The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance got quite a positive reception. But was the reception good enough to get a second season? Let's explore.
37 years after the original movie by Jim Henson, Netflix released a 10-episode prequel titled The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, which received universal acclaim from both fans and critics alike. Such an overwhelmingly positive response from the show is deserving of the second season is it not?
It does seem a bit worrisome since we’re about to enter 2020 and we haven’t exactly got confirmation as to whether or not there will be a second season at this point. However, there is a bit of optimism and teasing going around here and there straight from the horse’s mouths as we will open up to you in this article. This could be what gives us the hope we need to return to the world of Thra once again.
As of now, the official renewal status for TDC: AOR is Pending.
One of the biggest takeaways of the first season is that it wasn’t confirmed to be a one-off season or series and judging by the ending, it certainly does appear to be the case that the show can go to other places.
Despite the near six-month silence, co-creator of the series, Jeffrey Addiss has gone on record to say, “We also have a concrete document for season two. So we are ready to go.”
The other co-creator has chimed in on the matter by saying:
“If we are lucky enough to get more seasons then the story will go on and we know where it’s going and it’s maybe more hopeful than you might think.”
So it’s good to know the showrunners are optimistic about a new season for TDC: AOR and so should we because there’s no way a series that well-received all around for the first season shouldn’t even be deserving of another. This is considering the fact that the cost for costumes, sets, and puppets can be easily covered due to the enormous returns from the first season. But it would still be quite expensive knowing that 2,500 have worked on the first season and would likely have the same number of people involved in the potential second season, if not more.
From the first season, it looks as if the Geflings are in for it. They might have emerged as victors from their Stone in Wood battle, but they have yet to win the way against the Skesis.
And by the end of the first season, the war quickly ruled in favor of the Skesis thanks to the weapon made by the Scientist. This insane weapon was called the Garthim, which received its power from the eponymous dark crystal. This creation is a hideous amalgamation of the corpses from the Gruneks and Arathim that were grossly pieced together. This creation is what led to an event called the “Garthim War.”
From the looks of it, the Garthim will serve as the very tool that will lead the Skesis to their imminent triumph over the Gelflings and eventually steal their essence.
The second season is expected to have Rian, Brea and Deet resume their adventures from where they left off in the first season as the Henson team continues to expand the world of Thra where new characters get introduced in the battle between the Skesis and the Gefling.
But if you really want to know which way the show is going, you’d probably want to pick up the young adult Dark Crystal series that begins with Shadows of the Dark Crystal, which heavily influenced the first season (if not an accurate adaptation). We’re almost certain that you’ll find the answers to where the lore of season 2 is going to be based on.
Co-executive producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach told io9:
“The YA novels sort of began to set a lot of that template for the kind of flower of Gelfling civilization being in full bloom.”
"We have seven kinds of Gelfling in this TV show, so you're seeing an entire spectrum of civilization. You're seeing a planet that is developed, that has societies, that has different racial groups, different divisions between different species and stuff like that."
The second season will probably explore the Darkening to a greater depth, right after season one concluded.
Grillo-Marxuach had this to say:
“One of the big ecological parables of this show is that you have a system that has suffered the insult of having the Skeksis put into it. The Skeksis are not of Thra, they came from another galaxy perhaps, we don't know.”
Besides the three mains Rian (Taron Egerton), Deet (Nathalie Emmanuel), Brea (Anya Taylor-Joy) who are already locked in for a return, we’re hoping to have the following actors make their eventual return as Geflings as well soon:
● Theo James
● Natalie Dormer
● Toby Jones
● Caitriona Balfe
● Mark Strong
● Shazad Latif
● Eddie Izzard
● Harris Dickinson
● Helena Bonham-Carter
● Alicia Vikander
● Gugu Mbatha-Raw
As of now, there is no official word as to who is set to return and who can’t. However, one of the leading cast members, Nathalie Emmanuel told RadioTimes.com:
“I feel like I'm not allowed to answer that. I can't confirm – but hell yeah, I'd come back! It was so much fun, absolutely."
Apart from the Geflings, we’re also expecting the Mystics and the Skeksis actors to return as well, including:
● Mark Hamill
● Simon Pegg
● Jason Isaacs
● Andy Samberg
● Ólafur Darri Ólafsson
● Harvey Fierstein
● Keegan-Michael Key
● Ralph Ineson
Since Season 2 hasn’t even been announced, much less gone into production, don’t expect a trailer to drop anytime soon. But as soon as there is one, which of course, will come after the show goes well into the days of production, we’ll have it ready for you right here.