If it turns out we get a What/If season 2 on Netflix at some point in the future, it could at least end up having one important thing in common with American Horror Story. After all, it seems like the show really wants to lean into the whole anthology story feel, and that includes bringing a lot of familiar faces from the cast back.
Speaking in a new interview with TVLine, executive producer Mike Kelley made it very much clear what he’d like to do, at least in terms of making each season feel a little bit different than the one that aired before:
“My intention is for future seasons, assuming we get future seasons, to take place in a universe where the other story never existed … So there would be no Anne Montgomery in the world of Season 2.”
It’s understandable if your first reaction upon seeing that is surprise, given that American Horror Story does actually have most of its seasons in a shared universe. How are these two shows now similar? Well, the following message speaks for itself:
“Assuming everyone’s schedule lines up and they want to do it, my hope is to pull an American Horror Story and bring back the same actors to play different parts in each season.”
Basically, this means that Renee Zellweger and the majority of the What/If cast could be back for next season playing an array of different characters … and this would certainly be something that we would endorse in full. The most important thing with this show is that if this happens, Kelley and the writers find a way to cast everyone in almost completely different roles than they did the first time around. That’s just a great way to add a little bit more in the way of creativity to the proceedings and to entice all of these performers to want to come back for a little bit more.
Odds are, we won’t find out about the future of What/If for several weeks still. Netflix likes to be deliberate with the decisions that they make and take a look at many weeks’ worth of data before figuring things out. That’s probably especially important with a show like this, given that you’re talking about a new property and with that, this is not a show that viewers are necessarily going to be breaking down the door in order to check out right away. Patience is going to need to be a virtue here since otherwise, you may be disappointed with early ratings. It may take some time for viewers to discover it overall.
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