Creator Patrick Somerville said "no" when asked if there were discussions to bring his Netflix series back for a second season. Director Cary Fukunaga previously said he wouldn't return for another season, if Maniac was renewed. "This was always planned as a limited series, and I think that's another reason why we had the freedom to have a more hopeful ending," says Somerville. "A lot of times on TV, you have to throw your characters into distress again near the end to buy the next season, and we don't have to do that. It is a tremendous amount of energy and imagination to just to make a new show, and so you do have this feeling of wanting to hold on and keep using it, because there's so much imagination in there, but I think part of why Maniac had that improvisational feeling along the way was knowing that this is it. Let's do it now, because this is what Maniac is."