Banking on the massive success of Ryan Murphy’s Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, Netflix has decided to renew the series for two additional instalments. The debut season of the controversial TV drama series dropped in September this year and depicted the life/crimes of notorious American serial killer/mass murderer and sex offender Jeffrey Dahmer, who ruthlessly killed 17 men and boys. Despite some initial backslash, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story clocked in almost over 300 million hours of watch time to become one of Netflix’s most streamed shows. Naturally, it’s little wonder that Netflix wants to make more, but with Dahmer’s story essentially told, where will the new series go?
Following the record-breaking success of DAHMER – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, Ryan Murphy & Ian Brennan will create two more installments that will focus on other monstrous figures who have impacted society.
A second season of The Watcher has also been greenlit! pic.twitter.com/NmFdj6soJj
— Netflix (@netflix) November 7, 2022
The future seasons of the Monster series will dive into “other monstrous figures who have impacted society.” During the press release, Bela Bajaria, head of global TV at Netflix, said, “Audiences can’t take their eyes off Monster and The Watcher. The creative team of Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan on Monster along with Eric Newman on The Watcher are masterful storytellers who captivated audiences all over the world. The back-to-back force of these two series is due to Ryan’s distinct original voice which created cultural sensations and we are thrilled to continue telling stories in the Monster and Watcher universes.”
While there was no mention of which serial killer personalities the new seasons will focus on, fans have already started to speculate/suggest whom they would like to see. Notorious serial killers like Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, and even Billy Milligan are some of the names that are being thrown around, but nothing has been confirmed at the moment.
While this might come as a delightful piece of news for some, there are numerous people who are unhappy with the streaming giant’s decision of renewing the whole thing. Many viewers are of the opinion that shows like this glorifies serial killers and their acts while simultaneously promoting brutality and sadistic behaviour.
The show’s co-creator, Ian Brennan, on the other hand, thinks otherwise and argues that isn’t the case “at all.” While talking about the show Brennan told Page Six, “I think we show a human being. He’s monstrously human and he’s monstrously monstrous and that’s what we wanted to sort of unpack. We tried to show an objective portrait as possible. We did our homework.”
Whatever the case might be, Netflix seems to be fully confident with the move and is betting big on the series’s success. Apart from the season renewal announcement, nothing much was shared. Release dates for the future seasons of Netflix’s Monster series have yet to be announced. Season one of Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is already streaming on Netflix and you can view the trailer above.