Putting the fun back into the apocalypse in 2019 was Netflix’s post-apocalyptic series, Daybreak. After an enjoyable and fun first season, many subscribers will be shocked to learn that after only one season Netflix has canceled Daybreak.
Daybreak is a Netflix Original post-apocalyptic comedy-drama loosely based on the comic book series of the same name by American cartoonist, Brian Ralph. While there are parallels between the comic and tv series, the tone is vastly different. While the series exhibits plenty of dark-comedy, there’s also plenty of camp quirky fun to accompany it. Ralph’s comic book series is excellent but is arguably far darker than its TV series counterpart.
What is the Netflix renewal status of Daybreak?
Official Netflix Renewal Status: Ended (Last Updated: 28/10/2019)
After a couple of months of waiting, it has officially been confirmed by Netflix that Daybreak has been canceled.
Co-creator and executive producer of the series Aron Eli Coleite confirmed the news in a tweet:
I don’t even know how to say this, so we prepared a small statement. Love you all. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/rKXWxuaaFh
— Aron Coleite (@AronColeite) December 17, 2019
What we expected to see in the second season
There were plenty of twists and turns throughout the first season of Daybreak, but the defining moment that set up a second season was that twist ending. After successfully stopping Principal Burr and launching the nuclear bomb into space, it looked like we were about to receive a happy ending. Amidst the celebrations of victory, Josh once again declared his love for Sam, only for her to openly reject him.
Josh is one of the few to survive the first six months of the apocalypse and not see a radical change in himself. That was one of Sam’s criticisms towards her ex-boyfriend, along with rejecting the notion that she is a “damsel in distress that needs to be saved” by Josh. Instead, Sam learned what she could become and decided to take the apocalypse by its hypothetical balls and declare herself the leader of the jocks and the other surviving factions that fought.
Sam became the villain, but sadly we’ll never see her in action.
Sam the Villain
With the jocks and other factions under her control, Sam, in one fell swoop, has become one of the strongest leaders of Greendale. The only factions not to show open support to Sam at the end were; Josh, Angelica, Wesley, Turbo, the remaining Daybreakers and The Cheermazons. Not to mention everyone’s favorite ghoul Ms. Crumble.
It’s unclear what sort of leader Sam would have become. Many people, like Josh, love the idea of ‘Sam Dean’, and she could have used that to her advantage to manipulate her followers. Tyrannical dictator content to control her own territory with an iron first or would she have sought to expand her little empire and take full control of Greendale? The only person likely to of stood in her way was Josh and the Daybreakers.
Josh the Hero
Every good villain needs a great hero. Josh, after suffering more heartbreak at the hands of Sam, would have become the reluctant hero again. He was able to unite all of the mall survivors into the Daybreakers, not to mention Josh united some of the remaining factions to take on the Jocks under Principal Burr’s control.
Just like Sam, Josh was able to inspire people but his spirit may have wilted due to the actions of Sam. Once Sam became an open threat to the Daybreakers and the other factions of Greendale, there could have been an epic battle between two warring factions.
Will the Ghoulies evolve?
The full power and mutation of the Ghoulies were sadly, never explained. We saw some hints of what was going to come from Ms. Crumble and Principle Burr, but that will be the last.
Principle Burr even gave a cryptic warning:
You were so busy fighting fighting each other, you haven’t seen the real threat coming.
If we are to assume the other Ghoulies have the same mutation that Principle Burr exhibited, then the kids would have had a real fight on their hands in the second season.
Josh’s love interest
It would have been the break up of all high school break ups if Sam and Josh went to war in season two. Sam, making it abundantly clear that she had no interest in Josh anymore, would have moved on. Josh, on the other hand, is rash and emotional and would have been cut up by her actions, taking a long time to move on.
KJ would have been the obvious choice to help Josh move on from Sam, as she almost did in season one. She may still have felt betrayed over Josh’s commitment to Sam, even after they spent the night together. KJ is exactly the person Josh would have needed to move on from Sam.
Out in left field could have been Mavis, the girlfriend of the now-dead Eli. There’s still every chance Mavis may not have even existed, her cryptic responses to Josh’s questions may mean her existence was completely fabricated.
How have fans responded to criticism?
As you can imagine fans were upset by the news;
literally not surprised daybreak was cancelled netflix keeps putting 5 shows out every week without promoting them. who even ever saw a promo for daybreak? quickly
— molly (@getbrekked) December 17, 2019
A perfectly valid point, our biggest criticism with Netflix is the fact that marketing is extremely limited for some Originals. Titles like Daybreak severely suffer from the lack of marketing, which is evident by the fact the series has been canceled.
daybreak really got cancelled… y’all never gave it a chance i will forever hate y’all for doing this pic.twitter.com/0lBJgOE3S6
— #savedaybreak (@eupunzeIs) December 17, 2019
— | #savedaybreak (@marvelsteves) December 17, 2019
We understand those feels, we’re disappointed too.
Will Daybreak be revived?
Series canceled by Netflix are very unlikely to ever return from the dead. If popular comedy series Santa Clarita Diet didn’t return, then sadly we can’t see Netflix ever returning to Daybreak for more content.
There’s a chance the series could be purchased by another network, but the likelihood of another network picking up a canceled series is very slim. It only worked for One Day at a Time thanks to the fact that Sony is the producer of the series, and was able to revive it elsewhere.
Would you like to see another season of Daybreak? Let us know in the comments below!