Popular Netflix original series Unbelievable told a powerful story over eight episodes when it debuted in September 2019. Taking on the controversial subject of sexual assault and the difference in gender experiences made it a show to watch for many in 2019. It was so well done that many fans are asking if there will be a second season focusing on a separate crime.
‘Unbelievable’ is based on a true story
Unbelievable tells the true story of 18-year-old Marie of Lynnwood, Washington. The role of Marie is played by Kaitlyn Dever.
Hours after she’s raped in her own home by an intruder, she files a police report. The detectives investigating the case doubt her story, however, as do her foster parents. When she’s gripped by fear and overwhelmed by her terrifying situation, Marie recants the report.
To add insult to injury, she’s even brought up on charges for filing a false report by the same detectives who pressured her into withdrawing her original report.
Miles away in Colorado, Detective Grace Rasmussen (Toni Collette) and Detective Karen Duvall (Merritt Wever) meet while investigating a similar set of cases that lead them to think they may be pursuing a serial rapist. Fans watch as Duvall and Rasmussen pursue the serial rapist, and their journey is intertwined with how Marie copes with the aftermath of her rape.
‘Unbelievable’ received an overwhelmingly positive response
Showrunner Susannah Grant (Oscar-nominated writer of Erin Brockovich) told Entertainment Weekly that the response to the Netflix drama has been overwhelmingly positive. Fans are asking for more.
Grant believes the “Merritt-Toni duo” was one thing that drew the audience in. She believes viewers would love to see them again, reprising their roles. She explained that she’d love to work with them again.
The story, Grant explained, had a “wonderful shape to it.” Grant believes the series ended just the way she wanted it to and that it was “great.”
Unbelievable told a complete story over eight episodes and came to a finite ending. It examines relevant subjects like rape, reporting sexual assault, and the difference between female and male experiences. The subject matter made it one of the most compelling and important shows of 2019.
Based on the real-life case as detailed in the Pulitzer Prize-winning ProPublica article of 2015, the Netflix series told the entire story. What does this mean for the possibility of a second season of the show?
Will there be a new season of ‘Unbelievable’?
Grant explains that there were never any intentions of extending the season beyond those eight episodes telling the original story of Marie. She believes that a compelling and clear story was told in the first season.
Marie’s story was important and to Grant, it reached a very satisfying conclusion. She explains the desire is there to tell new stories, not more of this story.
When Grant was asked about the possibility of making Unbelievable into an anthology type series, like American Horror Story which tells a new story with new characters in each season, she seemed excited.
“That’s a cool idea!” she told EW.
She went on to say if she encountered a similar case, she’d jump at it. The case at the heart of Unbelievable, Grant explained, had weight and incredible journalism and storytelling behind it. She said she hasn’t run across another such story yet but that she would never say never.
Unbelievable is streaming on Netflix now.