If you haven’t yet watched Lovecraft Country and devoured Watchmen on BINGE, then stop what you’re doing and get streaming.
The series, which is executive produced by Jordan Peele and JJ Abrams and set in the 1950s, is part drama, part horror and part thriller — all rolled into one.
So far, there has been no official word on a second season, however, showrunner Misha Green did tell Deadline they are “in talks with HBO”.
“I’m excited about exploring season two and what we have in mind,” she said.
For Jurnee Smollett, who plays Letitia “Leti”, season two feels like a requirement.
“It would be so wrong to folks, the way episode ten ends, to not do another season,” she said on Deadline’s New Hollywood Podcast.
Based on Matt Ruff’s novel of the same name, Lovecraft Country follows a trio of African Americans including Atticus Freeman “Tic” (Jonathan Majors) who meets up with his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father, Montrose (Michael Kenneth Williams).
The series’ themes are centred around the real horror of the ’50s — racism against the Black community — and is a timely and disturbing look at the horrors People of Colour face(d).
During their quest to find Montrose, the trio come face-to-face with monsters both fantastical and real (i.e. the police force) and even an occultist family. There’s a haunted house, a kumiho (a multi-tailed fox spirit), time-travel, and treasure-hunting.
One of the story’s key settings is Ardham, Massachusetts, a fictional place known as “Lovecraft country” because of its ties to horror and fantasy writer, HP Lovecraft, and where he set his many stories.
It’s certainly not an ode to the author, who while influential in the horror genre, was also racist and a white supremacist.
Our fingers are crossed that HBO will be making a second season, but in the meantime, we’re soaking up what we can from season one.
Stream all episodes of Lovecraft Country on BINGE.