It’s the end of the road for the characters of HBO’s Lovecraft Country.
The horror drama series will not be receiving a second season order, HBO told Deadline. “We will not be moving forward with a second season of Lovecraft Country,” HBO said in their statement. “We are grateful for the dedication and artistry of the gifted cast and crew, and to Misha Green, who crafted this groundbreaking series. And to the fans, thank you for joining us on this journey.”
Lovecraft Country, based on the novel of the same name by Matt Ruff, stars Jurnee Smollett and Jonathan Majors and first aired last August. It follows Atticus Freeman (Majors) as he meets up with his friend Letitia (Smollett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) in Chicago and they go on a road trip through 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father (Michael Kenneth Williams). Along the way, the group encounters racist terrors and horrifying monsters.
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Lovecraft Country was mostly filmed around Chicago, Illinois. Filming for the show began in July of 2018 and Chicago Cinespace Film Studios was one of the major set locations used for several scenes and the Pilsen neighborhood was remodelled as 1950s Chicago for the making of the show. Illinois villages of Elburn and Woodstock were also used as major set locations for prominent places in the show like Simmonsville Diner and Nanny’s Bakery.
Season 1 was based on Matt Ruff’s book and the decision not to renew is not completely unexpected. However, in the past, HBO has proceeded with second seasons of other shows based on single novels, such as Big Little Lies.
In February 2021, Casey Bloys, Chief Content Officer of HBO and HBO Max, told Deadline, “Misha is working with a small team of writers and they’re coming up with a take. She had a book to go on in the first season, she and the writers wanted to go off and take some time to go out and figure out without a book with these characters, what’s the journey we want to go on. We all want to be sure she’s got a story to tell. That’s where she is right now, working on those ideas. I’m very hopeful, as is Misha, so we’re giving them the time to work,”
Unfortunately, fans will never get to see how Misha and the writers intended to continue the story.
The show is executive produced by showrunner Misha Green along with J.J. Abrams (Bad Robot), Jordan Peele (Monkeypaw Productions), Bill Carraro, Yann Demange, Daniel Sackheim, and David Knoller.
The complete first season of Lovecraft Country is available to stream on HBO and HBO Max.