Attention: This article contains spoilers for the first season of Wednesday. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out our review.
Bringing a character as iconic as Wednesday Addams back to the screen was always going to be a challenge, but in the recent Netflix series, Tim Burton did just that. To many it seemed like a perfect match in gothic heaven (or hell), especially when Jenna Ortega, the scream queen, was cast as the titular character. There’s no question that Ortega was the perfect actress to carry on the legacy of Miércoles, and her deliciously twisted turn is the key to the series’ success. She is undoubtedly the Wednesday we need, even if we don’t deserve it. Now that we have seen the first season, many viewers are thinking about a possible second (although the series has not yet been officially renewed by the platform, we would be surprised if it did not happen considering its numbers) and what could happen if the series returns. . So we’re here to say that if Netflix says yes to Wednesday Season 2, then it needs to do what the Addams Family does best and lean into the weird.
Establishing the world that Wednesday takes place in through a TV classic, like a murder mystery, makes a lot of sense for the inaugural season of the series reboot. It’s a time-honored tradition in genre television, with shows like True Blood, Twin Peaks and Grimm using this easily recognizable and catchy structure to introduce viewers to their unusual and often supernatural worlds. But as the series grows into its second season, can go beyond those limits and spread their raven-black wings to pastures less explored. Although the introduction of Wednesday as a fish out of water in Nunca Más has been nice, she and her family are and always have been anti-establishment figures who are more likely to commit a crime than help the police solve it. So seeing that aspect of Wednesday in the second season is key.
While the first season showed the chaotic criminal at her core, she was often stopped before her plans came to fruition. Let her be the angry, violent and hilarious young woman that has inspired many gothic, outcast and lonely teens to be the best and most rebellious version of themselves. If Netflix needs a hint of how powerful that wild side of Wednesday is, just look at the success of its dance scene choreographed by Jenna Ortega herself, which is one of the most unexpected and unique moments of the series and which It swept the public and the internet.
Another clever device that the first season used to draw in viewers was the classic story of the week, so that along with the larger mystery, each episode brought a new Never Again-centric conundrum for Wednesday to face. That easily translates into something stranger than what is essentially a wizarding school story. The ghoulish interests of the Addams Family are key to its characters in each iteration, so it would be great if Wednesday was involved in the underground world of the dark arts or he had to lean towards his tendencies towards murder, torture and mayhem. Season two could also be a great space to expand on some more mother-daughter moments. Now that we know Morticia (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is a murderer, there’s plenty of room to explore her common aptitude for violence. Let’s face it, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jenna Ortega together on a killer road trip sounds too good.
The casting of Jenna Ortega as Wednesday is a success that only happens very often, which means that the series can take a chance and know that it will always be focused on that performance and character. That said, the extensive cast of the first season meant that the series was often more concerned with other people than with the main character, and we’d love to see her take center stage in a story that shows her self-assured nature as she plunges into a much stranger adventure. It was fun meeting her paranormal friends in Never Again, but we’d love to see our gothic heroine escape the academy and venture into the outside world. That’s the obvious route for next season, as we end up with the school closed for the entire year.
Although we doubt the series will go that way, in the original Addams Family comics, Wednesday had a passion for the Bermuda Triangle. We’ve already seen his obsessive investigative tendencies in season one, so let’s it would be intriguing to see her indulge in fantastic mysteries instead of murders in a small town. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see Jenna Ortega exploring the Bermuda Triangle while she listens to The Cramps? Perhaps investigating or instigating other unexplained phenomena? However, since the end of the first season it seems more likely that her adventures will take place in the rural village of Jericho. So if that’s the case, we hope Wednesday brings the weirdness back to the small town, encouraging her to break away from her traditional customs and restrictions, like she started to do in season one.
Whichever path Wednesday takes next season, now that we know his world, let’s hope the series embraces the weirdness that has made the character iconic.