Wednesday officially ‘won’ December 2022 for us (sorry, Father Christmas), thanks to the character’s goth-inspired looks, scene-stealing dance choreography and deadpan humour. So, is it any surprise fans of the hit Netflix show have been left wanting more? Following Christina Ricci’s ground-breaking portrayal of the Addams Family’s eldest child, Wednesday, in the 1990s film franchise, actor Jenna Ortega has taken the raven-haired, pigtail-wearing character to a new level for a modern-day audience on Netflix, from serving Givenchy and Rick Owens-inspired monochrome glamour, to Agatha Christie-style detective skills on the teen’s quest to find out who is killing Jericho’s residents. Following the first season’s plot twist in its finale, fans have been left guessing who that text was from and whether there will be a season two of the show. Here’s everything you need to know about Wednesday season 2:
Firstly, has Wednesday season 2 been confirmed?
Wednesday has indeed been confirmed for season two. The news was officially confirmed by streaming platform Netflix on Twitter, on January 6, 2023. The series’ main character, Jenna Ortega has now also confirmed the news – sharing Netflix’s Tweet, and adding: ‘Thanks to everyone who made this upcoming season possible. This has all been pretty surreal’
Earlier this year, the Netflix Twitter account had tweeted the final scene in Wednesday season one, which sees Ortega’s character typing ‘The End?’ on her typewriter. The streaming platform’s account captioned the post: ‘???????’ In an interview with Screen Rant, the series’ co-creator Alfred Gough discussed the possibility of expanding the Wednesday universe. ‘Miles (Millar, his fellow creator) and I are talking amongst ourselves about it. There’s definitely more that you can explore in the world of the Addamses,’ he said. ‘It’s encouraging and exciting to see how much engagement there is,’ Netflix’s Head of US & Canada scripted series Peter Friedlander told Variety. ‘How much people want to not only come to Netflix, but to finish these shows and then talk about them.’
Referring to the success of Ortega’s dance to Lady Gaga’s ‘Bloody Mary’, which has taken TikTok by storm, he added: ‘Engagement. That’s what we’re pouring all of our efforts into. ‘It’s not just the dance, it’s people dressing up and buying make-up and wanting to look like Wednesday Addams. The resurgence, for me, it’s something that’s been in the culture for a long time — but never this pronounced. It’s something that we want to study and understand why this is such a phenomenon.’ Meanwhile, Friedlander kept his cards closer to his chest, noting: ‘I have nothing to confirm at this time. I am optimistic about Wednesday. We’ll leave it at that.’
Who would make up the Wednesday season 2 cast?
We can’t imagine Wednesday without Ortega, or her right-hand (pardon the pun) man, Thing (played by Victor Dorobant). Likewise, we imagine Xavier Thorpe (Percy Hynes White) would appear in a second season, despite being pushed aside for Tyler (Hunter Doohan). Other actors who would likely reprise their roles include Emma Myers as Enid Sinclair, Joy Sunday as Bianca Barclay, Luis Guzmán as Gomaz Addams, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Addams, Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley Addams and Fred Armisen as Uncle Fester. Christina Ricci, who played Ms Thornhill in Wednesday, is unlikely to return following her failed ‘mission’ in season one, as is Gwendoline Christie’s character, Larissa Weems, following her… demise.
However, we’re not completely losing hope of a potential Ricci return – particularly following her recent comments at the Yellowjackets season two premiere. Speaking on the red carpet with Entertainment Tonight, the actor hinted at a possible return for Wednesday season two – saying ‘on my end, the door is open’ if the show wants to bring her back. When pushed for details, Ricci kept things vague: ‘I don’t think I’m allowed to say,’ she told reporters, before gushing about her role in the first season. ‘She was so fun to play!’ said Ricci. ‘It’s always so fun to play a villain.’
What would the Wednesday season two plot be?
We don’t want to guess too much at this stage, but we imagine a second season would follow on from the nail-biting end in the first season, which saw Wednesday learn that her ‘boyfriend’ Tyler was the monster who was being controlled by ‘normie’ Ms Thornhill. Speaking to Digital Spy, Doohan suggested we might not have seen the end of his character, Tyler.
‘I do think he escaped at the end,’ he said of the season one finale. ‘When I read that on the page, I was so excited. I was like: “Come on, don’t be dead, don’t be dead”. ‘I think he was being controlled by Miss Thornhill,’ he continued. ‘Then he had to go manipulate Wednesday to carry out their plan and I think he did a pretty good job with it.’ Speaking recently on The Tonight Show, Jenna Ortega also opened up about what she’d like to see happen in season two. ‘We just started getting a writers’ room together and talking about it,’ she said. ‘I think we want to up the horror aspects a little bit and get Wednesday out of the romantic situation and just let her be her own individual and fight her own crime.’
The Wednesday star also told Dax Shepard on his Armchair Expert podcast what she hopes doesn’t get repeated in season two. ‘I don’t think I’ve ever had to put my foot down on a set in the way that I had to on Wednesday because it’s so easy to fall into that category, especially with this type of show,’ explained Ortega. ‘Everything that she does, everything that I had to play, did not make sense for her character at all. Her being in a love triangle made no sense.’