Will There Be a Season 2 of HBO’s ‘The Outsider’?

For eight weeks, HBO’s horror series The Outsider has kept viewers on the edge of their seats. And now, as the season finale brings Ralph (Ben Mendelsohn) and Holly’s (Cynthia Erivo) battle with El Cuco to a head, fans are wondering what’s next for the series. So will there be a season 2 of The Outsider?

[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for episodes 1 – 10 of The Outsider.]

Ben Mendelsohn, Yul Vazquez.
Ben Mendelsohn, Yul Vazquez | Bob Mahoney/HBO

‘The Outsider’ is based on a Stephen King novel

The HBO series is based on Stephen King’s terrifying 2018 novel of the same name. Aside from a few differences, like names and locations, the show has stayed pretty true to the book. 

The story begins with the murder of a young boy named Frankie Peterson, whose mangled body is found in a park brush. Eye witness accounts and DNA evidence implicate local little league coach Terry Maitland (Jason Bateman). Detective Ralph Anderson is in charge of the investigation, and despite knowing Maitland personally, he arrests and charges with the murder. 

But as Ralph digs deeper, he discovers proof that Maitland was in another state at the time of the murder. Then just before his trial, Maitland is shot and killed, but with his dying breath, he insists he is innocent.

Ralph teams up with Maitland’s lawyer, Howie (Bill Camp) to find out what really happened. Howie hires Holly Gibney to help with the investigation, and with her brilliant mind, she is able to piece the murder puzzle together. Holly discovers that the real murderer is a shapeshifting creature (she calls him El Cuco) who murders and eats children and then lingers to feed on all the pain he has caused. 

Heading into the finale, Ralph, Holly and the rest of the investigators have finally found El Cuco hiding out in a cave. The final battle between good and evil will decide which outsider, El Cuco or Holly will make it out alive. 

So will there be a season 2?

The series is an adaptation of King’s The Outsider, which is a standalone book. So technically, there’s no more source material for showrunners to draw from for another season. However, King is a writer on the show, so he could provide ideas for a second season.

In an interview with Indiewire, executive producer Richard Price said that he’s open to bringing the show back. “It’s like pulling a rabbit out of a glass hat — of course there will be another [if HBO wants one],” Price told the outlet. “There’s no such thing as a series that, if it does well, they’re not going to want a second season.”

If the show does get another season, it would probably follow Holly as she continues to solve supernatural cases. Her character, which appeared in other King books including Mr. Mercedes, End of Watch, and Finders Keepers, has plenty of stories to tell.

Update: The finale does set up a storyline for season 2. At the end of the episode, Ralph suggests that he and Holly should work together again. And in a post-credits scene, Holly sees Jack in the mirror for a quick second, and for some odd reason, she completely ignores the menacing scratch on her arm.

After watching this post-credits scene, it certainly seems like showrunners intend to continue the story. And if they follow through with a Holly and Ralph team up, it will definitely make for a riveting second season.