‘The Society’ was one of Netflix’s biggest successes of 2019. So, why was it canceled? HollywoodLife is breaking down everything about ‘The Society’ and if there’s potential for season 2.
Everyone was talking about The Society after its launch on May 10, 2019. The Netflix comedy became a major smash on the streaming service and produced stars out of its young, mainly unknown cast. Fans waited impatiently for season 2, only to find out it wasn’t happening. Understandably, fans were devastated.
The Netflix comedy follows a group of high school students who venture out on a camping vacation. When they return home, they find themselves in what looks to be a parallel reality – with all of the grownups gone. Initially, the increased freedom is appreciated, but things quickly spiral out of hand.
The save the society petition made me feel so happy ❤️🥺 I signed it Hehe #TheSociety so much love!
— KATHRYN NEWTON (@kathrynnewton) August 24, 2020
The kids seek to uncover answers about what’s happened to them while also trying to maintain order amongst themselves. Alliances are formed and enemies are forged, with some not making it out alive in this modern take on Lord of the Flies. Cassandra (Rachel Keller) prominently climbs as a leader in the beginning, but she is shockingly murdered off in episode 3. The finish of the first season left things wide open for a season 2. Here’s everything we know about The Society season 2:
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Will There Be A ‘The Society’ Season 2?
No, there will not be a second season. Unfortunately, The Society season 2 is not happening. The show was actually renewed for season 2 in July 2019, with filming set to start underway in March 2020. The following cast members were expected to return: 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. However, Netflix changed the decision in August 2020. As of today, The Society season 2 has been canceled.
What Was the Reason for the Cancellation?
The COVID-19 epidemic was blamed by Netflix for the surprise termination of The Society season 2. In a statement released on August 21, 2020, Netflix said, “We’ve made the difficult choice 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 as a result of COVID’s circumstances, and we’re 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
The Society and I Are Not Okay With This were canceled due to a lack of certainty about production schedules, balancing the requirements and availability of a huge ensemble [The Society], and unanticipated budget hikes due to COVID. The cast of The Society was mostly made up of series regulars. For season 2, Olivia Nikkanen, who played Gwen, was promoted to a series regular.
The cast, like the millions of admirers, was crushed by the cancellation. Kathryn Newton, who portrayed Allie, uploaded a screenshot of a Zoom conversation with the cast hours after the news was disclosed. She wrote, “I am proud,” with a heart emoji. Alex Fitzalan, who played Harry on the show, shared a series of images from his time on set. “I appreciate everyone’s patience in following along and waiting so long. I’m sorry, but there isn’t a chapter 2 to complete this story. “BYE HARRY BINGHAM,” he wrote with a photo of Harry and Allie on Instagram.
The cancellation of the renewal was “very distressing,” according to creator Christopher Keyser. “We spent the last few months getting ready to go back, dealing with all the COVID protocols,” he told Variety. Then I got a call from Netflix, which said, “We have made this decision.” It was jarring and disturbing.”
— KATHRYN NEWTON (@kathrynnewton) August 21, 2020
Season 1 comes to a close.
The first season of The Society concluded on a cliffhanger. Campbell (Toby Wallace), Lexie (Grace Victoria Cox), and Harry deposed Allie as New Ham’s commander. Allie and Will (Jacques Colimon) were kidnapped and held captive. After framing Allie and Will, Campbell, Harry, and Lexie chose to become New Ham’s new leaders.
Outside of New Ham, Grizz (Jack Mulhern), Bean (Salena Qureshi), and others located new, fertile territory to live on. When they return to New Ham, they discover Allie and Will have been arrested. The series concludes with a return to West Ham. Cassandra and Allie’s mother is seen reading a book to youngsters near a memorial with the names of all the New Ham teenagers trapped.
Fans were left wondering if the teenagers were genuinely dead or if they were part of some sort of social experiment in the final scene. The Society never revealed the father of Becca’s kid, in addition to all the concerns regarding why the teenagers are stuck in New Ham. (Doesn’t it have to be Campbell?)
Allie does not appear afraid in the final scenes of the film when she is being whisked away and screamed at. The look on Allie’s face in the finale was explained by Kathryn. “She rapidly understood the laws of power, one of which is not to divulge what you know.” In 2019, Kathryn told Refinery29, “She’s going to let someone fail.”
HollywoodLife In November 2020, Kathryn chatted with HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY about The Society. “One hundred percent they are endgame,” Kathryn remarked of Allie and Harry. That is all there is to it. They’re intended to be together. They were made for each other.” In season 2, she was “definitely hoping for some more Hallie content.”
Grace was quite interested in seeing the “chaos” in New Ham, which was led by Lexie, Campbell, and Harry. “I’d love to see Lexie attempting to govern New Ham and it just going terrible because of Campbell and the guard and Harry, and all of the turmoil that they’d get into, I think that would be incredibly entertaining to act in and for people to watch,” she told Cosmopolitan UK.
Season 2 was supposed to be “a plunge into greater depravity — the rules don’t hold,” according to the show’s creator, who spoke to Variety. He also mentioned that the show’s major mysteries would have been resolved. “We spent a lot of time discussing the reasons why West Ham’s children became New Ham’s children. What caused it, and how they might get back home,” he explained. The show was supposed to last for five seasons, according to Christopher.
Season 2 would have been much more deadly than the first, according to Christopher. While Allie and Cassandra “didn’t seek revenge on their opponents,” the program was “coming to the point where characters are genuinely punishing individuals who disagree with them, and that’s a real concern” at the end of the season.
Shows That Are Like ‘The Society’
While a second season of The Society is unlikely, there is a lot of series to watch to satisfy your Society’s needs. The Wilds will be exactly up your alley if you enjoy The Society. The Amazon Prime Video series started in 2020 and follows a group of teen girls from various backgrounds who were stuck on a secluded island. They quickly learn they’re taking part in a large-scale social experiment. The program has been renewed for a second season, and Alex Fitzalan of The Society has joined the cast!
The Society and The Wilds are both in the same vein as The 100. The series, which debuted on The CW in 2014, is set 97 years after society has been devastated by nuclear war. In the hopes of repopulating the planet, a spaceship carrying 100 juvenile delinquents is sent back to Earth. Things swiftly go bad as soon as they land on Earth. Netflix has all seven seasons of the show available.
The Society was full of intrigue, and if you enjoy dark teen dramas, 13 Reasons Why is the perfect binge-watch. Netflix has all four seasons available to view. In the year 2020, the Outer Banks became a major quarantine hotspot. From youthful angst to epic romances to unexpected revelations, the series has it all. Before season two comes out, binge-watch the first season. Season 2 of Outer Banks has yet to be announced, however, it is expected to premiere in 2021.
Also, if you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t seen Stranger Things yet, you should do so. In the first three seasons, there’s plenty of intrigue and excitement to go around, and season four is on the way!
We’re not going to lie: we’re still disappointed that The Society season 2 won’t be returning. When it comes to this era of revivals and reboots, though, hope is never totally lost. If you can’t get enough of The Society, you can binge-watch the first season on Netflix. That ideal first season will live on in the minds of fans for the rest of their lives.