‘The Undoing’: Did Nicole Kidman Just Tease Season 2?
Days after a bombshell conclusion, Kidman shared behind-the-scenes photos from filming season 1. “I’m forever grateful for each and every member of our cast & crew of #TheUndoing. They poured their hearts and souls into our show and it showed throughout the entire season,” she wrote on Instagram along with a string of photos. “Greatly looking forward to working with all of you again xx.”
Fans are still catching their breath from The Undoing finale when the murderer’s identity was finally revealed. While producers have not confirmed (or denied) another season, fans are hoping Kidman knows something they don’t. But is a second season even possible?
The book does not have a sequel
While other David E. Kelley series like Big Little Lies easily flowed into a sophomore season, The Undoing does not. Both series are based on books with The Undoing based on “You Should Have Known,” which does not have a sequel.
The Undoing Season 1 delivers on its promise of uncovering the identity of the murderer. But it leaves the lives of those in its wake open-ended. “Of course you wonder what comes after this is over,” director Susanne Bier told Oprah Mag in November. “We did joke about it on set… I won’t rule it out. But it’s not in the concrete works.”
However, producers may rethink ending the series. The Undoing became the first HBO series to grow ratings with each week, IndieWire reports. Total viewership increased by 43% from week to week. Plus it more than doubled premiere night ratings, according to WarnerMedia.
WarnerMedia also reported that the finale generated 3 million viewers across all platforms.
Does the cast hope for another season?
Many cast members have expressed satisfaction with how the series wrapped up. “In my head, it was a limited series, we’ve done the storytelling,” actor Noma Dumezweni, who played attorney Haley Fitzgerald told Harper’s Bazaar. “And I don’t think there is [space for another season].”
But she added that she’s curious what a second season would look like. “I’m really curious,” Dumezweni said. “And I do love that idea, but it’s just a different world. But where would you focus it on? Do you still focus it on the Frasers? Do you still focus it on the courtroom?”
“Do you focus it on the school?” she continued to ponder. “You’ve been given this whole world of possibilities. But how do you carry on a second series when it came from a specific moment of school and the parents? And what I love about it is, the social commentary, ultimately.”
Even though her character was killed off on season 1, actor Matilda De Angelis who played Elena Alves said she’d love to return for flashback scenes. “Or maybe flashbacks, yeah! Like Laura Palmer in Twin Peaks, or something like that,” she remarked. “I could be … you know, my twin shows up or something like that. [Laughs.] Yeah, it would be great. I think it’s a great show, so why not?”