According to Aziz Ansari, Master of None may not get a season 3 — or at least not any time soon. The series, co-created by Ansari and Parks and Recreation producer Alan Yang, debuted in 2015 to critical acclaim. Serving as a parallel to Ansari’s own life, it traces the exploits of Dev Shah, a first generation Indian American and aspiring actor exploring life, love, and a whole lot of food in New York City. Ansari, of course, stars as Dev, while Kelvin Yu (Bob’s Burgers), Eric Wareheim (Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!), and Lena Waithe (Bones) play his core group of friends.
In the first season, Dev sparked up a romance with a music publicist named Rachel (Saturday Night Live‘s Noël Wells). After realizing they may not be right for each other, they split, and Dev hopped on a last-minute plane to Italy. After roughly a year and a half, the second season will pick up there when it hits Netflix on May 12, but it sounds like it could very well be the last run.
In an interview with Vulture, Ansari said he wasn’t sure if he envisioned a season 3 for the show, and if there were going to be one, it would be a lengthy wait. He explained that because the series so closely mirrors his personal life, he wants to take some time to actually live, and he’d only do another batch of episodes if he felt like he could one-up the existing ones. As he told the outlet:
“I don’t know if we’re going to do a season three. I wouldn’t be surprised if I needed a looonng break before I could come back to it …. I’ve got to become a different guy before I write a third season, is my personal thought. I’ve got to get married or have a kid or something. I don’t have anything else to say about being a young guy being single in New York eating food around town all the time.”
It’s a disappointing, albeit fair, assessment. Master of None was one of 2015’s best new comedies right out of the gate, raking in high praise for its quick wit and sharp depiction of the Asian American experience. The 18-month stretch from season 1 to 2 already felt quite long, and anything beyond that would seem even more protracted.
That being said, it’s appreciated that Ansari understands his material. The fact that he’s not willing to do a season 3 just because he has momentum speaks to his priorities as a creator, and it would be much more satisfying to see him take on different, fresher projects rather than force a story that’s not yet there. For now, fans will just have to hope season 2 is good enough that it makes the indefinite hiatus worth it.
Master of None season 2 premieres on Netflix on May 12, 2017.