The Netflix series “Archive 81” will not have a season 2 despite the success of the first season which had climbed into the top 10 of the most-watched programs on the platform. The designer reacted to this surprising cancellation.
Archive 81: Netflix says no to a season 2
Yet it was off to a good start. Just a few days after its release on Netflix on January 14, the series Archives 81 had directly climbed into the top 10 of the most-watched programs on the platform in many countries including France.
Produced by James Wan, the eight-episode show adapted from the eponymous podcast had many spectators spellbound, thanks to a mysterious story, on the edge of horror and fantasy.
We remind you of the pitch of the series:
Archive 81 follows archivist Dan Turner (Mamoudou Athie) as he accepts a mysterious job to restore a set of videotapes dating back to 1994. Reenacting a documentary filmed by Melody Pendras (Dina Shihabi), it focuses on the investigation of a dangerous sect. As the season progresses through two parallel timelines, Dan becomes increasingly obsessed with Melody’s story. When the two characters mysteriously enter into a relationship, Dan is convinced he can save the documentary filmmaker from the terrifying end she met 25 years ago.
While the end of the series offered a tantalizing cliffhanger that called a season 2Netflix cut fan hopes short and canceled the program altogether.
Indeed, as we learn Deadline even that the series ran in many countries, the ratings were not good enough compared to the Allocated budget at the show. This is the reason why Netflix would not have ordered a season 2.
The designer reacts to the cancellation
With the open ending of the eighth episode, Archives 81 could have gone in an interesting direction in season 2. Moreover, the creator of the series, Rebecca Sonnenshine even already had ideas for the sequel.
She reacted a few hours ago to the cancellation:
Thank you so much to all of you who watched Archive 81 (…) we are surprised and disappointed that we can’t do another season (we had some great stories to tell about Kaelego). I hope you will keep us in your memory!
Many fans have since made their displeasure known to Netflix.