The Midnight Club Not Getting Season 2 Would Be a Real Horror
The following story contains some spoilers for Season 1 of Netflix’s The Midnight Club.
Netflix has running relationships with lots of creators—from Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes to the Game of Thrones team of David Benioff and D.B. Weiss—but it’s hard to argue that they have one that’s turned out as successful as the streaming giant’s ongoing one with horror writer/director Mike Flanagan. Flanagan, who first worked with Netflix on the Stephen King adaptation feature film Gerald’s Game before pivoting to the shows The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor, and Midnight Mass, is back again for the third year in a row (and fourth of the last five) with The Midnight Club, a YA-themed spookfest based on the work of author Christopher Pike.
Pike’s 1994 novel of the same name inspired the series, and that setting also gives way for much of the show’s ’90s-induced nostalgia. If you liked the Kate Bush and Ghostbusters references in Stranger Things, you’ll be excited to hear talk about Terminator 2 and hear the Pixies on the Midnight Club soundtrack.
But that’s just the sideshow to what you really come to a Mike Flanagan show for: the scares, and the writing. There are jump scares in Midnight Club, yes, but what Flanagan does best here and in all of his work is build three-dimensional characters who you’ll really care about—and then scream with them when a ghost pops its head into the frame, and cry with them if and when something awful happens. It’s easier said than done, but Flanagan has an apparent gift to get viewers and characters almost instantly on the same page.
But what you might be wondering is what comes after The Midnight Club. The show seemingly could continue—or it could just be a one-and-done, like most of Flanagan’s other work. That much, for now, remains to be seen.
Midnight Club could have a Season 2—but probably not.
If you saw the ending of Season 1 of The Midnight Club, well, the set-up for Season 2 is right there.
The hook? In the closing moments of Season 1, Dr. Georgina Stanton (as played by Nightmare on Elm Street horror icon Heather Langenkamp), who has proven to be the even-tempered North Pole for our sick heroes, appears to not quite be who she has seemed to be. She removes her wig, and we see the back of her head: the same half-filled hour glass that Julia Jayne (adult version played by Samantha Sloyan) had on her hand, and that appeared throughout the series. There might be more magical horror at play than she let on.
That could be an easy peg into Season 2—or it could just be a classic oh, we’re fucked, aren’t we? horror ending.
Flanagan hasn’t publicly expressed whether he sees Midnight Club as an ongoing series or not, but his previous three projects—The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor, and Midnight Mass—have all been intended as single-season, standalone, limited events. It would be an upset if Midnight Club wasn’t the same. He’s also got another series already in the pipeline, presumably for next year around this same time (more on that below), so if there was to be a Season 2, it would likely come a little further down the line.
Mike Flanagan has more Netflix series in the works, however.
Midnight Club marked Flanagan’s fourth series (and fifth project overall, including his feature film Gerald’s Game) for Netflix, and at least one more will join that group.
The Fall of the House of Usher, based on the short story of the same name and other works of Edgar Allen Poe, is in the works at Netflix, likely to be released right around Halloween time in 2023, as the show has already completed production. That show’s cast is absolutely stacked with Flanagan friends, including Bruce Greenwood, Kate Siegel, Rahul Kohli, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas, T’Nia Miller, Annabeth Gish, Carl Lumbly and Robert Longstreet, among others. Some notable newcomers to his world include Mark Hamill and Willa Fitzgerald.
Midnight Club fans will be excited to see a number of favorites from the series returning for Usher as well, including Igby Rigney, Samantha Sloyan, Zach Gilford, Matt Biedel, and Aya Furukawa.
Flanagan has other projects in the works—including the rights to graphic novel Something Is Killing The Children—but it seems like after The Fall of the House of Usher could be taking a little break (at least compared to his recent prolific pace). He recently tweeted that he wrapped filming on Usher, which marked the end of essentially three straight years—and four shows—in a row of filming in Vancouver.
If we get Midnight Club Season 2, or Something Is Killing the Children, or anything else from Mr. Flanagan, it may just be a little bit longer than usual—and if it’s anywhere near as good as it’s been, it’ll be worth the wait.
Evan is the culture editor for Men’s Health, with bylines in The New York Times, MTV News, Brooklyn Magazine, and VICE. He loves weird movies, watches too much TV, and listens to music more often than he doesn’t.