Netflix has a habit—pun very much intended—of taking seemingly ridiculous conceits (hello, Too Hot to Handle) and turning them into surprise hits. Take Warrior Nun, for instance—which, yes, is a real show, currently trending as one of the top 10 most-watched series on Netflix in the U.S. The story follows an young orphan named Ava, who wakes up in a morgue and soon discovers she’s been imbued with ancient abilities via an artifact embedded in her back. Oh, and she’s earned a free ticket to join the Order of the Cruciform Sword, a group of—you catching on now?—warrior nuns. Said warrior nuns have sworn to protect the world from demonic forces, though Ava’s not so sure she buys into the hype.
What follows is a lot of Supernatural-esque baddie-fighting, spiffy superpowers, and flashy outfits, but the delightful cast rescues this otherwise irreverent show from alienating its audience. As only the latest of Netflix’s successful comic book adaptations, Warrior Nun gives us little reason to doubt we’ve seen the last of Ava’s adventures. After all, we must learn what happens after the finale’s massive cliffhanger. Will we witness the epic battle between good and evil? Or will Ava hang up her halo for a life in the hills, à la Maria in The Sound of Music?
Here’s what we know so far about a second season of Warrior Nun.
There are reports that Netflix has already renewed the series, but nothing is confirmed.
Although fans are already asking for season 2 news, it’s too early to tell if the series will get the green light. There are some signs of hope, though. The site What’s On Netflix reports that an insider source confirmed Warrior Nun received an early season 2 renewal—but since there’s no official word from Netflix yet, we’re waiting to see if that statement stands.
COVID-19 will likely stall further production.
Even if Warrior Nun earns the go-ahead it deserves, it’s unlikely we’ll see a second season before the latter half of 2021. Given that Hollywood has shut down production throughout the coronavirus pandemic, filming will be slow to restart.
Cast members are already dropping hints about the next chapter.
Several cast members have already spoken out about their predictions for the future. In particular, Toya Turner, who plays Shotgun Mary, told ComingSoon.net, “After you watch the series, you’ll be like, oh, they’re going to go further on this. I think they’re definitely going to push it further.”
And in an interview with Refinery 29, star Alba Baptista discussed where the series might go next—in particular, its exploration of Adriel, a character with a fascinating backstory. “The writers have it all thought out for an eventual season 2,” she revealed. “…I love Adriel’s character. I think he’s so dense and he has a lot of layers to his story, which we will discover further on.”
She later added that, should Warrior Nun be renewed, the second season might be more wild than the first. “[There’s] going to be a big, big reveal for an eventual season 2,” she said. “It was well thought-out. It wasn’t just an accident. It’s another plot twist for the spectators to guess on for another year. They’ll have to wait for another season.”
The showrunner has plans well beyond season 2.
Showrunner Simon Barry certainly hopes for a second season, but if he had his choice, he’d get a third, fourth and fifth as well. “Anything between five and seven seasons would be lovely,” he told Inverse.
He also told CBR.com, “We had ideas out of the first season writing room that we thought would be interesting for a second season if we were lucky enough to get one. So yeah, we definitely encourage Netflix to pursue that.”
So do we, Simon.
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