Is Season 2 happening?
F*** yeah, it is, and critics of networks that renew shows that were initially intended to be one-off miniseries will just have to deal with it! In August 2018, the show tweeted a clip of Season 1's dramatic final scene, accompanied by the message, "We'll be f***ing back." Along with the news, Beth Willis, the head of dramatic programming at Channel 4, told Deadline, "We're so proud that this global success story began at Channel 4 and that a second series is on its way. [Writer Charlie Covell's] witty, wonderful world is back and we can't wait to see where she takes it next."
When will it be released?
There's no word on an official release date yet, but we do know that the next installment will hit Channel 4 first and that they intend to be a bit more proprietary about ownership of The End of the F***ing World. Season 1 premiered on Channel 4 in October 2017, hit their digital service All 4 in full shortly thereafter, and eventually reached Netflix in January 2018. However, according to Deadline, this time around might work differently. Channel 4's content chief Ian Katz said the idea is to differentiate the series as a Channel 4 production, not a Netflix show -- confusion that tends to arise because Netflix labels both its wholly-owned and its exclusive acquisitions and co-productions as Netflix Originals. "Next time, we'll run the whole series on the channel, then there will be a conventional hold back of more than a year before people see it on Netflix," said Katz. "It really bugs me that people think that show is a Netflix show, I really want to reclaim ownership of it, it’s absolutely a Channel 4 show."
This, of course, is not great news for some in the age of online spoilers, but hold tight because the show did originally air just three months ahead of hitting the streaming service. With the demand there, it's likely it will return to Netflix sooner than expected. Since RadioTimes reports the series will hit Channel 4 in late 2019, Alyssa actress Jessica Barden shared on Instagram that the series was going back into production in March 2019 (more on that later), captioning her photo, "Merry Christmas." That would fit the timeline for new episodes by the end of 2019 -- so December could definitely be in the cards.