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Da-na-na-num *snap, snap*
Wednesday spoilers follow.
A spin-off of The Addams Family would always be welcome (at least in this broken neck of the woods), and it’s no surprise that the family member who got the special treatment was eldest child, Wednesday.
Christina Ricci’s chilling, charismatic turn in the Barry Sonnenfeld movies elevated the firstborn Addams to iconic status, and when the franchise went animated in 2019, she was once again the focus (this time voiced by Chlöe Moretz).
Now there’s a new Netflix mystery series with our favourite emo (short for ’emotionally dead inside’) at the centre.
Wednesday delivers, as promised, an indulgent helping of weird and wonderful – along with some choice monochrome fashions and unforgettable dance moves – as it cracks open the mind of arguably the most mysterious Addams on her quest to find out who is maiming and killing the residents of Jericho.
Naturally we, like Wednesday (Jenna Ortega), went mining for clues.
The show dug out a couple of twists for its finale leaving fans to guess who that mysterious text was from, but we’ll certainly need more than speculation to satisfy our curiosity. The most obvious solution is another season, but will there be one? Here’s everything we know about Wednesday season two.
As things stand, Wednesday has only been billed for one season but all of those loose strings suggest that the creators have a future in mind that stretches beyond a solo outing.
In an interview, the series co-creator Alfred Gough addressed the possibility of expanding the franchise, stating:
“Miles (Millar, his fellow creator) and I are talking amongst ourselves about it. There’s definitely more that you can explore in the world of the Addamses.”
While Gough’s sentiment is pretty general and could lead to the exploration of other Addams’ stories, it seems highly unlikely that the duo would leave Wednesday’s story unfinished.
It’s also impossible to ignore the fact that Wednesday has been one of Netflix’s biggest hits of the year, not least because of its extended life on social media.
“It’s encouraging and exciting to see how much engagement there is,” said Netflix’s Head of US & Canada scripted series Peter Friedlander to Variety. “How much people want to not only come to Netflix, but to finish these shows and then talk about them. “Engagement. That’s what we’re pouring all of our efforts into.
“It’s not just the dance, it’s people dressing up and buying makeup and wanting to look like Wednesday Addams. The resurgence, for me, it’s something that’s been in the culture for a long time — but never this pronounced. It’s something that we want to study and understand why this is such a phenomenon.”
Friedlander wouldn’t be drawn on the chances of renewal, saying, “I have nothing to confirm at this time. I am optimistic about Wednesday. We’ll leave it at that.”
Our interpretation of that is it’s totally coming back – they just haven’t hammered out the contracts yet.
It is unfathomable not to have Wednesday and her right-hand hand Thing return for a season two so we hope that Ortega (and Thing hand Victor Dorobant) will be keen to reprise their role.
Joining her is bound to be her almost love interest Xavier Thorpe, played by Percy Hynes White. Rebuffed but not forgotten, the poor dude may actually have a shot now that Tyler is out of the picture.
Or is he? When we last saw Wednesday’s sort-of boyfriend-turned-villain of the piece, he was detained, but something tells us that the guttural growl he emitted at the end could lead to a breakout. If that is the case then we fully expect to see Hunter Doohan jump back into his Hyde skin for season two.
Also joining the cast has to be the following:
• Emma Myers as Enid Sinclair
• Joy Sunday as Bianca Barclay
• George Farmer as Ajax Pertroplus
• Naomi J Ogawa as Yoko Tanaka
• Jamie McShane as Sheriff Donovan Galpin
• Luis Guzmán as Gomaz Addams
• Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Addams
• Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley Addams
• Fred Armisen as Uncle Fester
Christina Ricci’s oily Ms Thornhill could make a possible return as she didn’t quite succeed in her ambitions (more on that below).
Gwendoline Christie’s Larissa Weems may have bitten the big one, but there was something a little ambiguous about her death. It’s possible she could return – after all, resurrections are a thing in this world and her story arch did seem somewhat cut short.
That said, The Sandman (in which Christie also stars) has been renewed for a season two so there could be possible schedule conflicts. Fingers crossed this is not the case as Christie is addictively good as both Lucifer and Weems, and we must have both!
Poor Doctor Kinbott’s fate was not so ambiguous. Slashed and gashed, Riki Lindhome’s character is unlikely to have survived the Hyde attack and so will probably not be back for season two.
We mentioned loose strings and, boy, were they left flapping in the breeze. Wednesday’s discovery that her boyfriend was the monster that was terrorising Nevermore is the kind of heartbreak she didn’t seem to revel in, despite her penchant for pain. As a double dose of betrayal, he was being controlled by teacher favourite Ms Thornhill, who turned out to be a bitter normie who had an axe to grind with the outcasts.
We doubt that Tyler will continue to be her controlled ‘pet’, but we’re almost certain he escaped, and even more sure that he’ll resurface in Wednesday’s life. As friend, lover or foe, though, is yet to be determined, however Tyler actor Hunter Doohan certainly has his theories on the fate of his character.
Speaking to Digital Spy in an exclusive interview, Doohan was certain his troubled Tyler managed to evade the clutches of the law.
“I do think he escaped at the end. When I read that on the page, I was so excited. I was like: ‘Come on, don’t be dead, don’t be dead’,” he said.
When it comes to which version of Tyler (good or bad), we could see in season two his remark about his season one arc does shed some light.
“I think he was being controlled by Miss Thornhill,” said Doohan. “Then he had to go manipulate Wednesday to carry out their plan and I think he did a pretty good job with it.”
If he was indeed being manipulated it could mean that redemption is on the cards for him. That is if he can shake Ms Thornhill’s hold. However there could be other villains worth keeping an eye on.
A few times, the show name-dropped the ominous presence of the Morning Songs, a cult-like group run by Bianca’s siren mother, capable of luring in new members.
Bianca was coerced by her mother into agreeing to join them in order to strengthen their persuasive call. There’s definitely room and scope to elevate them to main villain status in season two. Watch this space.
One thing that certainly needs clearing up is the mystery texter. Not long after Xavier gifts her a brand-new phone, Wednesday receives a cryptic, threatening text message complete with stalker-y photos of herself.
The sender, well that is unknown but it’s just the kind of danger that is sure to set Wednesday’s soul on gleeful fire. It’s also something that will certainly help churn the wheels of a season two story in motion.
Sigh. We’re in for a long wait but if Wednesday had taught us anything thus far with her persistent investigation, it is that patience will be rewarded.
We will of course be at the forefront of all the latest Wednesday updates so keep checking in. In the meantime, feel free to indulge in the stunning season one trailer above.
All episodes of Wednesday are available to stream now on Netflix.