The Mist Season 2 Renewal & Release Updates: Will It Ever Happen?

The first season was a new take on Stephen King's classic horror novel but will The Mist season 2 ever come together? The Mist was first published in 1980 and follows a group of people who are stranded in a supermarket when an eerie mist descends over their town. It's soon discovered there are vicious, Lovecraftian monsters lurking within the mist, trapping everyone inside the supermarket with no way out. Tension and infighting soon start to pose more of a threat to the survivors than the actual monsters.

Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) tried to mount a film adaptation for years and finally succeeded with 2007's The Mist. While the film's modest budget sometimes shines through, the film was an intense, terrifying ride that vividly brought King's story to life. The film is also famous for its stunningly bleak ending, which remains controversial to this day, though Stephen King approved of it. The novel has also provided inspiration for video games like Half-Life and the Silent Hill franchise.

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The Mist was adapted once more by Spike in 2017 for a TV series. Despite featuring a strong cast, the show received mixed reviews, focusing on its clumsy handling of characters and changing key elements about the mist itself. It still attracted a fanbase keen to see where it could continue from season 1's intriguing cliffhanger, so is The Mist season 2 ever happening?

Spike Cancelled The Mist In 2017

Okezie Morro Morgan Spector Russell Posner and Danica Curcic in The Mist

Spike put the brakes on The Mist season 2 shortly after the first season ended. The fate of the show was always up in the air following its mixed reception, but while season one left the door wide up for the story to continue, it seems a general lack of excitement over The Mist doomed it.

The Mist Season 2 Would Have Explained Where It Came From

Morgan Spector in The Mist

Both The Mist novel and movie are vague on the origins of the mist itself. There's a suggestion a military experiment went wrong and unleashed it on the town by mistake, but this is never confirmed. The Mist season 1 ended with the survivors watching a military train unloading people into the mist, and appear to be essentially feeding it.

Given The Mist season 1 ends with many of the original characters dead, season 2 would have had a relatively clean slate to explore a new side of the story. Showrunner Christian Torpe stated season 2 would have explored Project Arrowhead in greater detail and the origins of the mist itself.

The Mist Season 2 Is Unlikely To Happen

Gus Birney and Alyssa Sutherland in The Mist

Given the lack of movement on the show moving to another network or platform like Netflix, The Mist season 2 looks very doubtful. There's a lot of potential in the concept of a Mist series, but sadly, Spike's show mishandled the material. Its lack of likable characters was another issue, so while the material itself might be adapted again in the future, a second season of The Mist isn't likely.

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