The Addams family’s most notorious and popular member, Wednesday, is coming back for another bout. In a move that surprised no one, streaming giant Netflix officially greenlit Wednesday season two, following the chart-topping success of the Tim Burton-led debut instalment. The TV show is currently the second most-streamed English language series on Netflix, helping to reignite a new interest in the cooky and spooky family unit.
More torture is coming. Lucky you. pic.twitter.com/t11LptFk7e
— Wednesday Addams (@wednesdayaddams) January 6, 2023
The series follows the life of Wednesday Addams (portrayed by Jenna Ortega), a teenage girl, whose cold, emotionless, gothic qualities and rebellious nature make it hard for her to socialise and make friends, even in a setting that supposedly suits her down to a tee. The season season announcement came with a teaser that contains shots from the debut season, while Ortega narrates, “Over the past few weeks, I’ve been hunted, haunted, and mimicked millions of times across the internet.” Further adding, “It’s been pure torture. Thank you.”
From the moment the series debuted on Netflix, critics and audiences have lauded Wednesday for its fresh and relevant approach, without straying too far from the original story framework. During a conversation with Tudum, Netflix’s in-house publication, Ortega said, “(Wednesday) sticks to her guns, and she’s not out to please anybody. Which, as someone who used to be an immense people pleaser, I really respect.”
Season one of the smash hit series concluded with Wednesday getting menacing messages from an unfamiliar number on her newly-gifted smartphone. The text reads “I’m watching you,” and depicts images of her having coffee. Following this, Wednesday gratifyingly reveals she has her “very first stalker”.
In a press release, Wednesday season one co-showrunners Miles Millar and Alfred Gough said, “We can’t wait to dive headfirst into another season and explore the kooky, spooky world of Nevermore. We just need to make sure Wednesday hasn’t emptied the pool first.”
While no plot points have been outlined as of yet, Wednesday season two will likely follow the stalker arc, however, it would be nice to see the lives of the other members of the Addams family fleshed out a little more. Show co-runner Millar said that there are still plenty of things left to be unpacked, especially with a new stalker character in the picture. “(The stalker proves) that threats remain out there… to both Wednesday and the school,” Millar said. “Not all loose ends have been tied up as neatly as she thinks they have.”
There is no official word on when Wednesday season two will premiere or how many episodes the next season will include, but one thing is for certain – Netflix is banking on Wednesday being more than a flash in the pan.