Fans have been anxiously awaiting a renewal decision regarding First Kill. Unfortunately, though, for fans of the young adult vampire drama, the series is not coming back for a second season. The news was revealed by Deadline late on Tuesday evening, although a reason for the cancellation was not revealed.
First Kill was based on a short story by bestselling author Victoria “V. E.” Schwab and was often compared to Buffy the Vampire Slayer upon its launch because of its concept. The series, however, had a bit of a twist as this time around the series put LGBTQ+ characters front and center. Felicia D. Henderson, who worked on shows like Fringe and The Punisher, wrote for the series and served as the showrunner, also executive produced the series alongside Schwab. Actress Emma Roberts also served as a producer on the series.
The series focused on a teenage vampire named Juliette Fairmont, played by Sarah Catherine Hook, and a new girl in town named Calliope, played by Imani Lewis. Much like with Buffy, the series focused on a forbidden love story between Juliette and Calliope, who just so happened to be a hunter. The show follows them as their forbidden love also forces them to address their first kills and the consequences that come with it all.
News of the show’s cancellation is surprising in that it has proven to generate plenty of buzz on social media. Fans have been campaigning for the show’s renewal on Twitter for weeks now, responding to random tweets on Netflix’s account calling for First Kill to come back. With Season 1 ending on a massive cliffhanger, it’s doubtful fans will ever get a satisfying conclusion to the series on the small screen.
The entire first – and only – season of First Kill is now streaming on Netflix.