Jenna Ortega is returning as Wednesday Addams in Wednesday season 2, which is one of the most highly anticipated Netflix original shows expected to return.
Wednesday is officially one of the biggest Netflix shows of all time, and from the final moments of the first season, a second season looked like it was definitely going to happen on Netflix. Then, fans didn’t hear anything for several months, but that all changed with recent developments in 2023.
Fans fell in love with Jenna Ortega’s Wednesday Addams, and now, they can’t wait to see what’s new about season 2. To help fans find the most up-to-date information about the new season, we shared everything we know so far about the new season.
We’ll update this story as Netflix shares more information about Wednesday season 2. The latest update was made on Aug. 23, 2023.
Wednesday season 2 is definitely happening
After several months of waiting with very little news about Wednesday season 2, Netflix finally renewed the hit show in early Jan. 2023.
If any Netflix show were a slam dunk to be renewed, Wednesday was that show. The show ranks No. 2 behind Stranger Things season 4 as the most popular Netflix US release of all time. It’s No. 3 behind Squid Game and Stranger Things season 4 on the list of the most-watched Netflix releases of all time. Netflix was not going to cancel a show that successful.
Wednesday season 2 has not started filming yet
Unfortunately, we’re in for a long wait until Wednesday season 2. As of Aug. 2023, production has not started on the new season yet.
While appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in March 2023, Jenna Ortega said the writers’ room had just been put together and they were talking about where the season would go. In an interview with Glamour in April 2023, the actress spoke about her summer plans and teased that she might be busy working on the series:
“No vacations or anything like that. We are starting to prep season two of Wednesday, which…has been exciting. Just developing new storylines and seeing where characters are going. Starting those conversations has been really, really fun. I think it’s going to be bigger and better, which is cool.”
According to reports, the cast and crew started production on the first season in the fall of 2021 and wrapped in the spring of 2022 in Romania. The season was released about seven to eight months after production ended, so that was basically the timeline we were looking at for Wednesday season 2.
Unfortunately, that timeline will likely be different this time around because of the ongoing writers’ and actors’ strikes. We know many Netflix shows have either been shut down or delayed, including Stranger Things, and now that production cannot begin on Wednesday, we assume the same can be said for the show too.
Hopefully, the season 2 filming schedule will be a little easier for Ortega, who revealed to Variety that she was “hysterically crying” on FaceTime throughout the exhausting production of season 1.
“I did not get any sleep. I pulled my hair out,” Ortega said. “There’s so many FaceTime calls that my dad answered of me hysterically crying.”
Will the WGA and SAG strikes delay Wednesday season 2?
Though it hasn’t been confirmed, it’s likely that Wednesday season 2 will be delayed because of the ongoing WGA and SAG strikes. Even if the writers’ room began before the writers’ strike started in May 2023, we don’t know if the scripts are complete. And, even if the scripts are done, the show cannot begin filming until the actors’ strike is over.
On top of the ongoing strikes, Wednesday is a series with a big cast that films in Romania. It’s a big production, and all of that must be taken into account.
Hopefully, Netflix and the AMPTP will offer what the writers and actors are asking for and everything else gets rolling at some point this year.
Has Netflix announced the Wednesday season 2 release date yet?
At this time, there is no release date for Wednesday season 2.
Will Wednesday season 2 be released in 2023? That’s the question fans all over the world want to know. The first season came out at the end of 2022, so it would make sense why fans think Wednesday season 2 could be released in 2023. Well, considering nothing has been filmed, there’s no way that’s happening.
If the writers’ and actors’ strikes come to a close sometime this year, we hope filming can begin on Wednesday season 2 soon after. Many Netflix shows take about a year from the start of production until the release, so depending on the schedule for Wednesday, we could see the second installment come out at the end of 2024. But, as the strikes continue, it’s looking more like a 2025 release date is likely.
Release Prediction: Late 2024 or early 2025
Wednesday season 2 cast
Several cast members and creators have confirmed many of the returnees for the new season of the series. We shared who is expected to be back for Wednesday season 2:
- Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams
- Emma Myers as Enid Sinclair
- Hunter Doohan as Tyler Galpin
- Percy Hynes White as Xavier Thorpe
- Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Addams
- Luis Guzmán as Gomez Addams
- Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley Addams
- Fred Armisen as Uncle Fester
- Gwendoline Christie as Principal Larissa Weems
- Jamie McShane as Sheriff Galpin
- Joy Sunday as Bianca Barclay
There are a few Wednesday characters who won’t be back for season 2. It’s unclear if Gwendoline Christie will be back. Her character, Principal Weems, was killed in the finale, so it’s TBD if she’ll be back. We sure hope Christie will be involved with season 2! Christina Ricci, who played Laurel Gates/Marilyn Thornhill, is not expected to be back for season 2.
There are also some rumors that Lady Gaga will join the cast for season 2, but that has not been confirmed. Such a huge casting would be major, major news. We’ll just have to wait and see if Netflix is able to pull off something like that!
It also appears that there are some conversations to get Christopher Lloyd involved for season 2. Lloyd originally played Uncle Fester in The Addams Family and Addams Family Values. Here’s what Lloyd told Yahoo! Entertainment:
“I’ve heard rumors trickling down that I might be coming on. I’m not sure how, but I think Ortega is wonderful.”
