The full trailer for Netflix’s and Channel 4's The End of the F***ing World gets dark fast, as it shows Alyssa (Jessica Barden) struggling to recover after the events of season 1. The acclaimed teen drama/dark comedy made its debut in 2017 with a fast-paced, funny, and at time shockingly violent first season. As the series followed outcast Alyssa and burgeoning psychopath James (Alex Lawther) on a road trip to find the former’s absentee father, the series turned into a charming — albeit dark — and oddly affecting story, one that would seemingly end in tragedy.
The series is adapted by Charlie Covell from the comic book series of the same name by Charles Forsman. Covell, is an actor who has appeared in British comedies such as The Inbetweeners and Peep Show, as well as dramas like Midsommer Murders and Marcella. In the past few years, she’s added writing to her resume, most notably with the darkly comedic coming-of-age feature film Burn Burn Burn. It would seem as though dark humor and teen antics are definitely within Covell’s wheelhouse, which explains her success with The End of the F***ing World.
The startling end of season 1 is a new starting point for Alyssa, who, as the trailer demonstrates, isn’t exactly living her best life. With a plaintive rendition to Billy Idol’s ‘White Wedding,’ the trailer paints a ramshackle existence for Alyssa, one that appears to include her not-so celebratory wedding, her job, and the addition to a new character, Bonnie (Naomi Ackie). It appears as though Alyssa and Bonnie have some unfinished business, though what that has to do with a bullet with James’s name on it is anyone’s guess. Check out the full trailer for The End of the F***ing World season 2 below:
From the look of things, season 2 is going to be a fairly radical departure from season 1. That could, of course, be the result of some clever editing on behalf of whoever cut the trailer, or it could be an attempt by Covell and her crew to take the series into truly new territory. Since Covell was recently quoted as saying there won’t be a season 3, it stands to reason the second installment will have its hands full bringing the series to a satisfactory close.
Anticipation for the new season is certainly high, as the first felt as though it came out of nowhere to become a buzz-worthy, bingeable Netflix series (for those outside the U.K., of course). And with the premiere just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to re-watch season 1 (it’s a quick binge) or watch it for the first time.
The End of the F***ing World season 2 premieres Tuesday, November 5 on Netflix.