Sharp Objects season 2: Why it’s not happening at HBO

Following tonight’s finale, we could understand there being a demand for a Sharp Objects season 2 over at HBO — or at least something else in that world.

Yet, at the same time, there is no season 2 coming. Why? First and foremost, this appears to be a decision made by star Amy Adams — regardless of how the first season of the show concludes, this does not appear to be a role that she wants to take on again. Playing Camille was a tough, challenging process, and it takes a lot out of a person. It’s emotional, it’s devastating, and at some point, you want to get out of that skin and into some others.

Also, Sharp Objects was always intended to be a limited series. It was an adaptation with a clearly-defined beginning, middle, and end. While there have been some other HBO limited series, including Big Little Lies, that have received a second season, that doesn’t mean that every other one should. As a matter of fact, we think that most limited series are meant to last only one year. While occasionally you do get a series like The Sinner that sticks around a little bit longer and proves to be worth it, we’ve certainly seen plenty of examples of the contrary. Heck, a good one is an HBO show in True Detective — and it didn’t even tell the same story from one season to the next.

At this point, the best thing for the future of Sharp Objects really seems to be to let everyone move on. We do think that it’s certainly possible that Adams gets a chance to move forward with another project at the network. They’ve given her an opportunity to have a lot of creative freedom and beyond that, opportunities to do really great work with extremely talented people. We’ll have to wait and see precisely what happens.

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