It’s always good news when an excellent show gets renewed for a new season, especially when the show takes risks. Dark, the German-language thriller about a small town that deals with the trauma of the disappearance of two children, is one such show. And while your humble reporter has not had a chance to watch it yet, the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. It looks like Netflix is paying attention, because the show was just renewed for a second season.
“We are overwhelmed by the response to Dark and are thrilled that our story has been a success with a global audience,” said showrunners Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese in a statement. “Viewers have been captivated by the secrets of our protagonists and have taken delight in unravelling the various puzzles that the story presents. To know that we will now embark on our next journey is, for us showrunners, a dream come true. And our fans can be sure that we have plenty of surprises in store for the second season of Dark.”
Kelly Luegenbiehl, Vice President of International Originals for Netflix, added “When we first heard about Dark, we realised very early on that we hadn’t seen anything like this show before – in Germany or anywhere else in the world. Dark is a testament that great storytelling transcends geography. We’re excited that our members around the globe are captivated by the mysterious world of Winden, and will now be able to continue to see how the story unfolds.”
It is interesting the positive response for Dark, given that it is a non-English language show. We often hear that viewers are not willing to put up with subtitles, but fan favorites like this and the partially Spanish-language show Narcos have proved this theory wrong. It might have hit on the same nerves as series like Stranger Things or The OA, or perhaps it was just something refreshingly dark and novel, but whatever grabbed audiences, hopefully it’ll still be there in season 2.
There’s no news as to when this second season will come about, but the first season is currently available to stream on Netflix.