Netflix's new series Maniac is a powerful and surreal drama, but will it get a second season? Loosely based on the Norwegian series of the same name, Maniac was created by Patrick Somerville (The Leftovers) and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective). The first season tells a self-contained story that wraps up neatly by the time the credits roll on the finale. However, while season 2 hasn't been given the green light yet, Fukunaga has said there's a possibility that the show will continue if there's enough interest in it.
Maniac stars Emma Stone and Jonah Hill as two strangers who are brought together by a high-risk pharmaceutical drug trial. The treatment promises to completely cure them of all their psychological pain and troubles - from mental illness to past trauma - by taking them through a series of dreams that force them to confront their inner demons.
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If Maniac does return for season 2, Fukunaga won't be returning with it. The director told Business Insider that coming back for a second season isn't his style, explaining that, "I like to do one and move onto something else." However, he didn't rule out the possibility of the show getting a second season:
"I'd be very happy if another season were to happen. But I think they were just thinking about this as a limited season and if there's an appetite for another one then I think Patrick would be happy to take it up and do it again. But not with me."
Warning: SPOILERS ahead for Maniac season 1
Maniac season 1 wraps up the stories of Owen (Hill) and Annie (Stone) by having the pair of them make it all the way through the drug trial, reconcile in the outside world, and head off on a road trip to Salt Lake City. It's about the closest that TV shows tend to get to a "They Lived Happily Ever After" ending, so bringing those two characters back for season 2 probably isn't the best idea. However, Maniac could continue by having Dr. Mantleray (Justin Theroux) and Dr. Fujita (Sonoya Mizuno) restart their attempts to create a cure for all psychological ills. Mantleray and Fujita's own personal neuroses and hangups were only hinted at in season 1, so a second season in which they put themselves through dream therapy could be very interesting.
Of course, the suggestion of a Fukunaga-directed show continuing without Fukunaga is inevitably going to raise a red flag for fans of True Detective, but a new director for a new season could be just what Maniac needs to stay fresh. Fukunaga is going to be kept busy directing the next James Bond movie, but Netflix could bring in another director with a strong vision for season 2, or even change things up by having a different director for each episode (which would work well if each new episode is set in a new dream world). We'll keep you updated on any further season 2 news.
Maniac is available now on Netflix.