Leslye Headland Reveals Her Plans for Season 2 of ‘The Acolyte’: “It feels like everyone’s really expecting to get a second season”


The latest chapter in the Star Wars franchise premiered several weeks ago, so far the reactions have been vastly polarized with some fans praising it as one of the best Star Wars shows, and some fans saying it’s the worst thing ever.

The truth is often somewhere in the middle, and I have to admit that the show did improve with the release of Episode 5, mostly beacuse something started happening, also the choreography has been sick.

While the show has somewhat high critics ratings, the audience score on pretty much all aggregator sites is abysmal, still to get the full idea of the viewership, we’re going to have to wait for the end of the week for numbers to become available. Last week’s episode resulted in a 31% decrease in “minutes watched” numbers This can be due to several factors, one of them being that the episode was shorter than the previous episodes, but it can also mean that fans are abandoning the show en masse.

Even before season 2 premiered, Rayne Roberts, the producer teased that they already have plans for season 2, and are ready to hit the writer’s room. In her recent interview, Leslye Headland revealed that she would like to get at least three seasons 2 tell her story.

Now that we are more than halfway through the show’s 8 episodes, it’s time to really start asking “Is season 2 going to happen at all?”

We don’t know that, and neither does Headland. She did reveal in her Entertainment Weekly interview that season 1 will have a definite ending and fans will get a resolution when it comes to most plot points.

I’ll tell you my philosophy on first seasons. Something that I’ve noticed is first seasons will end on what should have been the break into act two. It feels like everyone’s really expecting to get a second season, and I don’t feel that’s a good idea. I think you should put everything you can into the first season and give the audience a nice resolution that feels satisfying, but enough nods to mysteries that you would want to see a second season. So it’s a little bit of both. You don’t want to leave it so wrapped up that, like Obi-Wan or a standalone mini-series, that there’s no reason to watch a second season, but I think there’s enough stuff in the last few episodes that you would want to have answered.

Headland also explained that she threw pretty much everything at season 1, but if the show gets a subsequent season she is ready and has enough ideas but so far, she hasn’t written an outline of season 2.

I remember reading that Vince Gilligan in writing and doing the first season of Breaking Bad really didn’t plan on, “We’re getting seven more seasons, and this is what’s going to happen to Walter White.” It was much more, “Here’s everything we got. We’re throwing everything at the wall.” And then with the pickup, he mapped out, “Okay, here’s what’s going to happen over the course of however many seasons.”

So I took that approach with this. I threw everything into season 1, because who knows what’s going to happen? And then I’d say there are four to five major mysteries and plot points that have to get hit in season 2, but until we get a proper pickup, I worry that spending a lot of time in that world — especially being in a period where I’ve worked so long on this project that honestly I’m exhausted by it coming out — to kind of jump right into like, “All right, season 2….” It will probably be more that I know what needs to happen, and I know what the character development needs to be in order to hit the plot points and the character points for a second, third, or fourth season. So I look forward to working on that, but right now, I haven’t.

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