen that loud enough fanbases can get shows picked up elsewhere down the road. Hashtag away.