What we can expect from season 2 of 'Wednesday'

Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams in "Wednesday."
Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams on "Wednesday."Netflix
  • A second season of Netflix's hit show "Wednesday" is in the works.

  • Star Jenna Ortega has said that season two will digress from the love triangle involving Wednesday.

  • Ortega also said that the horror element of the show will be increased.

Netflix's teen series "Wednesday" is returning for more episodes after a wildly successful, viral first season.

The show, which stars Jenna Ortega as the iconic character Wednesday Addams, was renewed for season two in January 2023.

Here's what we know about the upcoming season so far.

Season 2 will lean more into horror and focus less on Wednesday's love life

Hunter Doohan as Tyler Galpin and Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams on season one, episode seven of "Wednesday."
Hunter Doohan as Tyler Galpin and Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams on season one, episode seven of "Wednesday."Vlad Cioplea/Netflix

Amid investigating mysteries on season one, Wednesday also found herself in a love triangle with two of her peers at Nevermore Academy: Xavier Thorpe (Percy Hynes White), the brooding psychic artist, and Tyler Galpin (Hunter Doohan), a barista at Weathervane Cafe and the son of the town's sheriff.

Ortega previously voiced her dissatisfaction with the love triangle during an episode of the podcast "Armchair Expert With Dax Shepard," saying that it made "no sense" for a character like Wednesday.

During an appearance on NBC's "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" in March, Ortega again downplayed her character's romances. "I think we want to up the horror aspect of it a little bit and then get Wednesday out of her romantic situation and just let her be her own individual and fight her own crime."

She shared similar comments during a conversation with Elle Fanning for Variety's Actors on Actors, published in June.

"We want to lean into the horror aspect of the show a little bit more," Ortega said, "because it is so lighthearted, and a show like this with vampires and werewolves and superpowers, you don't want to take yourself too seriously."

"We're ditching any romantic love interest for Wednesday, which is really great," she added.

Ortega reiterated that season two will be more horror-focused while speaking to E! News at the postponed 2023 Emmys in January 2024.

"There are some really, really good one-liners," Ortega said, also teasing more action. "I think each episode will probably feel a little bit like a movie, which is nice."

Ortega elaborated on the difference between seasons one and two in an interview with Vanity Fair published on Wednesday.

"In the first season we had episodes that really stood out visually, like the dance episode was a really big one for people, and that setting was very particular and it felt like 'Prom Night,' a little bit, or 'Carrie,'" she said.

"Every episode [of season two] that I've read so far is like that," Ortega continued. "It just stands out on its own as a very memorable scene or bit or setting, which I think is what I'm most excited for, because to pull that off for eight episodes is, I think, really incredible and really lucky."

Ortega will serve as a producer on season 2

Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams in Netflix's "Wednesday."
Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams on Netflix's "Wednesday."Netflix

Ortega famously (and controversially) changed script lines and vetoed a flash mob scene on season one of the series.

When she returns for the next installment of episodes, she'll have even more of a saying in decision-making.

"When I went into 'Wednesday' I really put my foot down and made it clear that everything that I had to say mattered and was heard," Ortega said in a comedy actress roundtable interview for The Hollywood Reporter. "And as the show went on, we all got a better feel for one another and it's become a really collaborative experience, and I feel really lucky to be able to be in the room early next season and be talking about scripts and giving notes."

Ortega also told Fanning that adding a producer credit to her work on "Wednesday" was a "natural progression" because she's a "hands-on" person.

"With a character like Wednesday, who is so beloved and such a legend, I just really didn't want to get her wrong," she explained. "So I try to have as many conversations as possible."

Ortega continued: "In preparation for a second season, we wanted to get ahead of the curve and make sure that we could start the conversations earlier. And I'm just so curious. I want to see the outfits, new characters that are coming in, scripts, and they were gracious enough to let me put the producer hat on."

Another Addams family member is expected to appear

Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Adams and Luis Guzmán as Gomez Addams on season one, episode one of "Wednesday."
Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Adams and Luis Guzmán as Gomez Addams on season one, episode one of "Wednesday."Courtesy of Netflix

Season one included appearances from Gomez (Luis Guzmán), Morticia (Catherine Zeta-Jones), Pugsley (Isaac Ordonez), and Uncle Fester (Fred Armisen).

During Netflix's "Tudum: A Global Fan Event" in June, cast members Ortega, Doohan, Emma Myers (Enid Sinclair), and Joy Sunday (Bianca Barclay) confirmed that someone else from the kooky family will show up — but it's unclear who.

Steve Buscemi and Thandiwe Newton are reportedly joining the cast

Steve Buscemi, left, in February 2024. Thandiwe Newton, right, in March 2022.
Steve Buscemi, left, in February 2024. Thandiwe Newton, right, in March 2022.Evan Agostini/Invision/AP; Chris Pizzello/AP

According to Variety, the "Miracle Workers" star and "Westworld" actor will both appear in season two of "Wednesday." Newton's role is unclear, but Buscemi will reportedly play the new principal of Nevermore Academy after previous headmistress Larissa Weems (Gwendoline Christie) was killed off during season one.

The release date hasn't been announced yet

Jenna Ortega and Thing in Netflix's "Wednesday."
Jenna Ortega and Thing on Netflix's "Wednesday."Netflix

Development of season two was paused during the writers' and actors' strikes. After both strikes were resolved, Deadline reported that season two of  "Wednesday" will be filmed in Ireland, with production aiming to begin in late April.

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