This one really hurts. HBO’s Lovecraft Country is a one-of-a-kind series yet it seems that the show will not make a return with a second season. Mischa Green‘s work on the series was unrivaled. with the blend of horror, period drama, and social commentary to adapt Matt Ruff‘s 2016 novel. the series starred Jurnee Smollett and Jonathan Majors that became true standouts through the series. It even garnered a high 1.5 million viewership and the first season’s finale was the most-watched new episode on its first day. It managed to cross the 10M mark by October, but sadly it didn’t ensure that it’ll get the renewal. In February, they seemed to hint at the team were working on a second season, as stated by HBO’s Chief Content Officer Casey Bloys:
Misha is working with a small team of writers and they’re coming up with a take. She had a book to go on in the first season, she and the writers wanted to go off and take some time to go out and figure out without a book with these characters, what’s the journey we want to go on. We all want to be sure she’s got a story to tell. That’s where she is right now, working on those ideas. I’m very hopeful, as is Mischa, so we’re giving them the time to work.
It seems they might’ve had trouble adapting the story, as the first season covered the entire book. The series was produced by J.J. Abrams’s Bad Robot and Jordan Peele‘s Monkeypaw Productions. Even if we don’t currently get a second season, there is a chance they might return to the series in the future once more ideas have come together on how to continue Green‘s original vision. It was initially pitched as a mini-series. So, the second season wasn’t always on the board. Still, it’s a shame that the series that was giving a stronger focus on those that were left out of history won’t continue to carry that message.