The comedy-horror series Wednesday has continued to attract lots of eyeballs since it debuted on Netflix last November 23rd. The Addams Family offshoot, starring Jenna Ortega in the titular role, racked up 341.2 million hours of viewing worldwide during its opening week, scoring the most viewing time in a single week for an English-language series on the streaming service.
Wednesday then broke its own record after accumulating 411.29 million hours of viewing across the globe in the week of November 28th-December 4th. This marks the first time any English-language series on Netflix has topped 400 million hours in a week. With all these record-breaking viewing figures, one would assume that the streamer has already ordered a Wednesday season 2. But has Netflix officially renewed the series for a sophomore run?
Will there be a Wednesday season 2?
Although Wednesday is now No. 3 in Netflix’s all-time ranking of English-language series with 752.52 million hours viewed — just behind Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story with 856.22 million hours and Stranger Things season 4 with 1.35 billion hours — there’s no word yet whether there will be a Wednesday season 2. But given its strong performance on the platform, it would be a surprise if Netflix doesn’t pick up Wednesday for a sophomore run.
How many seasons is Wednesday?
Wednesday currently has one season. And even though Wednesday season 2 is not confirmed yet, Miles Millar previously revealed that he and his co-showrunner Alfred Gough developed the series with multiple seasons in mind.
“For us, it’s always looking at the future, and when we sit down to create a show, it’s looking at multiple seasons, ideally,” Millar told Variety last month. “That’s never expected, but that’s the anticipation that hopefully, the show is successful. So you always lay out at least three or four seasons’ worth of potential storylines for the characters. It can evolve and change. Often, you want to see which characters or cast pop and who you like to write for. So you want to keep it open and organic enough to change it and evolve, but we certainly have a pretty clear runway of what we want to do in future seasons.”
What will happen in Wednesday season 2?
Though Wednesday season 2 is not yet set in stone, showrunners Miles Millar and Alfred Gough previously said that they would love to explore the other members of the Addams family.
“We just touched the surface with those characters, and the actors are so amazing in those roles,” Miles told TVLine last month. “Catherine [Zeta-Jones] is, I think, an iconic Morticia [Addams]. The relationship between Wednesday and Morticia is also essential to the show, and the idea that Wednesday is trying to forge her own path outside the family is so important.”
That, however, doesn’t necessarily mean that potential seasons of the show will steer away from the titular character. “The series is really about a girl who sees the world in black and white, and learning there are shades of gray,” Gough told TVLine, assuring fans that Wednesday will still be the focus of the show in the event it returns for another season.
In season 1, Wednesday formed some sort of friendship with Enid Sinclair (Emma Myers), Eugene Otinger (Moosa Mostafa), Xavier Thorpe (Percy Hynes White), and Bianca Barclay (Joy Sunday), among other students of Nevermore. But if the series returns for a season 2, fans can expect to see this friendship tested in different ways.
“I think like any relationship or any friendship, it can get complicated by other factors,” Gough said of Wednesday’s push-and-pull relationship with her fellow Nevermore students. “It’s never going to be smooth sailing. And it’s really her learning to navigate the ups and downs of friendship.”
Who will return for Wednesday season 2?
If Wednesday season 2 gets officially ordered, here are the cast members that will likely join the titular star, Jane Ortega, for the new batch of episodes:
- Jamie McShane as Sheriff Donovan Galpin
- Percy Hynes White as Xavier Thorpe
- Emma Myers as Enid Sinclair
- Joy Sunday as Bianca Barclay
- Moosa Mostafa as Eugene Otinger
- Georgie Farmer as Ajax Petropolus
- Naomi J. Ogawa as Yoko Tanaka
- Victor Dorobantu as Thing
- Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Addams
- Luis Guzmán as Gomez Addams
- Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley Addams
- George Burcea as Lurch
At the end of the season 1 finale, Tyler Galpin (Hunter Doohan) was seen restrained in the back of an armored vehicle as he morphed into the Hyde. So there’s a good chance that we have not seen the last of him.
Marilyn Thornhill (Christina Ricci) survived the bee attack at the end of the season 1 finale, so it won’t be a surprise if she also pops up in the potential Wednesday season 2.
Lastly, even though Principal Larissa Weems died in season 1, the actress who portrayed her, Gwendoline Christie, teased that her character’s journey in the series may not be over yet. “We haven’t seen her put in the ground, have we?”, Christie said in an interview with Digital Spy. “I feel like Larissa Weems would not really be prepared to entertain or be dominated by anything as commonplace as death.”
Wednesday season 2 release date
Netflix has yet to renew Wednesday for a season 2, but if the show’s sophomore run becomes official, the new batch of episodes won’t likely premiere until the beginning of 2024 at the earliest. This is according to Radio Times, which noted that filming on the eight-episode season 1 of the series started in September 2021 and was completed in March 2022.
About Netflix’s Wednesday
Created by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, Wednesday is an offshoot of The Addams Family franchise. It centers on a teenage Wednesday Addams (Jenna Ortega) who is expelled from her high school after dumping live piranhas into the school’s pool while the boys’ water polo team is practicing in retaliation for the team bullying her brother Pugsley (Isaac Ordonez). This leads her parents, Gomez (Luis Guzmán) and Morticia Addams (Luis Guzmán), to enroll her in Nevermore Academy, a school for monstrous outcasts in Jericho, Vermont, once attended by them.
In season 1, Wednesday attempts to master her emerging psychic ability and thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town. She also starts to piece together the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago, all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships with her fellow outcasts at Nevermore.
Is the show Wednesday on Netflix?
Yes. The coming-of-age supernatural series is exclusively streaming on Netflix.
Is Wednesday a kids show?
Wednesday is not a kids show. Though it has comedic elements, those are overshadowed by its dark themes that are not suitable for very young audiences.
What is the age rating for Wednesday?
Wednesday is rated TV-14 for fear, language, and violence. It means that it features some content that may not be suitable for children under 14 years old.
Who is Jenna Ortega?
Jenna Ortega is an American actress best known for her role as Wednesday Addams on Netflix’s Wednesday.
Ortega began her career in the entertainment industry as a child actress. After receiving praises for her role as young Jane on The CW comedy-drama series Jane the Virgin (2014-2019), she went on to star in the Disney Channel series Stuck in the Middle (Harley Diaz), for which she won an Imagen Award for her role as Harley Diaz.
Ortega also received critical praise for her performance as Vada Cavell in the 2021 teen drama The Fallout. Her other notable roles include Ellie Alves in season 2 of the Netflix thriller series You and Princess Isabel in the Disney animated series Elena of Avalor. She also recently appeared in the 2022 slasher films X and Scream.
She will be next seen in Scream 6, which is set to be released in 2023. She’s also part of the cast of the upcoming crime thriller Finestkind and the yet-to-be-released comedy-drama movie Miller’s Girl.