With the news earlier this week that Mike Flanagan, along with his partner Trevor Macy, will be leaving Netflix for Amazon Studios, a shadow of doubt was cast over the fate of his freshman series The Midnight Club. News was confirmed today that a second season of the Christopher Pike adaptations won’t come to fruition, but Flanagan wanted to give fans some closure.
In its tumblr page, the horror creator talked about the things that were left on the table and the future he had planned for the series and the characters that would have been developed for the second season, and maybe even after that.
“I am very disappointed that Netflix has decided not to follow up with a second season of The Midnight Club,” Flanagan posted. “My biggest disappointment is that we left so many stories open-ended, holding them back for the hypothetical second season, which is always a gamble. So I’m writing this blog as our official second season, so you can know what could have been.” , learn the fate of your favorite characters, and learn the answers to those dangling story threads from the first season. So, for those of you who want to know what we were planning to do, here’s a look at what Season 2 would have been like! “
Flanagan explained his plans with Amesh (Sauriyan Sapkota) and how his glioblastoma would progress rapidly. He would tell the season opening story, but would have a hard time pulling it off.
“We would focus on his love story with Natsuki during those first few episodes, as it becomes clear that Amesh’s death is imminent,” the showrunner said.
He also continued how the series would expand into other of Pike’s works, including his favorite Rescue Me, which is about a young woman who turns into a ghost and tries to solve her own murder. The story would have intersected for most of the season with five episodes.
“This was what excited me the most about this season,” he said. “We were going to use it as a vehicle for Ilonka to try to come to terms with the fact that he’s going to die, and start trying to understand that he’s a ghost… but this is the coolest part.” …the main character of Ilonka’s story would not be played by Ilonka. She would be played by… Anya.”
Flanagan explained that this way he would continue to use the same characters. As long as they are remembered by the club members, they will live on in their stories. He went on to say that there would be a new member in the club, and actually confirmed some fan theories, including that of the janitor, played by Robert Longstreet: he is Death.
“It turns out that no one else saw this character,” he stated. “Stanton has a cleaning service and the nurse practitioners do the rooms. The only people who have ever seen this mysterious janitor are the patients. He is Death and offers them kind words before they die.”
He went on to detail the fate of the rest of the class, including the idea of two of them living past lives, another element that Pike explored in his horror stories.
“I loved doing this show and I’m so proud of the cast and crew,” Flanagan concluded. “Particularly our cast, who attacked this story with incredible spirit and bravery every day.”
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