HBO Cancels Lovecraft Country Season 2

It’s the news that no one wanted to hear. HBO has officially canceled Lovecraft Country Season 2. This comes as a huge disappointment to fans of the show, who were eagerly anticipating more episodes. The first season was an instant hit, and it seemed like Lovecraft Country had all the potential in the world to be a breakout success. Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll never find out what happened to Atticus Black and his friends.

Lovecraft Country’s plot

Lovecraft Country’s 10-episode first season featured Atticus Freeman (Majors) as he travels throughout 1950s Jim Crow America from Chicago with his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) and childhood friend Letitia (Smollett) in quest of his missing father Montrose (Michael Kenneth Williams). Their search-and-rescue mission evolves into a battle for survival against the racial terrors of white America and horrifying creatures straight out of an H.P. Lovecraft novel.

Green co-wrote and executive produced the film Lovecraft Country. Through his Monkeypaw Productions company, Peele served as executive producer. Through Bad Robot Production in collaboration with Warner Bros. Television, Abrams and Ben Stephenson served as executive producers. Executive producer Bill Carraro was also involved. Director Yann Demange of episode 1 and director Daniel Sackheim of episodes 2 and 3 were additional executive producers. Episode 1 of the series was executive produced by David Knoller.

What Lovecraft Country Season 2 Would’ve Been About

There was certainly a plan to continue the story, with the season 1 finale leaving plenty of storylines unresolved. Misha Green shared a few details from the season 2 pitch that included what the story would’ve been about in Lovecraft Country season 2. The showrunner shared a map of the United States, one that was now divided into four different sections — the Tribal Nations of the West, the Whitelands, the New Negro Republic, and the Jefferson Commonwealth — that made up this “new world” now called the Sovereign States of America. The Whitelands are where the zombies, which were created by “the Origin” spell, now live. It’s a dangerous area and one that is hard to cross as it splits the east and west sides of the country. Green confirmed season 2 would have been called Lovecraft Country: Supremacy.

Green also shared further details, including the next generation of characters — Diana “Dee” Freeman, George Freeman (Atticus’ son), Billie Baptiste, Wi Sapa “Black Moon” and Xochimitl “Flowered Arrow” — and the “the origin” spell and “the source” would be defined. The latter was revealed as where the initial zombie outbreak originated, marked on the country’s map with a large X. Further plot details haven’t been revealed so it’s hard to gauge what the full extent of the storyline might have been for Lovecraft Country season 2. Green’s details revealed the season would have been set several years after the events of the season 1 finale. There’s a chance Atticus and Leti’s son would’ve been the primary focus of Lovecraft Country season 2 alongside his cousin and the other characters listed. Perhaps one day Green will provide even more information about what could have been, but the show’s cancellation certainly stopped any further development of the story.

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