Jennifer Holland, who plays Emilia Harcourt in HBO Max’s The Suicide Squad spinoff, Peacemaker, talks about the chances of a season 2 happening.
One of Founder of Peace‘s main cast breaks down the chances of a season 2 happening. James Gunn conceived the series as one spinoff of The suicide group, who retained much of the same cast and focused on the titular star who murdered one of the film’s protagonists. It was launched in mid-January and wins over fans through its ridiculous humor, unfiltered violence and, according to Gunn, an intro song that cannot be skipped.
The series picks up where The suicide group escaped, where Peacemaker recovered from his injury inflicted by Bloodsport and saddled with Amanda Waller’s subordinates, who are to support Peacemaker on a new mission. John Cena plays the lead role, also known by his real identity Christopher Smith. The suicide group stars, Steve Agee (as John Economos) and Jennifer Holland (as agent Emilia Harcourt), return in the series, while Danielle Brooks, Freddie Stroma (reworked as Vigilante)and Chukwudi Iwuji joins the cast in new roles.
In an interview with TVLine, Holland discusses the possible future of the show. Specifically, she addresses how the show’s finale (coming next week) could suggest season 2, and how Gunn approached season 1 with that idea in mind. “To some extent, I think the way James approached season 1 was that he wanted to make sure the story was a complete one.,” she says. “There may be, you know, hints to other things, but I do not know that he had any clear idea that there would be a season 2 when he wrote season 1, if that makes any sense. “Read the full quote below:
TVLINE | Finally, will the end of next week’s finale tease in a small way something for a possible season 2? Or is it strictly about closure?
To some extent, I think the way James approached season 1 was that he wanted to make sure the story was complete. He is mainly a writer of films; this is his first attempt at writing an episode series, so there is a well-rounded story involved. There may be, you know, hints to other things, but I do not know that he had any clear idea that there would be a season 2 when he wrote season 1, if that makes sense. I think there is always hope that it will happen, but there is never really any talk about it until you know how it will be received. I also do not think James would lock himself into doing anything, because if it was not well received, it would make him really sad to have to continue with a series that he loved but that people did not really like. But I want to say this: Something crazy is happening s – ten episode 8!
Regarding the Netherlands’ insight into Gunnar’s lack of experience in writing television, the idea of a fully developed seasonal story makes perfect sense. Although season 2 is technically possible despite that, especially given the reactions of fans and critics to the show so far, season 1 is likely to end the story of the butterflies and move the characters in different directions. It is a safe writing strategy when many other TV shows consistently enter uncertain waters in terms of being renewed or not.
It’s not uncommon to hear interviewees half answer these questions as they promote future episodes – Holland consistently builds sections 7 and 8 of the interview while never saying yes or no. At the same time, she makes it sound as if the renewal decision rests primarily on the audience’s perception. Although fans were hesitant about the idea of one Founder of Peace spinoff, of all things, that view has seemed quite positive throughout season 1; if Holland boasts the remaining episodes is on the whole accurate, viewers could very well shout after season 2.
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