It had been a while since Gervais had attached his name to anything worth watching and for a lot of people, his credibility ran out shortly after the end of Extras in 2007.
But Afterlife was actually alright, if not a huge vanity project and people genuinely liked it.
With that, it was no surprise that a new season was commissioned by the streaming giants almost immediately, and now Gervais has finished the first drafts of the second season…
Posting on Facebook, the writer and actor wrote (alongside a picture of him holding a script):
“Writing is hard. Rewriting is fun. Drinking wine when you’ve just finished a first draft is f*cking great.”
After the success of season one, Gervais spoke to Metro about a followup, saying:
“Now I’ve thought about it, and I really would like to do a second series because I fell in love with the characters and I’ve got an idea of where it can go.
The second series is always better. Usually because you know the actors.
There’s a little clue at the end of series one when he says, I’m just going to use my superpower for good. He can still be an asshole, and just enjoy it more.“
The synopsis for the show reads:
“Tony had a perfect life — until his wife Lisa died. After that tragic event, the formerly nice guy changed. After contemplating taking his life, Tony decides he would rather live long enough to punish the world by saying and doing whatever he likes. He thinks of it as a superpower — not caring about himself or anybody else — but it ends up being trickier than he envisioned when his friends and family try to save the nice guy that they used to know.”
Only time will tell what happens to Tony next…
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