Expect more appearances from the Addams Family in Wednesday season 2
As for potential new castings in Wednesday season 2, co-showrunner Miles Millar had already teased prior to the renewal that additional seasons could see other members of the Addams Family appear. While speaking to TV Line, he said that they “felt like we just touched the surface with those characters” in the first season. And while Wednesday will, of course, be the focus in season 2 again, we can expect the family members to have a significant role as well.
Other memorable Addams Family characters we could potentially see in season 2 include Cousin Itt, Grandmama, Pubert Addams, Debbie Jellinsky, and more. We can’t wait to see who will be joining the second installment!
Emma Meyers, Hunter Doohan, and Joy Sunday read off fan theories during TUDUM 2023. At the end of the video, they confirmed a theory that a new member of the Addams Family will be in Wednesday season 2!
Wednesday season 1 ending explained
At the end of the first season of Wednesday, Wednesday discovered that Tyler was actually the Hyde monster, and he was being controlled by Ms. Thornhill, also known as Laurel Gates, who was taking revenge on Nevermore for being responsible for the deaths of her family members. But, it’s so much deeper than that. There’s even more history between the Addams fam and the Crackstones, which is why Laurel Gates brings back Joseph Crackstone from the dead to destory Nevermore and everyone there.
Thankfully, Wednesday, Enid (who finally wolfs out!), and the gang solve the mystery, stop Crackstone, Tyler, and Laurel, and save the day, but there are some casualties, including the fan-favorite Principal Weems.
What’s next in Wednesday season 2?
For a minute, it looked like Wednesday season 2 wasn’t necessarily going to happen in the season 1 finale. Most of the major storylines had been wrapped up. Tyler had escaped, yes, but Laurel was dead and Crackstone vanquished. Wednesday had some work to do to make up for some of the damage she caused during her investigation, but her emotional arc ended on a high note with her hug and friendship with Enid.
At the last minute, Wednesday is sent threatening text messages from a person who has been following her since she arrived at Nevermore, which seemingly sets the stage for season 2. Who is this person? Why are they threatening her?
This person’s identity and Tyler’s disappearance will likely be major focuses of season 2, but I don’t think that’s where the creative team will stop. I think there are way more surprises and Addams Family things to be discovered in season 2.
Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait quite a long time until we find out what’s in store in the new season. We did get a little bit of a hint of what could be on the way, according to Ortega.
While speaking with Fallon on The Tonight Show, Ortega hinted that more horror and less romance could be on the way in season 2. Here’s what she said:
“I think we want to up, kind of, the horror aspect a little bit and then get Wednesday out of the romantic situation and just let her be her own individual and fight her own crime.”
An Enid and Wednesday romance in season 2 is “possible”
After the first season of Wednesday came out, it didn’t take long for many fans to start shipping Wednesday and her roommate, Enid. The two girls didn’t see eye to eye at first but became close friends by the end of the season, and Jenna Ortega has let slip that she’s all for a romance between the characters.
During an interview with Variety, Enid actress Emma Myers was asked about a potential romance for the two characters, in which she shared: “Anything is possible in the show. We haven’t really spoken about direction at all, so I don’t really know what the game plan is for anything.” Myers did, however, go on to share that she thinks Wednesday should be single in season 2:
“As far as love interests go for Wednesday, I feel like at least for a second season, she needs to take her season of singleness. She just had a whole fiasco with her men, she’s got to lay it off for a little bit. I would be deterred from dating anybody if I had gone through that.”
Many people (Ortega included) were frustrated with the fact that the show put Wednesday in a love triangle in the first season, so we’ll be curious to see what her love life is like in the second.
Jenna Ortega is a producer on Wednesday season 2
When Ortega shares these snippets about Wednesday season 2, we should listen because, in addition to starring as Wednesday Addams in the new season, she’s also going to be a producer on the new season, according to Elle.
How many seasons of Wednesday are there?
Right now, there’s one season on Netflix and another season of the hit Netflix original in the works.
Wednesday showrunners and producers Miles Millar and Alfred Gough confirmed they have plans to make three or four seasons of the series, initially, according to Variety:
For us, it’s always looking at the future, and when we sit down to create a show, it’s looking at multiple seasons, ideally. That’s never expected, but that’s the anticipation that hopefully the show is successful. So you always lay out at least three or four seasons’ worth of potential storylines for the characters.
If things go well, there’s no reason to think that Wednesday wouldn’t be renewed for season 3 and even season 4 in the future. This show is well on its way to becoming, potentially, the most-watched Netflix series of all time.
Jenna Ortega did the Wednesday dance on Saturday Night Live
Ortega hosted Saturday Night Live earlier this year, and to promote the episode, Ortega and the dudes from Please Don’t Destroy did a version of the Wednesday dance. Ortega looks less than thrilled.
Jenna Ortega nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Wednesday earned its biggest critical nomination to date! Ortega was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series at the 2023 Emmys for her role as Wednesday Addams in the first season of the hit Netflix original series.
Where to watch Jenna Ortega before Wednesday season 2
Ortega has a lot of projects lined up after Wednesday. While fans wait to see Ortega in the second season, you can watch her in:
Fans are also hoping Ortega joins the cast of You season 5!
Wednesday is definitely one of the best shows on Netflix. We’ll share more information about the new season when we find out. Stay tuned!
FanSided Entertainment Staff contributed to this report.