Netflix’s “Wednesday” hasn’t been officially renewed for a second season as yet, but it seems a certainty at this point that we’ll return to this new spin on “The Addams Family” considering its success.
The Jenna Ortega-led series racked up 1.2 billion hours in its first 28 days of viewing, the title only the third Netflix series to cross the 1 billion hour mark in that time, and behind only “Squid Game” and the recent fourth season of “Stranger Things” on the streamer’s all-time list.
The story centers around the Wednesday Addams character and is set to chronicle her adolescence – and the nature of the series allows for a quite different setting for the second season.
Showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar spoke last week with THR about where the show could go next and indicate the plan is to keep working on Wednesday’s relationships – especially with her mother Morticia (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and her friend Enid (Emma Myers). Gough says:
“We wanna sort of explore and sort of complicate all of those relationships going forward. The school was closed when they left, which gave us the most possibilities for season two, and I think that’s something that we’re excited to explore.
For us, the show also is really about this female friendship, with Wednesday and Enid really being at the center of that. The fact that they really connected with audiences, it has been really gratifying. So, we’re excited to explore now that Wednesday’s dipped her toe into the friendship pool. What’s that gonna look like? It’s like, she hugged. That was her big arc for the season, right? So it’s like now, we do that.
Then, the other thing that’s really interesting is to continue to explore the Wednesday-Morticia mother-daughter relationship as well, which, now that Morticia knows about the power, it has given her sort of an idea of how that’s going to go. How is their relationship going to evolve?”
The series creators also touched upon fan speculation that Wednesday and Enid might end up in a romantic relationship. Millar says nothing is off the table, but they will only explore her sexuality if it feels organic to the story:
“This idea of sisterhood is key to the show. We’re not gonna discount anything, and, obviously, sometimes characters reveal themselves, which is the fun thing we love about television, that it’s an organic journey. We have a roadmap, and we’d like to have routes along that map that take you in unexpected directions. So, we’re open to everything.
We wanna explore that friendship in every way, but we’re not gonna be, this is where you sometimes get misdirected by fans and things like that, so it’s just being really open to see how those characters develop and that friendship…[which] is key to our sort of vision of the show.”
The series also stars Luis Guzman as Gomez Addams, Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley, Fred Armisen as Uncle Fester, Christina Ricci as Marilyn Thornhill, George Burcea as Lurch, Gwendoline Christie as Principal Larissa Weems, Riki Lindhome as Dr. Valerie Kinbott, Jamie McShane as Sheriff Donovan Galpin, and Joy Sunday as Bianca Barclay.
The full first season of “Wednesday” is available to stream on Netflix now.