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Rigor mortis has yet to set in for Netflix’s new series, Dead to Me. The longer the show, which recently debuted its first season, has to percolate on Netflix, the more fanfare it has started to drum up. The darkly comedic thriller starring Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini wraps up in a perfectly digestible 10-thirty-minute-episode season, and then smashes that whole package with a sledgehammer after revealing one hell of a cliffhanger.

The tragic comedy squarely tackles grief, while wrapping its talented cast in a shroud of mystery and crime, but is a Season Two on the horizon? And even if it could happen, should it? There’s always the allure of Applegate’s Jen, which is the actress’s best work in years. And Season Two wouldn’t be devoid of some dangling issues. With the series only 13 days old, there’s still time to decide, but for now, here’s what we know.

Is there going to be a Season Two?

That’s not confirmed yet, but if online reception is any indication, it’s a serious possibility. Creator Liz Feldman hinted to The Hollywood Reporter that just because Jen looks like she was on the trigger end of the gun in the Season Two finale, it doesn’t mean that she necessarily did the work. In an imagined Season Two, she says, “There’s an evening of the score and there’s a rebalancing that will take place and almost, in some ways, a role reversal.”

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Christina Applegate plays Jen, a widow fueled by anger and grief after her husband’s hit and run, on the show Dead to Me.

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As for the technical side, the producers behind the series are Will Ferrell and Adam McKay who have worked together on films like Step Brothers and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. The two recently made the decision to part ways professionally after years of working together. The decision was announced before Dead to Me even dropped on Netflix, though Deadline reported that the two would likely see through existing projects together. Would Dead to Me make that cut off date? That is also up in the air.

But should there be?

As tempting as it is to say yes, there’s a strong argument against it. What works so well in Season One is the layered, underlying sense of grief, manifested in the death of Jen’s husband and the double-hit of Judy’s miscarriages/guilt for being the driver in the hit and run. That’s a very specific narrative with a believable through line.

While it’s possible to recreate a new narrative (the season finale almost certainly suggests a role reversal for Season Two), it would lack the original freshness of the first season. Even still, the series is chock full of mysteries to solve. We know next to nothing about Jen’s double mastectomy, the assisted living center, the paintings Jen works on, and the marital issues at play in Jen’s former marriage. There’s also big question marks around Nick’s backstory and Jen’s mother-in-law Lorna’s recently discovered pill issue.

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Brandon Scott plays Nick, a detective on leave after an undisclosed mental issue took him off the line of duty.

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But most obviously—who pulled the trigger on Steve? Sure, the obvious choice is Jen, but when a show withholds the scene where one person kills another, it’s likely for a good reason. Is there a possibility that someone else did the big deed?


All of that sounds like perfectly good fodder for a second season, if Netflix and Feldman come together to make it happen. But even if it doesn’t, Dead to Me does a perfectly fine job at setting up a web of grief, exploring it, and then ripping it wide open. That’s right in line with what the show is about, because if anything is clear after 10 episodes of Applegate and Cardellini’s newest comedy, it’s that life is prepped and ready to screw you over and leave you hanging.



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