As the news of Lovecraft Country's recent cancellation is still sinking in, series creator, Misha Green, has been sharing details on what she had planned for the second season. The cancellation came as a shock for many after earlier in the year HBO seemed all set to greenlight a continuation of the show, the finale of which had the highest premiere viewer ratings for an original series on the HBO platform. Posting on her Twitter account, Green shared an image of how the country would have looked and been segregated in the new season, and went on to provide some context to the image.
Green wrote, "A taste of the Season 2 Bible. Wish we could have brought you #LovecraftCountry: Supremacy. Thank you to everyone who watched and engaged. Season two of Lovecraft Country begins in a new world, and that new world is a country that sits precisely where The United States used to sit. Welcome to the SOVEREIGN STATES OF AMERICA..."
The post gained a lot of comments ranging from those angry at HBO, to those who had their own theories on why the cancellation had occurred, with some even speculating that the issues of race raised by the show were behind the demise of the series. While there are numerous reasons for any series not being renewed, it seems unlikely that any of the theories put forward would actually be true, and it is much more realistic to remember the series had some good ratings at times, but it did see a dip in viewership through its middle episodes. With a hefty budget attached to it, the uncertainty as to whether it could maintain high ratings going forward would play a big part in the cancellation.
Green added another post with a small note of clarification, which suggested that the new season of Lovecraft Country would have seen zombie hordes arriving in the show. The text read, "The Whitelands. The Whitelands is a territory that is completely overrun by zombies - most of them the slower variety but with pockets of fast-moving zombies too. One price of "The Origin" spell was the creation of a zombie population. Years into the epidemic, a joint effort was undertaken to corral the zombies into one location in the center of America. The Whitelands now function as a dangerous border between the South, West and Northern territories. (X marks the spot where "The Source" will appear.)"
The additional information doesn't bring much comfort to fans of the series, as it shows that a lot of planning and thought had been put into where the series could go next. Whether another network or streamer decide to pick up the series having seen how passionate the team and fans are about it remains to be seen, but for now, Green's social media shares are simple a huge slice of "let's have a look at what you could have won."
The first season of Lovecraft Country is available to stream on HBO Max.