HBO Will not Decide Up The Outsider For Season 2

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The next story incorporates spoilers for the primary season of The Outsider. If you have not seen the entire season, or in the event you care about being spoiled, that you must cease studying now.


When Stephen King’s The Outsider was launched in 2018, it was heralded as one of many legendary horror author’s finest novels in years. Two years later, and that very same e book has been tailored right into a 10-part HBO collection that followers and critics alike have flocked to. Whereas the story of King’s e book has been largely informed and wrapped up within the season’s ending, there appear to be quite a few hints that the present might return for a second season. It was introduced in November 2020 that HBO was cancelling The Outsider after only one season, however the present’s manufacturing firm, MRC, is supposedly on the lookout for new properties; they gave the impression to be constructing towards a second season.

This is able to seemingly, in impact, take the collection to uncharted floor. It is a trick that HBO has pulled earlier than—The Leftovers lined the plot of Tom Perrotta’s e book within the first season earlier than persevering with for 2 extra from Damon Lindelof; Large Little Lies had a second season final summer time that was wholly unbiased of the plot of Lianne Moriarty’s e book of the identical identify.

However then, in April, one thing modified: King launched one other e book. That e book, a set of 4 novellas titled If It Bleeds, discovered the horror grasp telling 4 beforehand untold tales—and one in every of them, the titular story “If It Bleeds,” returned to the characters of Holly Gibney and Ralph Anderson. This story, or some expanded/adjusted model of it, might make for the premise of a second season.

Another trace {that a} second season could possibly be within the works? Stephen King retweeted this, from fellow novelist Linwood Barclay:

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