After Life is the latest Ricky Gervais Netflix project and has gotten great reviews from around the world but will After Life be coming back for a second season? We look at the official renewal status, season 2 prospects including when season 2 of After Life would be on Netflix.
Ricky Gervais is no stranger on Netflix with most of his back catalog available on the service plus a plethora of Original content too. His Channel 4 series Derek came exclusively to Netflix and he created Special Correspondents for the service back in 2016. He’s also produced a stand-up special with a second coming later this year.
After Life is a six-part story that shows us the story of Tony, a person who is struggling with life after the shock death of his wife.
After Life Season 2 Renewal Status
Official Netflix Renewal Status: Not yet renewed (last updated: 03/10/2019
As expected this soon after the series aired, no season 2 has been ordered just yet. With that said, some have concerns for season 2. Not because of how popular the series is, it’s quite evident the show is loved by fans and critics alike but because the show is wrapped up nicely after its six episodes.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) March 9, 2019
Is there any story left to tell for season 2? Well, not quite. If you’ve got to the end, the series wraps up neatly with Tony now remorseful for his past behavior and looking to turn a new leaf by living life to the fullest.
If we did get a season 2, it’d probably include his relationship developing further with Tony’s Dad’s nurse but Gervais has expressed more ideas too.
Speaking to DigitalSpy he said this about a second season:”I really would like to do a second series, because I fell in love with the characters,” adding “I’ve got an idea of where it can go. And the second series is always better, usually because you know the actors [when you’re writing for them].”
One thing it’s important to stress is that if it was only intended to be a single season long, Netflix would’ve given it a “limited series” badge. That’s not the case with After Life.
Ricky Gervais doesn’t traditionally do long series
Looking at Gervais’s past work, most of his series have only lasted around 2-3 seasons long at the very most.
His first two breakout sitcoms Extras and The Office only had two seasons plus two specials before ending. Derek is his longest-running show lasting three seasons.
When will season 2 of After Life be on Netflix?
Despite the short seasons, Ricky Gervais is a fast worker. All of his previous shows have operated on yearly schedules so if the series does get a second season, we’d expect it to come around the same time in 2020.
Here are some of the fans reactions to the show and whether they want to see a season 2.
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— Fallible Follies (@FallibleFollies) March 10, 2019
— Mark McGuire (@MarkMcGuire1236) March 10, 2019
What do you think? Should After Life be back for a second season? Let us know in the comments down below.