After just one season, Netflix canceled the 1899 sci-fi period drama from the creators of Dark. The information was revealed on Monday (2). The cancellation announcement was made by Baran bo Odar himself, a German director and screenwriter who created the series alongside Jantje Friese. The information came in the form of a statement in an Instagram post.
“With a heavy heart, we have to tell you that 1899 will not be renewed,” says the statement signed by Odar and Friese. “We would have loved to end this incredible journey with a 2nd and 3rd season like we did with Dark. But sometimes things don’t go the way you planned. This is life. We know this will disappoint millions of fans out there. But we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being part of this wonderful adventure. We love you. Never forget.”
1899 Season 2: What Would Happen In The Story?
Plot details for season two of 1899 remain shrouded in mystery. However, we know that the series’ co-creator, Jantje Friese, had plans for multiple seasons. For those who’ve already finished the first season, it’s no secret that the lost second season was set to bring some significant changes, including a time jump of 200 years as the characters embark on an
undisclosed mission among the stars. What would happen in the story
In a recent interview with Metro, actress Gabby Wong (who plays Yuk Je) teased the significance of the final scene in season one, saying, “Every character in that room is there for a reason. Although you may not have received answers in the first season, trust me, they’re all crucial.”
Wong recalled her reaction to the finale: “I remember reading the final episode at 4 am while breastfeeding my newborn son and punching my husband awake. That was my reaction to the ending!
1899 Season 2 Cancelled Despite Great Success
1899 premiered in November and only played on Netflix for six weeks before cancellation. During its first week of availability, the series ranked second on streaming’s top 10 series chart, behind season 5 of The Crown. They amassed an estimated 79.27 million hours of viewing over four days of availability.
A multi-language production created in Germany and set in 1899, the series focused on several passengers aboard the steamship Kerberos traveling from Southampton, UK, to New York City, USA, as various events unfold. Bizarre and possibly supernatural events began to occur on board.
The series featured a great cast – including Emily Beecham, Aneurin Barnard, Andreas Pietschmann, Miguel Bernardeau, José Pimentão, Isabella Wei, Gabby Wong, Yann Gael, Mathilde Ollivier, Jonas Bloquet, Rosalie Craig, Maciej Musiał, Clara Rosager, Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen, Maria Erwolter, Alexandre Willaume, Tino Mewes, Isaak Dentler, Fflyn Edwards, and Anton Lesser. There, the performers spoke in their native language, resulting in a series that featured English, German, Spanish, French, Polish, Danish, Portuguese, and Cantonese.
Before 1899, Odar and Friese were best known for Dark, another Netflix original that focused on the inhabitants of a German village who become embroiled in a time travel conspiracy following the disappearance of a young boy. The series had three seasons released between 2017 and 2020 and was critically acclaimed. Odar and Friese served as executive producers for both series, with Odar serving as director and Friese writing all episodes.
1899 was the first project of an overall deal that Odar and Friese closed with Netflix after the success of Dark, the first contract of its kind between European creators and streaming. The pair stated that they had a three-season plan for the series, similar to Dark. The final episode of their only season ended on a massive cliffhanger, teasing a second season, which will now be left on hold.
Despite the cancellation guaranteeing that 1899 season 2 will not happen, season 1 is available on Netflix.
It’s disappointing for fans of 1899 that the second season won’t happen. However, if you’re a lover of science fiction and mind-bending plots, don’t despair. Check out our list of 10 Mind-Bending Science Fiction Shows on Netflix. From time-traveling adventures to thought-provoking stories, there’s something for everyone.