First Kill was axed officially on August 2, 2022, by Netflix. The cancellation news came less than 2 months after its 8-episode first season which debuted on June 10, 2022, on Netflix. Hence, there won’t be a second season of First Kill.
The actors starring in the series expressed their love for the drama series soon after the cancellation announcement, with Imani Lewis, who portrayed a female-led role Calliope Burns or Cal, posting a picture on her official Instagram account with a caption that said: “Forever honored. Forever grateful. To know that this show has touched so many of you is all I could ever ask for. Thank you for letting me portray so many of your beautiful truths through Cal.
“I pray I served you well. Till our next adventure… but you never forget your first.”
Sarah Catherine Hook, who portrayed Juliette Fairmont, also conveyed her dismay but shared a heart warming statement that stated: “So many of you connecting with Juliette means more to me than words can say. Thank you to all who loved & supported our special show. Love you forever, Jules.”
Actor Dominic Goodman, who portrayed Apollo Burns, also shared on his Twitter handle: “To all the First Kill fans; I have nothing but love for every single one of you! Thank you all for taking the show in as your own, seeing you all feel seen made all the hard work and hours worth it. until the next project.”
Why First Kill Was Cancelled After Season One?
The exact reason is not known nor did Netflix provided any comment on this matter. But looking back at the several loose strings that left behind in the first season, it appears that First Kill wasn’t meant to be a limited series. The decision to axe the program solely came down on the viewership, as Variety reported.
Caroline Framke of Variety shared her harsh opinion on the series, stating:
“For all the work First Kill puts into making sure it hits all the right notes, the series feels more like an uncanny valley version of what it’s attempting to be rather than a worthwhile story all its own.”
Deadline states: “According to sources, the series, which did not have the staying power of most Netflix hits, still did not meet thresholds for viewing and completion of episodes.”
Series creator Victoria Schwab addressed the cancellation on her Instagram explaining:
“The day I found out my first tv project was being picked up for an entire season, was one of the best days of my life. But that doesn’t mean this—the day it got cancelled—is the worst. Because the lack of a second season doesn’t erase the first. It happened, I got to see a great group of writers spin the thread, got to see an amazingly talented group of actors bring my characters to life. I know first hand, that stories never expire, that they wait for new readers, new viewers, to find them, and I’m so glad that First Kill will be there, for those who go looking.
“I’m proud of the cast and crew for bringing this to life with a wealth of talent and a mountain of heart, and grateful to the millions and millions of viewers who watched and championed and loved the show. Thank you.”