It’s inevitable that there would be talk around a Godless season 2 for a few simple reasons — critics love the show (including all of us here at CarterMatt), viewers seem to love the show, and it’s probably only going to become more popular over time as people discover it. It’s been a while since we’ve had a really good all out western like Deadwood, so we understand why people want more.
Yet, loving something doesn’t mean that we get to have more from it. We’ve already written about shows like Big Little Lies that have evolved from being a limited series because of enthusiasm by the fans and the show’s cast in doing more. The difference between the Nicole Kidman HBO series and Godless seems to be that in this case, some of the cast of the show seems fine to let it be exactly what it was intended to be – a limited series.
In speaking on the subject to The Hollywood Reporter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster (who plays the part of Whitey Winn on the series) had the following to say:
“It’s got a really nice beginning, middle and end. It’s very popular now-a-days to just make something go on and on and on. At some point, it becomes some sort of money-maker thing and I think as a viewer you can see that and sense that. For me, unless they do something amazing with the writing and as long as it’s appropriate, I think it’s nice to actually have a Netflix show that comes out like this where you have the beginning, middle and end.”
Sam Waterston made it clear that he doesn’t think there will be a season 2 simply because the show is based on established source material. That may be true, but you could make the same argument about both Big Little Lies and The Handmaid’s Tale and they are both coming back for another season. Meanwhile, over on HBO The Leftovers continued beyond the Tom Perrotta novels and, ironically, had their best seasons when the show had a little bit more freedom from the source material.
Regardless of if there is more of the story or not, you’ve still got the first batch of episodes to enjoy and that is what matters the most. This was meant to be a story that stands on its own two feet, and if someone for some reason decides to make more we’d hope they would remember to not deviate far from what made the show so great in the first place.
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