Axed: Lovecraft Country

Despite rave reviews and award nominations, HBO declines a second season.

Well this is disappointing.

Lovecraft Country has ended at just one season.

“We will not be moving forward with a second season of Lovecraft Country,” HBO said in a statement. “We are grateful for the dedication and artistry of the gifted cast and crew, and to Misha Green, who crafted this groundbreaking series. And to the fans, thank you for joining us on this journey.”

The series drew plenty of critical acclaim, including nominations with the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards and BAFTAs.

The show could yet land nominations at this year’s Emmy Awards.

Based on Matt Ruff’s novel of the same name, it starred Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollet, Courtney B. Vance, Michael Kenneth Williams, Wunmi Mosaku and Aussie Abbey Lee in a struggle to overcome both a racist white America and the monstrous creatures ripped from author H.P Lovecraft’s horror paperbacks.

After the axing showrunner Misha Green took to social media to paint a picture of what might have been in S2. Depicting four nations on what is the territory of the continental United States, the image comes from a more than 75-page Bible that was created for a second season. However no scripts were reportedly written.

Source: Variety, Deadline

3 Responses

  1. Lovecraft Country started well, but then it deviated wildly from the book and got silly quickly. It had a really lame final in which killing off the lead character in a pointless fashion. From what is descibed S2 would have been an entirely different show that overlaps with what The Watchmen, (which also has nothing to do with its eponymous supposed source material,) has done.

  2. I note that some online reviewers of recent shows like ‘The Underground Railroad’ comment that the series writing which was originally written in the book by Colson Whitehead as a fantasy historical drama is now actively bearing witness to the historical Black experience of violent racism like the numbers of recent videos highlighting current Police violence against Black and Brown people in America today, similar violent racist images are also depicted in the supernatural fantasy series Lovecraft Country following the recent trend by African American producers and writers to highlight white supremacist racism, perhaps these shows were becoming too political.

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