When it was announced that Netflix was working on a Resident Evil series, I actually got very excited about it.
As a massive fan of the original Capcom survival horror games, I really did believe that if anyone could do a genuinely good live-action adaptation of the games, it was Netflix.
Well, I’ll go into what I personally thought of the series a bit further on in the article.
However, what I will say is that it wasn’t the show I was expecting to watch.
That said, there are still some people that are interesting in knowing whether a Resident Evil Season 2 will ever be released on Netflix.
So, without any further ado, let’s try and find out what’s going on with the show’s potential second season.
Is Resident Evil Season 2 even happening on Netflix?
The new Resident Evil series was created for Netflix by Andrew Dabb and so far, there’s been no official announcement for a second season by Netflix.
Dabb’s involvement in the series was one reason why I was looking forward to this series.
His previous work includes writing for the television show Supernatural on The CW.
He was actually quite an important writer on the show and even became the show’s co-showrunner for its final four seasons.
So, I genuinely felt that Resident Evil was in safe hands.
I will say here that any hands are safer than Paul W.S. Anderson’s when it comes to the Resident Evil franchise.
Anyway, Dabb’s not been quiet about wanting to do more seasons of the new Resident Evil series.
In an interview with ComicBook.com, he explained:
The games are our backstory. Everything that happened in the games exists in this world. So like, the village is there. We might not get there ’til season 5, but it is in our world.
When could a second season be released on Netflix?
Moreover, it seems like he’s even got a story in mind for Season 2.
Dabb noted in an interview with ScreenRant, that the second season would “100%” feature an appearance from Ada Wong.
Ada is a popular character with fans of the video game series, and has been portrayed by Li Bingbing (in 2012’s Resident Evil: Retribution) and Lily Gao (in last year’s Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City).
However, as mentioned before, there’s been no official announcement for Resident Evil Season 2 from Netflix.
So, this means giving a release date for Resident Evil Season 2 is nigh on impossible.
However, if it’s already been greenlit (which I highly doubt), then it could be released within the next 18 months.
Dabb did actually reveal that he would like new seasons of the show to be released every 18 months, just like Supernatural on The CW.
However, given Netflix’s track record of cancelling shows very early, I would be very surprised to see them agreeing to make a second season of Resident Evil.
Yes, the show’s been performing relatively well on the streamer.
According to Samba TV, 988k US households watched the premiere of the series during its first four days of streaming on Netflix.
The series premiere over-indexed most with Black and Hispanic viewers by +29% and +27%, respectively.
Moreover, Forbes added that the series ended up debuting in the second spot on Netflix’s Top 10 list and then climbed to the top spot in just a few days.
It ended up dethroning Stranger Things Season 4 in the process, which is no mean feat!
The series continues to be popular as it holds the number one spot as the most streamed show on Netflix, Top 10 in over 92 countries, and holds the number 2 Global Top 10 Netflix during its first four days.
However, given the show’s very poor reception from fans and critics alike, I doubt that Netflix will see any benefit in carrying on with the show.
That said, I have been wrong in predicting Netflix’s moves in the past, so I suppose it’s a case of never say never.
Have fans been liking the series?
It would be interesting to take a look at some of the viewers’ reactions to the series on Netflix.
One viewer wrote on Twitter: “My final diagnosis from watching that horrible #ResidentEvilNetflix show is that Jade is annoying both as a child and an adult.”
My final diagnosis from watching that horrible #ResidentEvilNetflix show is that Jade is annoying both as a child and an adult.
— Keak Da Sneaks (@SmokinLaces) August 1, 2022
Another added: “Finished #ResidentEvilNetflix show and it was trash how do you even call that RE.”
Finished #ResidentEvilNetflix show and it was trash how do you even call that RE
— AGSLIVE Podcast/Youtube (@hard8_times) July 30, 2022
A third fan had this to say about the new Resident Evil series on Netflix: “What’s the real problem of #ResidentEvilNetflix? Nonsensical use of game-characters and elements? Boring teenage-girl-drama? Godawful dialogue? Generic zombie-postapocalypse (but with cool monsters)? No, it’s the series utter contempt for the time of it’s audience.”
What’s the real problem of #ResidentEvilNetflix?
Nonsensical use of game-characters and elements? Boring teenage-girl-drama? Godawful dialogue? Generic zombie-postapocalypse (but with cool monsters)?
No, it’s the series utter contempt for the time of it’s audience. pic.twitter.com/y5ZRU7LzLi
— Christoph N. Kellerbach (@CKellerbach) July 31, 2022
Some people liked the series!
However, interestingly enough, it wasn’t all bad.
There were some people who actually enjoyed the show.
Some of them even said that it was a fun way to pass the time…
One person wrote :”Ok I have been binge watching #ResidentEvilNetflix – Stick with it, it gets much better and some pretty unexpected Easter eggs/nostalgia trips.”
Ok I have been binge watching #ResidentEvilNetflix – Stick with it, it gets much better and some pretty unexpected Easter eggs/nostalgia trips.
— Jim Parker (@JPCastingD) July 24, 2022
Another person added: “It was pretty great watching big man Baxter go through a horde of zombies and religious zealot cultists like he was a post-apocalyptic John Wick in the 4th episode of #ResidentEvil.”
It was pretty great watching big man Baxter go through a horde of zombies and religious zealot cultists like he was a post-apocalyptic John Wick in the 4th episode of #ResidentEvil.#ResidentEvilNetflix pic.twitter.com/e2lo4tnz7V
— Jonathan the Grey (@HANSEN_SOGROOVY) July 31, 2022
A third person had this to say: “Since everyone seems to be hating on the new Resident Evil show, I will stand out and say that I really enjoyed it. I was invested until the last episode, and I’ve got my fingers crossed for many more seasons!”
Since everyone seems to be hating on the new Resident Evil show, I will stand out and say that I really enjoyed it. I was invested until the last episode, and I've got my fingers crossed for many more seasons!
— Jake Woodard (@JAKEtoxic) July 26, 2022
What could happen in a Resident Evil Season 2?
So, what could happen in a potential second season of Resident Evil on Netflix?
Honestly, your guess is as good as mine.
However, it does seem as though Ada will factor in somehow.
I’ve always loved the idea of seeing a really stripped-down take on the Resident Evil story, much like the original video games were.
I would love to see the second season take place in just one location.
It could bring back some of the original characters, such as Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine.
Why not set the second series in an abandoned mansion?
Or, maybe a police station, just like the first two games?
I think that would be really fun and more in keeping with the tone of the original games.
It could also be scary as Hell setting the whole season in one location and having Chris and/or Jill have to battle horrific monsters whilst having basically no ammo and no hope of survival.
What do you make of this feature?
Do you think Netflix should greenlight a Resident Evil Season 2 or not?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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