Society season 2: All you need to know
The Society debuted on May 10, 2019. It was one of Netflix’s greatest hit of the same year. Fans have been eagerly waiting for season 2, but to their utter surprise, the following season wasn’t happening.
The series follows a bunch of high school teenagers heading out on a camping trip. When they arrive home, they find themselves in an unusual place that seems to be a parallel world with no adults. The teenagers try to find an answer among themselves. Enemies were lurking everywhere; alliances were formed, some were killed off while others were trying to make it out alive. Although the first season ended with an opening for a possible season 2, so far, this is entirely too good to be accurate as we know that season 2 is not returning.
In July 2019, the show was renewed for season 2, and the filming was expected to be scheduled in March 2020. The following cast members of The Society expected to return on the set; Kathryn Newton, Alex Fitzalan, Kristine Froseth, Toby Wallace, Jacques Colimon, Gideon Adlon, Sean Berdy, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Olivia DeJonge, Salena Qureshi, Alex MacNicoll, Jack Mulhern, Spencer House, Emilio Garcia-Sanchez, Grace Victoria Cox, and José Julián. But unfortunately, in August 2020, Netflix reversed the decision and the second season was canceled.
The rest of the cast was confused and devastated by the cancelation, and so were the fans. Some time later after the news was disclosed, star Kathryn Newton, who played Allie, in a tweet that said: “I am Proud.” She posted a screenshot with the cast on a video call.
Alex Fitzalan, who played as Harry, also posted several pictures of his time while working on the show. On Instagram he uploaded a picture of Harry and Allie that captioned, “Thank you all for following along and waiting so patiently for so long. I’m sorry there’s no chapter 2 to finish up this story. BYE HARRY BINGHAM.”
Creator Christopher Keyser also expressed his disappointment and called the renewal reversal “pretty upsetting.”
Why Was The Society Season 2 Canceled?
Netflix blamed the unexpected cancellation of the show’s season 2 on the Covid-19 pandemic that has disrupted the whole film industry. On August 21, 2020, Netflix said in a statement, “We’ve made the difficult decision not to move forward with second seasons of The Society and I Am Not Okay With This,”. “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.”
“We spent the last bunch of months getting ready to go back again, dealing with all the COVID protocols. And then I got a call from Netflix saying, ‘We have made this decision.’ It was obviously pretty upsetting and abrupt,” said Keyser (via Variety).
“We were dealing with Netflix and the rise in the budget and all of that kind of stuff,” Keyser explained. “There were ongoing conversations, we knew that there were challenges for this.”
Keyser also said that The Society season two “was meant to be shot mostly in the summer, but we were heading back into fall and winter. And then they made the decision that it was too much. That’s, I guess, how it goes.”
“I can’t pretend I’m surprised,” he continued. “I know we had many months of conversations about the challenges of producing in this environment.”
“Obviously, no one wants to see the story they’re writing end, and I would like the characters not to end up as the children of New Ham, to have disappeared suddenly, abruptly, never to be seen again. But I’m not entirely in control of that.”
“This is extremely upsetting,” he added. “But it would be for anyone. We have no choice but to, as so many people do within this period, deal with the losses that this pandemic has caused. I guess we’re like all those small businesses and restaurants that closed and aren’t going to reopen. Our people are out of jobs, but that’s true all around the country.”
Stay tuned for more updated information about The Society Season 2.