Netflix has cancelled Mike Flanagan’s The Midnight Club.
In a Tumblr post, the writer-director detailed what Season 2 would have looked like.
More of our favourite characters would have died.
Fans of horror are still reeling from the news that Netflix has cancelled Mike Flanagan’s The Midnight Club.
There were so many plot threads left hanging, and, as Flanagan promised, the writer-director detailed what Season 2 would have looked like.
Flanagan went into detail about a season that would have pushed its dark and emotional themes even further in an extremely detailed Tumblr post.
Simply put, many more of our favourite characters would perish. The season was set to begin with Amesh’s glioblastoma progressing.
The first few episodes would focus on his and Natsuki’s love story prior to Amesh’s death. Amesh, like Anya, would see the shadow of “Death.”
Natsuki would die shortly after, making things even more heartbreaking. On a brighter note, Spence would live and would no longer be terminal thanks to advances in HIV treatment.
Our main character, Illonka, is attempting to reconcile with Julia Jayne by duping her into assisting the Paragon cult.
Illonka would tell the story of Christopher Pike’s Remember Me, which would be the main plot thread. This is one of Flanagan’s favourite Pike books, and it tells the story of a teenage girl who is pushed off a balcony, dies, and wakes up as a ghost.
She must try to solve her own murder while dealing with her new reality of death. This would be Illonka confronting her own mortality, a major theme in Season 1.
However, Anya would be the star of her own story, not Illonka. In an unexpected twist, Anya, who died tragically in Season 1, would live on through this story.
As Flanagan points out, telling stories is how the dead survive, and this would be a way for Illonka to grieve/honor her friend’s death as she imagines Anya waking up as a ghost.
This emotional arc would have taken up five episodes, much like Kevin’s “The Wicked Heart” did last season.
Anya’s new role, however, isn’t a coincidence, as Illonka would take Anya’s previous position in spirit as she gives her new roommate, Cheri, the cold shoulder. Just as Anya had done to her.
Everyone, however, wants answers to the major cliffhanger surrounding Dr. Stanton. Buckle up, because Stanton is the daughter of Aceso, the original Paragon cult leader.
As a teenager, she was a member of the cult and wrote the journal that Illonka discovered in Season 1. This is why she got the tattoo. Illonka discovered her initials on the tree as well: Georgina Ballard (GB) was her maiden name.
She, on the other hand, turned on her mother and assisted the children in fleeing. She reclaimed the property after her mother died in order to celebrate life.
She was probably wearing a wig because she had cancer. Flanagan claims that her character had no malicious intentions.
She was simply undergoing chemotherapy treatments, which would be successful and result in Stanton’s remission.
However, that isn’t even the most shocking revelation of the cancelled season, as “Death” or “The Living Shadow” would turn out to be an entity that helped people cross over to the other side by offering kind words before they died.
This entity turned out to be Robert Longstreet’s janitor character, who the patients only saw in Season 1.
Finally, Flanagan revealed that both Kevin and Illonka would perish by the season’s end. However, they were also the reincarnations of the “Mirror Man” and “Cataract Woman.”
Brightcliffe was actually built by Stanley Oscar Freelan (a reference to The Shining) and his wife. Kevin played the wife, and Stanley played Illonka.
They were soulmates, which was a rare sweet turn for the series. There’s a lot more to it than that, as Flanagan delves into the ghostly lovers’ entire backstory, but the season would end with Cheri telling the new Midnight Club about Stanley and his wife’s love story. Illonka, Kevin, Amesh, Anya, and Natsuki’s stories would carry on.
What Flanagan describes in this Season 2 breakdown is why he’s widely regarded as the best genre storyteller working today.
The first season of The Midnight Club was a depressing story about coming to terms with death. It wasn’t a fairy tale in which everyone survived, but rather a twisted harsh reality and a reminder that our time on Earth is limited.
However, this emotionally charged story was also a hopeful love letter to storytelling. Season 2 sounded like it would take all of those fantastic ideas and take them to the next haunting level. Flanagan’s heartbreak is palpable, as is that of horror fans.
While we mourn, check out Flanagan’s mind-blowing Season 2 breakdown on Tumblr.
The trailer for The Midnight Club is embedded below.
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