In a statement to Deadline, HBO announced, “We will not be pushing forward with a second season of Lovecraft Country.” “We are appreciative for the talented cast and crew’s passion and artistry, as well as Misha Green’s innovative series.” Thank you for being a part of this journey with us, fans.”
The powerful Lovecraft Country grabbed pop culture by storm in August with its unique blend of horror, fictional period drama, real historical personalities, fantasy, sci-fi, and social criticism, and helped forward the social conversation sparked by George Floyd’s death.
The series starring Jurnee Smollett and Jonathan Majors surged in popularity thanks to strong word of mouth, with the Season 1 finale attracting a series-high audience on HBO (1.5 million) and becoming the most watched new episode of an original series on HBO Max on its first day of availability.
The opening episode had surpassed the 10 million viewer mark by the time the finale was released in October.
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However, the positive response to the first season of Lovecraft Country, which Green created, executive produced, and showrun and was produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions, did not ensure a renewal.
Season 1 was based on Matt Ruff’s book, which served as a guide for the rest of the series. HBO pursued a potential second chapter of Lovecraft Country in the same way it pursued other shows, most notably Big Little Lies, which ended up generating an original second season after a first installment based on Liane Moriarty’s novel.
In February, Casey Bloys, Chief Content Officer of HBO and HBO Max, said Deadline, “Misha is working with a small team of writers and they’re coming up with a take.”
“In the first season, she had a book to work on. She and the writers wanted to go out and find out what kind of journey they wanted to take without writing a book with these people. We’re all hoping she’ll have a story to tell.
She’s now working on those concepts there. We’re giving them time to work because I’m optimistic, as is Misha.”
After much deliberation, the decision was taken not to continue with a second season.
Green told Deadline where she planned to take the series after the Lovecraft Country conclusion aired in October. Green, who co-created another acclaimed series, WGN America’s Underground, before developing Lovecraft Country, said, “I envision a second season that carries on the spirit of Matt Ruff’s novel by continuing to reclaim the genre storytelling space that people of color have typically been left out of.”
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The first season of Lovecraft Country saw Atticus Freeman (Majors) on a road trip throughout 1950s Jim Crow America with his childhood friend Letitia (Smollett) and uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) in search of his missing father Montrose (Michael Kenneth Williams).
Their search-and-rescue mission becomes a battle to survive and conquer both white America’s racist terrors and hideous creatures straight out of an H.P. Lovecraft book.
Green wrote and executive produced Lovecraft Country. Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions label executive produced the film. Executive produced by Abrams and Ben Stephenson through Bad Robot Production in collaboration with Warner Bros. Television. Bill Carraro also served as an executive producer on the film.
Yann Demange, the director of the first episode, and Daniel Sackheim, the director of the second and third episodes, were also executive producers. The first episode of the series was executive produced by David Knoller.
The plot of Season 2 of The Lovecraft Country
The first season’s season finale appears to bring the plot full circle, with Atticus dying and Ji-vision coming to fruition. Ah’s Diana has been cursed, and Montrose, Leti, and Hippolyta are attempting to free her.
The gang enters an ancient dream after unlocking the book of names, where Atticus meets his mother, Dora. They’ll decipher Christina’s immortality spell and utilize it to free Diana from the curse. Diana is rescued, but only in return for a bionic arm.
Season 2 Cast of Lovecraft Country
Given that some of the show’s main protagonists died in the season 1 finale, several prominent cast members would have been absent from Lovecraft Country season 2 if it had gone ahead.
If a second season had been made, Jurnee Smollett, Michael K. Williams, Aunjanue Ellis, Jada Harris, and Jamie Chung would almost certainly have repeated their roles. Atticus from the Majors and Ruby from Wunmi Mosaku could have appeared in flashbacks, but it’s unlikely they would have returned in their entirety.
New characters, such as a young George Freeman (Atticus and Leti’s son), may have been brought to the cast.