One of the biggest hit shows of 2022 is Netflix’s Wednesday, starring the incredibly popular Jenna Ortega. The show took the internet by storm, highlighted by the infamous dance performance in episode four choreographed by the actress herself. This show, to the surprise of no one, was swiftly renewed for a second season by Netflix, so I thought today I’d share what I’d like to see in Wednesday season 2!
Wednesday Addams will return to Nevermore once again for another semester of mystery and woe. Each episode title in season one contained the word woe in it, revealing one of the major themes of the season. Wednesday season 2 will likely expand upon existing themes, narratives, character arcs, and more. The season should also deliver an adventure full of new plot twists, characters, and surprises.
The Wednesday cast is rounded out by a strong list of actors such as Emma Myers, who partially steals the show as the young and spunky best friend, Enid Sinclair. The show also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Addams, Luis Guzman as Gomez Addams, Christina Ricci as Marilyn Thornhill, and Gwendoline Christie as Principal Weems. It was executive produced and partially directed by gothic mastermind Tim Burton.
The Continued evolution of Wednesday Addams
The most surprising part of the first season, for me, is the evolution of Wednesday the character. Most people who know Wednesday Addams know of a little girl with a sinister outlook on the world and a witty sense of humor.
While these personality traits persist throughout the first season, we see Wednesday embark on a journey as a normal teenager of sorts. We see her make friends, find love, go to therapy, and work towards finding her place in the world. The level of character development brought to the table was unexpected, as I truly did not think there was a capability to bring so many dimensions to a character like Wednesday Addams without making her feel a bit unnatural.
I hope to see these narratives expanded upon in Wednesday season 2, with a commitment to the continued fleshing out of the lead character. Even the slightest hint of reverting the previous character arc of Wednesday may throw the audience off. I truly hope the show can continue to find a balance between keeping the Wednesday we all love, while also continuing to advance and mature the character.
Wednesday’s second season is likely to expand on her love interests and friendships. She was caught in somewhat of a love triangle between Tyler (Hunter Doohan) and Xavier (Percy Hynes-White), but with Tyler now out of the picture, that clears room for advancement in her relationship with Xavier. By the end of the first season, Wednesday and Bianca Barclay also seemed to be on good terms. The second season certainly has its hands full, picking up where it leaves off
Expanding narratives for the supporting cast
The weakest part of the first season is certainly the lack of expansive stories for the supporting cast. Outside of Enid and the Morticia/Gomez storyline, the supporting cast was fairly limited in terms of storyline. Episode five (“You Reap What You Woe”) is really the only time the show branched out into new avenues.
The introduction of Bianca’s mother and her manipulative tendencies adds dimensions to Bianca (Joy Sunday) that aren’t there for the first four episodes. The strife between Enid and her family shows that Wednesday isn’t alone in having family issues. I expect to see these types of storylines expanded upon in Wednesday season 2.
I also hope to see the supporting cast become more involved in the main plot. For the majority of the season, it is just Wednesday and Thing working in secret, which I love, but I would like to see the plot incorporate other characters in a more central way. Enid and Tyler tagged along many times in the first outing, but it never felt like they were exactly central to the story besides Tyler of course being the secret villain. I believe a more in-depth exploration of each character would help to spread out the story a bit. We’ve already seen Jenna Ortega do some major lifting in season one, hopefully, in season two they can help to take some of the pressure off of her.
More Addams family mayhem in Wednesday season 2
People love the Addams family for their kooky ways. While the show is titled Wednesday, it still features the rest of the Addams family. Fred Armisen is so incredibly charming as Uncle Fester, while only appearing in one episode. Catherine Zeta-Jones exhibits a wonderful motherly energy every time she appears on screen as Morticia Addams, while Luis Guzman is hilarious as Gomez Addams. Finding a way to fit these characters into season two with an expanded role, while still keeping the attention on Wednesday, would be great to see as the series continues.
One way to do this would be to actually have Morticia or Gomez work at Nevermore. With the recent death of Principal Weems and the expected death of Mrs. Thornhill (aka Laurel Gates) there will more than likely be a few open spots on the Nevermore staff. Getting the Addams family involved at Nevermore seems like a really exciting idea.
Gomez becoming a teacher there would be an avenue that opens up not only great comedy but a way for the family to get more involved with the story itself. Both Morticia and Gomez are incredibly fond of Nevermore, so it certainly would make sense that both of them may want to spend more time there.
What do you want to see in Wednesday season 2?
With the wildly successful first season in the rearview, the writers’ room for season 2 has its hands full. Keeping the second season up to par with the level of production and writing should be the main priority for the team behind the making of Wednesday.
Netflix usually does not let original shows run beyond five seasons, so the overarching plot for the series will need to be concise. I expect season two to not only advance the overarching plot but continue to advance the characters and their arcs. After all, that is truly what made the Wednesday series special, the relatability of the characters and the events they experience every day in a supernatural environment.
Season one is now streaming on Netflix. Are you excited about Wednesday having a second season? What do you want to see in the future episodes and seasons of this series? Let us know on Twitter or in The Cosmic Circus Discord. And if you haven’t already, scroll down to join our email updates list!