Despite the tumult and uncertainty in the entertainment world over the last year or so, one of the unambiguous positives for Netflix has been the success of Wednesday. The Addams Family spin-off/reimagining starring Jenna Ortega as the titular glum dynamo broke viewership records for Netflix in its first two weeks when it premiered last November.
In its first season, Wednesday struggled with the tricky tonal task of transporting the spooky girl who freaked out the normies in public school to the all-spooky Nevermore Academy. Despite these growing pains, Wednesday was a legitimate fan phenomenon, particularly among the TikTok set.
Series producers and co-showrunners Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (along with executive producer Tim Burton) now have a second season to look forward to, though like most productions this year, it's been a rocky road to getting started. Where do things stand for the Emmy-nominated series? And when can we expect it back? Here's everything we know so far about Wednesday Season 2.
At the end of the eight-episode first season, Wednesday was able to defeat secret villain Laurel Gates (Christina Ricci), who had resurrected her Puritan ancestor Joseph Crackstone (William Houston) to rid Nevermore Academy of its outcasts. Meanwhile, the Hyde monster that Gates had unleashed was revealed to be Wednesday's love interest Tyler (Hunter Doohan). Hyde was defeated by Wednesday's best pal Enid (Emma Myers) in werewolf form, though in the final moments of the season, as Tyler is being taken away by police in chains and an armored vehicle, we see Tyler begin to Hyde out.
Meanwhile, Wednesday, leaving Nevermore for winter break, got a text from an unknown stalker, complete with a death threat and photos that suggest they've been following her closely.
After "How is Thing alive if he's just a hand?," this is the biggest unanswered question at this point. No release date has been announced yet, though once production gets underway, Netflix will have a better idea of the schedule.
The WGA strike delayed script development for the second season, while the SAG-AFTRA strike delayed what had been a planned Fall 2023 start for filming. But with the AMPTP having come to its senses in September and again this November, TV shows are now back in production. According to Deadline, production on Wednesday is tentatively scheduled to begin in April.
The biggest change behind the scenes is that filming is moving from Romania, where Season 1 was filmed, to Ireland. Deadline, which reported the story, cited "logistical" issues with the Romanian location and compared the move to Prime Video's The Rings of Power moving from New Zealand to the UK.
Jenna Ortega will be back as Wednesday, as will Catherine Zeta-Jones and Luis Guzman as her parents, Morticia and Gomez Addams. According to Deadline’s November 13 article, Netflix extended the options on "the main Season 1 actors," though didn't specify whether that included people like Gwendoline Christie, whose Principal Weems was killed in Season 1. Between flashbacks and the supernatural, there are ways for characters to return, after all.
Not much else is known about the second season of the hit horror comedy series, but co-showrunners Alfred Gough and Miles Millar have hinted there may be more Addams family members on the way. At the Tudum fan event in June, Jenna Ortega said she was crossing her fingers that Cousin Itt would show up in Season 2. Other cast members floated the idea of Wednesday's grandmother appearing on the Netflix show.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Gough and Millar discussed some dynamics from Season 1 that they wanted to explore further in Season 2. "For us," Gough said, "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."
Another vein to be tapped is the rocky relationship between Wednesday and her mother, Morticia, which is expected to evolve now that Morticia knows that her daughter shares her psychic abilities. Also, at the summer Tudum event, cast members Ortega, Doohan, Myers, and Joy Sunday talked about fan theories like Joseph Crackstone’s ring and a possible mystery regarding Lurch (George Burcea) and his past.
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Joe Reid is the senior writer at Primetimer and co-host of the This Had Oscar Buzz podcast. His work has appeared in Decider, NPR, HuffPost, The Atlantic, Slate, Polygon, Vanity Fair, Vulture, The A.V. Club and more.