Netflix renews The Society for season 2. Created by Christopher Keyser, the mystery teen drama series premiered last May, with Kathryn Newton in the main role. The Society is thematically inspired by William Golding’s 1954 novel Lord of the Flies, which explores the trials and tribulations of stranded teenagers on an island. The Society season 2 will begin production later this year and premiere in 2020.
In The Society, Newton portrays Allie Pressman, who lives in the shadow of her older sister Cassandra (Rachel Keller). A mysterious smell emerges in the town of West Ham, and local teenagers receive a huge surprise when a mysterious bus trip transports them to an alternate reality, a West Ham that’s completely devoid of parents or adults. After a tragic event in “New Ham,” Allie takes control and attempts to establish rules. She organizes a research team, along with a three-man security team. But Allie discovers that several of her peers also want power, and have differing views about how the town should be governed. The Society season 1 was executive produced by Keyser and Marc Webb, the latter of whom previously directed (500) Days of Summer, The Amazing Spider-Man, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
On YouTube, Netflix released a video that announces The Society’s renewal. The 55-second clip features numerous cast members, including Newton, Gideon Adlon, Sean Berdy, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Jacques Colimon, Olivia DeJonge, Kristine Froseth, Alex Fitzalan, Grace Victoria Cox, Jose Julian, Alexander MacNicoll, Toby Wallace, and Jack Mulhern. Filmed vertically, the video features energetic commentaries from the collective cast members, with some taking a comedic approach while acknowledging the renewal. The actors and actresses also reference numerous subplots that were introduced in The Society season 1, including a hilarious reference to Grizz’s hair by the aforementioned Bordizzo, who describes her co-star’s groomed look as “full of secrets." Check out The Society season 2 renewal video below.
The Society currently holds an 83 percent Tomatometer score at Rotten Tomatoes, along with a 73 percent audience score. While the series does indeed feature teen characters, there are mature elements at play. Newton (Big Little Lies) and Keller (Legion) infuse The Society season 1 with a certain amount of star power, but it’s the supporting cast that brings the story to life. As Ellie Tomkins, DeJonge provides a fascinating performance as a young woman who appears to be suffering from Stockholm syndrome, with Wallace portraying her borderline psychopathic boyfriend, Campbell. In recent years, DeJonge starred in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit and the TNT series Will.
Given how Netflix handled the various themes in The Society season 1, there’s potential for a multiple-season run. The performances are impressive, and the storytelling is well-paced. As a whole, The Society season 1 effectively sets up at least two new storylines that can take place outside the main setting. Netflix has a surprise hit with The Society.