If you’re looking for a new show to binge-watch on Netflix, you could do a lot worse than The End of the F***ing World.
The dark comedy, which originally aired on Channel 4, stars Alex Lawther (who played Kenny in Black Mirror’s excellent ‘Shut Up and Dance’ episode) and achieved an enviable 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
The episodes are really short, too – just 20 minutes or so – so you could probably polish off the entire thing this weekend if you really want to.
However, as with any successful show these days, conversation has quickly moved to ‘where next?’ – and the signs are promising.
Showrunner Jonathan Entwistle spoke to Thrillist about the show so far, and about how he sees a potential second season going.
While it hasn’t been renewed as of yet, there has been plenty of clamour from fans for a fresh run of episodes… though some are concerned a second season might dull the impact of the first.
The source material, Chuck Forsman’s graphic novel of the same name, has been exhausted in the first season, so it’s up to Entwistle and his colleagues to figure out where to take it from here.
And, indeed, if there even is anywhere to take it.
“We’re looking at what the people who loved the show are saying, to see how we can unpack that and how we could continue the tone of the show,” Entwistle explained.
“Without the comic as a backbone – we’ve essentially finished Chuck’s story – how do we execute the world of The End of the F***ing World and still keep it fresh and exciting?”
He suggested a second season would have to revolve around lead characters James (Lawther) and Alyssa (Jessica Barden), but there hasn’t been a great deal of progress beyond that.
One thing does seem certain, though, and that’s the feeling that any expansion of the show would remain faithful to Forsman’s characters, rather than a continuation just for the sake of it.