However, I’m happy to say that After Life season two does not fall into that trap.
Admittedly it did get off to a slow start, and I was a tad surprised to see Tony revert back to his old ways, but as the season played out it became increasingly apparent that Ricky Gervais’ character was still very much dealing with the death of his wife, and that the grieving process is more complicated and drawn-out than one might initially think.
Also, the therapist’s development as a character was genius.
Naturally we all want a third season, and despite Gervais’ reservations about ever doing more than two seasons of anything, it looks to be going ahead.
Ricky himself then seemed to acknowledge the news by posting the following, saying:
“Because so many of you watched #AfterLife2 so quickly and made it Number 1 again, the nice people at @Netflix have suggested that I get off my fat arse and do another season. This is all your fault.”
Taking to Twitter recently, Ricky revealed that he would love to revisit the characters but feared he may let fans down.
When asked if he would write more, he said: “I’d love to do a season three, it looks like it’s going to go down a storm, so if this reaction carries on then yes.”
Ricky did admit that there was a certain pressure in following up a well-received series and looking to expand on the story.
He explained: “The better it goes down the worst it is for me, you can do something f***ing amazing, and everyone goes: ‘Oh god, it’s the best thing ever, 10/10.’
“But if you do something else that is 9.5/10 people are like: ‘It’s f***ing awful, this is the worst show on television’, so that’s what goes through my mind.”
While there were no hints as to what could happen in another series, Ricky did confirm one aspect that won’t change by confirming that main character Tony will not see his beloved dog killed off.
He insisted: “The dog does not die. Never.”
Thank God – I don’t think I could handle that.
After Life season two is currently streaming on Netflix – if you haven’t already seen it, get to it.
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