But where will it go from here?
The End of the F***king World has taken the world by storm. Good teen shows with fantastic soundtracks hit a very fervent demographic, and this new British dark comedy is no different. Featuring the lives of two… off-kilter teenagers (to put it mildly), the adaptation has garnered quite a fanbase — we love it too — so news that a second season could be in the works is extra exciting. According to Uproxx, both the original comics creator Charles Forsman and series showrunner Jonathan Entwistle have basically confirmed that talks within the Netflix ranks are ongoing.
The first season of The End of the F***king World follows 17-year-old James (Alex Lawther), who believes he’s a psychopath and wants to kill someone. That someone happens to be his rebellious classmate, Alyssa (Jessica Barden), who has her own demons to contend with. Together, the two embark on a road trip, and although James only agrees to it due to his own ulterior motives, both eventually form a bond. According to our critic Rob Hunter, “James and Alyssa are far more than the character cliches they first seem to be,” which is the biggest selling point of the show.
An overall sentiment towards The End of the F***king World has been that although more seasons would be okay, the first is, in its own way, rather complete. When asked if a Season 2 for The End of the F***king World is definitely coming our way, Forsman says:
“I don’t know. The people at the top are still talking. I haven’t heard much lately, but I’m sure they’re all seeing the begging of people online for it. So we’ll see. We’ll see what happens.”
Entwistle confirms the impassioned pleas of fans, although he does acknowledge that the show was specifically written to be “definitive without being definitive.” He also goes onto say that, “I hope that it leaves the show open for expanding the world,” which is perhaps a persuasive indicator of what a second season could look like.
However, Entwistle seems to take both enthusiasm and criticism well when considering the continuation of The End of the F***king World, and is open to hearing from fans about what they think makes a good follow-up season to the smash hit. He says:
“Every day, I get thousands of social media messages about ‘When is Season 2 happening?’ or ‘I have an idea for Season 2!’ It’s constant, but then I’ve also seen the series of press and reviews from the slightly older viewers where they’re like, ‘You can’t make a Season 2 because it would do this, this, and this.’ All these conversations are valid. So we’re looking at what the people who loved the show are saying, to see how we can unpack that, and how we could continue the tone of the show. Because I think that is so crucial: Without the comic as a backbone … how do we execute the world of ‘The End of the F***ing World’ and still keep it fresh and exciting?”
Perhaps the equally open-ended and conclusive finish to the first season of The End of the F***king World could truly produce something unexpected, should Season 2 come to fruition. Of course, Netflix is looking at the numbers and conversations on social media; Season 2 would be a big financial opportunity regardless. But there’s something liberating in getting to take James and Alyssa’s relationship to new territory without the confines of adaptation. Although there’s not much else to go on at the moment, Entwistle appears committed to doing the characters justice, and that alone sounds promising.