For anybody who likes to lose themselves in a creepy thriller as soon as the youngsters are asleep, Netflix’s Satan in Ohio was a devilishly good time. Starring Emily Deschanel as hospital psychiatrist and mother of three Suzanne, the present delved into the world of satanic cults and explored how far one mom would go to avoid wasting a younger lady raised in such a darkish setting. The sequence stored viewers guessing proper right down to the wild twist ending, and now the one thriller left to unravel is whether or not or not Netflix will give followers a Satan in Ohio Season 2.
The primary eight-episode season premiered in its entirety on Friday, Sept. 2, and as of writing, it’s at present the primary present on Netflix. Due to its twisty plotting, professional mixing of genres (it’s a thriller and household drama!), and a terrific forged anchored by Deschanel, it’s no marvel Satan in Ohio turned out to be the right Labor Day weekend binge.
However whereas the sequence seems to be successful, it’s unclear if Netflix can be revisiting Suzanne and Mae’s (Madeleine Arthur) unnerving bond. The e-book of the identical identify by Daria Polatin, on which the sequence was primarily based, doesn’t have a sequel. Nevertheless, whether or not or not the streamer brings the sequence again for a second season seemingly relies on how lengthy it stays on the high of Netflix’s Prime 10 listing — and if Polatin, who served because the showrunner, has inspiration for a second chapter of this nail-biting cult drama.
Warning: Main spoilers for Season 1 of Satan in Ohio forward.
What occurred on the finish of Satan in Ohio?
By the point the credit rolled on Satan in Ohio, Suzanne’s husband has made the tough resolution to maneuver out of the home with their three youngsters till his spouse agrees to chop Mae out of their lives. Nevertheless, regardless of every little thing that’s occurred since they met her, Suzanne continues to be dedicated to serving to Mae get her GED and discover a place to dwell. Her incapability to let go of the woman in the end alienates her from her family — however her time with Mae additionally spurs her to really study her personal historical past of abuse and eventually face her personal trauma.
After rescuing Mae from the cult, Suzanne brings her again house, and the 2 are having Thanksgiving dinner when she receives a surprising name. It seems Mae willingly returned to the cult and orchestrated her personal “abduction.” Suzanne is in complete shock, however the sequence ends with out revealing what occurs subsequent between the 2 ladies. As a substitute, the digicam pans to a shrine within the woods Mae constructed that includes photographs of her with Suzanne.
It’s each spooky and ambiguous — simply the best way Polatin needed it. In a current interview with TV Insider, she defined why she determined to finish the present earlier than Suzanne and Mae might discuss concerning the info Suzanne had simply realized.
“We depart them in that second as a result of that’s an enormous second and there are alternative ways it could possibly go. That’s what’s enjoyable about it, too, as a dialog piece,” she stated. “I like to jot down tales that folks can have interaction with and discuss and talk about, and so it’s query and it’s one thing enjoyable for the viewers to interact with as effectively in dialog, like watercooler. What would she do? What would you do? I like tales that encourage some interplay as a viewer as effectively, and I feel this provides us that to stimulate conversations with folks.”
Has Satan in Ohio been renewed for Season 2?
Right here’s the dangerous information: Netflix billed Satan in Ohio as a restricted sequence proper from the beginning. That means the present was all the time meant to be a one-and-done. Nonetheless, there’s an extended historical past of miniseries being become ongoing reveals.
Exhibits like The White Lotus and Huge Little Lies have been initially billed as restricted sequence earlier than happening to safe a second season. The identical factor might occur to Satan in Ohio, particularly because the closing episode ended on a wild cliffhanger. Granted, that could possibly be the final viewers see of Suzanne and Mae, however there are many methods the present might proceed on past that Thanksgiving from hell.
Even Polatin can see a means ahead, regardless that she’s uncertain if the present will proceed. “We wrote it as a restricted sequence,” she instructed TV Insider. “We wrote starting, center, and finish. We put all our playing cards on the desk. However the story naturally has a few questions on the finish. The place did the cult go, and what’s going to occur with Mae and Suzanne? Is she going to select up the telephone and name Peter within the subsequent second? It’s fascinating to assume the place it would go however, for now, it’s simply an all-in restricted [series].”
Along with Polatin’s theorizing about what might occur within the moments instantly following the telephone name to Suzanne, there are many different components from Season 1 that might stand to be explored extra in a second season. For instance:
- Who was the creepy Halloween ornament/creature that gave Dani a presumably allergen-tainted piece of sweet?
- What was the cope with Detective Lopez’s post-divorce drama? May his ex-wife play right into a second season one way or the other?
- What actually occurred to Helen’s ex, Teddy?
- Arguably the obvious: The place did the cult go?
In fact, if the sequence didn’t need to spend a whole second season on Suzanne’s household, it could possibly be a small tie-in to the following chapter in an anthology-style season. For the reason that cult has been round for fairly a while — and presumably has moved on and sure on the lookout for a brand new “chosen one” — one other installment might discover a distinct member of the cult.
If Satan in Ohio does return, when would Season 2 premiere?
If the celebrities align excellent and Satan in Ohio returns for a second season of psychological scares, followers could possibly be in for fairly a wait. It could seemingly be fall 2023 on the earliest earlier than Season 2 premieres, however the wait could possibly be for much longer.
For now, viewers haven’t any alternative however to think about for themselves what occurs after Suzanne hangs up the telephone.