Sorry to those who binged the whole thing over the weekend and are craving more, but Maniac season 2 is never going to happen. The new Cary Fukunaga series debuted to rave reviews from viewers and critics alike. In most cases, that would mean the network, or in this case, Netflix, would give the green light for a second season. However, showrunner Patrick Somerville has squashed any hopes of that happening. But for good reason.
Warning: spoilers ahead for Maniac. Patrick Somerville was interviewed in order to discuss Maniac in-depth, as viewers certainly have a lot of questions they want answered. During the interview, he was asked if there was any talk or discussion with Netflix about a possible season 2. Somerville sternly said no and explained why that's the case. Here's what he had to say about it.
"No. This was always planned as a limited series, and I think that's another reason why we had the freedom to have a more hopeful ending. A lot of times on TV, you have to throw your characters into distress again near the end to buy the next season, and we don't have to do that. It is a tremendous amount of energy and imagination to just to make a new show, and so you do have this feeling of wanting to hold on and keep using it, because there's so much imagination in there, but I think part of why Maniac had that improvisational feeling along the way was knowing that this is it. Let's do it now, because this is what Maniac is."
There's almost no question that binge-watchers will be upset to learn this. That said, it's pretty reasonable. They went in with a story they wanted to tell, they told it and that's the end of it. Networks and studios tend to avoid limited series such as this since they build a lot of momentum then they're simply just over. Instead, they try to do anthology shows like American Horror Story that tell different stories each season. In any case, Maniac season 2 isn't happening. But Patrick Somerville did discuss the ending a bit more in-depth for those who need closure.
"We always knew that Owen and Annie were going to end up connected. It is pretty dire in the beginning episodes: life is sad, these people are lost and there's no way to do the show, to me, unless you go to a much more hopeful place by the end. There's no justification for punishing the audience in that way, unless there's a hopeful story to pull out of it. So, we always knew they were going to end up connected. The idea that was always in place, all the way back from the first scripts in the writers' room, was the concept of radical acceptance. Yes, the show's about connection and it's about friendship and about the ways that people can help each other, but you can't even get there unless you can accept some things about yourself. You can't make a connection with another person unless you can accept who you are in the first place, so to me the story is two people who have not accepted who they are at the front end of the show, both finding a way to do that for themselves, and the fruits of that being that you get to have new relationships."
Beyond the practicalities, Cary Fukunaga was just hired to direct James Bond 25, so he's going to be tied up for some time. Emma Stone is heading off to film Zombieland 2 shortly and Jonah Hill has his directorial debut Mid-90s coming out, which should help keep him busy. You can check out the full interview with Patrick Somerville over at The Hollywood Reporter.