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‘Cursed’ Season 2 Netflix Release Date, Cast, Spoilers
If the literal cliffhanger at the end of Cursed’s explosive season finale left you clamoring to smash that “next episode” button, you’re not alone. Netflix’s splashy reimagining of Arthurian legend has captivated fantasy fans around the globe, leaving them eager to follow Nimue and her fabled Sword of Power into a second season. But is there a second season in the works, and with our Lady of the Lake’s life in the balance, can the show even move forward? Here’s everything we know about where Cursed will go next.
Has Netflix Renewed Cursed?
Netflix has yet to make an official announcement confirming a second season of Cursed. That said, don’t cry into your Cheerios just yet. The series has only been streaming for less than a week, meaning that Netflix likely needs more time to crunch viewership numbers on the back end before announcing a second season pick-up. It’s also worth noting that COVID-19 continues to gum up film and television production around the world, stalling not just life on set, but life in the back office, as well. We may have to wait longer than usual to get the good word about a second season, but that doesn’t mean all is lost.
What Has the Cast Said?
In an interview with Elle, Katherine Langford, who portrays Nimue, expressed her excitement about a potential second season, saying, “I’m trying not to spoil anything, but I feel like this [season] is really just the tip of the iceberg.” She went on to speculate about where a second season would take her character, saying of the Sword of Power, “There’s a lot of talk about the sword this season, and I feel like it would be interesting to see just how deep Nimue’s powers go and what kind of untapped power she has within.”
Devon Terrell, who portrays Arthur, teased a second season in an interview with RadioTimes: “I didn’t want to create a performance that sat on the fence. I wanted to pick a direction, which moments I made him vulnerable, which moments I made him feel like he’s becoming a leader. And it’s the beginning of a really long journey.”
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What Clues Does The Book Offer?
Cursed is a standalone graphic novel by Frank Miller and Thomas Wheeler with no sequel in sight. The book came out less than a year ago in October 2019, meaning that a sequel may still be a ways off. However, the acknowledgements offer some clues, with co-author and showrunner Wheeler teasing a sequel by writing, “I’m a lifelong Frank Miller fan, and this collaboration has been the unlikeliest of bucket listings… I’m so thankful for his trust, his wisdom, and his idea to ally Sister Iris with an army of killer children (a must for book two).”
Cursed’s atypical journey from page to screen also offers insight into a potential second season. Back in 2018, in a very unusual turn of events, Netflix bought the television rights to Cursed before the book was even completed. If Netflix was willing to purchase the rights to the story with the finished product as-yet unseen, it’s safe to say that the streaming giant believes in this project—hopefully enough to pick it up for a season two.
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What Could Season Two Be About?
Given that the finale of season one leaves viewers in a high-stakes lurch, Cursed seems to be setting itself up for a second season renewal. But how will Nimue, bleeding and drowning, get out of that lake? It’s possible that Morgana and Merlin, each having come into magical powers, will fish her out of the water. When we last saw Morgana and Merlin, they teleported away from the site of Nimue’s tumble down a waterfall to her presumed death—is it possible they were teleporting to the base of the waterfall to retrieve her from the lake? That said, Nimue may not need their assistance, as we’ve seen throughout the season how adversity and the natural world tend to activate her magical powers. If ever there was a time to Hulk out with her magical gifts, it’s now.
Season Two may also see a conflict between Merlin and Nimue, as Merlin has taken possession of the Sword of Power, which Nimue ultimately chose not to surrender to him like her dying mother wished. With Merlin’s elemental powers restored and the sword in hand, Merlin now seems unstoppable, setting him up for a showdown with Nimue.
In addition to struggling for her life and her power, Nimue may also have to struggle for Arthur’s affections. Though their romance blossomed throughout the first season, the finale saw the unveiling of the Red Spear’s true identity, which poses a romantic threat to Nimue. The Red Spear, a fierce warrior, revealed that her true name is Guinevere. In Arthurian legend, Guinivere is Arthur’s queen and one true love, suggesting that sparks will fly between Arthur and this new love interest. If she rises from her watery grave, Nimue may have to fight to keep Arthur, for whom she has fallen.
The season finale also reveals that the Weeping Monk is in fact Lancelot, a Knight of the Round Table with a storied history in Arthurian legend. The Weeping Monk’s young charge, a fey child named Squirrel, is revealed to be named Percival by birth, making him another Knight of the Round Table. Having escaped the Red Paladin camp, with the Weeping Monk rejecting the militant xenophobia of the faith in which he was raised, the two ride off to reunite with Nimue and forge a new path. Whether there can be a Round Table in a story without Arthur on the throne remains to be seen, but it’s safe to say that more story lies ahead for these two heavy-hitter Arthurian characters, who were widely known for acts of heroism and bravery.
Watch this space for updates as we continue to learn more about Cursed season two.
Adrienne Westenfeld is a writer and editor at Esquire, where she covers books and culture.
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