If you watched Adventure Time and thought to yourself, “I like this but wish it was even weirder,” then you have eclectic tastes, but you also happen to be in luck. A new series, The Midnight Gospel, from creator Pendleton Ward, came out shortly after the Cartoon Network series ended in 2018 (but before it was relaunched in 2020).
The first season came out on April 20, 2020, and introduced the world to spacecaster Clancy Gilroy (Duncan Trussell), who travels to different worlds to interview the people there right before they’re wiped out by some catastrophic event, often with Clancy barely escaping with his life. It’s possible to enjoy the series solely for its stunning animation, which perfectly complements the high-concept storyline.
From drug legalization to religion, the show tackles a variety of topics with equal parts comedy and pathos. As such, fans may be a little disheartened to hear that Netflix has yet to renew the show for a second season despite fans going so far as to launch a petition to get them to approve more episodes. As such, here’s what we can surmise about a prospective second season of The Midnight Gospel so far.
What’s the plot for The Midnight Gospel season 2?
The Midnight Gospel’s first season ended with a grand finale vibe that could serve as an emotionally satisfying send-off for such a bizarre show, and fans would love to see more of it. Clancy and his dog, Charlotte, are sucked into his simulator, which explodes in the final episode of season 1. The final sequence sees Clancy on a train with everyone he had met previously in the series with the final words being, “Just be here now.”
It could be seen as a final journey for Clancy and everyone he’s met, but given the trippy nature of the show, it wouldn’t be out of the question for him to enter some other plane of existence and continue interviewing people to learn more about what it means to be alive. There are hundreds more episodes of Duncan Trussell Family Hour to pull from, so the series could go on for quite a while longer if Netflix was interested in going down that route. As of right now, it’s still up in the air, but perhaps fans should take a lesson from the series. There’s no need to stress about what the future holds for The Midnight Gospel; instead, focus on what’s happening right now.
The Midnight Gospel season 2 release date
Even though The Midnight Gospel hasn’t been renewed by Netflix yet, the response has been overwhelmingly positive, so we can probably expect to see more of Clancy in the not-too-distant future.
Season one of The Midnight Gospel first dropped on 4/20, which was smart given how trippy this show is (even if it only makes sense in the US calendar), so don’t be surprised if season two arrives on the same day in 2022. Though, first, we need that all-important green light.
“[Netflix is] super excited about the reception it’s getting. Midnight Gospel is… I don’t think it’s like any other show,” Trussell told Inverse.
“And, you know, Netflix is Netflix. When it comes to Season 2, they say, “We don’t know about it yet either way,” and they’re masters at giving no hints. And I get it because if they kind of hint to you that there’s gonna be another season, then that’s gonna trigger a whole bunch of shit. On the other hand, they give the impression that they aren’t. They’re just really good at maintaining a kind of neutrality regarding it.
The Ribbon has so much more to offer, and we only scratched the surface of what’s possible, so I’d love to see a million more episodes of Midnight Gospel because we only covered the basics and didn’t get into some of the other exciting things happening in the Ribbon. I just really want to tell that story.”
Russell is feeling a little anxious about the situation, but he’s also seeing the positive side.
“There’s a writhing part of me that is deeply in suspense, waiting for a decision to be made, one way or the other, and if I said that wasn’t there, everybody would know I was a horrible liar,” he told Deadline.
That said, they allowed us to make this wacky thing anyway! The idea that any network would allow Pendleton and me to pursue this wild idea is just the most incredible thing to me, and now it will be available on Netflix in perpetuity.
“That’s glorious. However, if you possess magical abilities or even better, a connection to Netflix, please consider making a second season available to us! Please, I want to make more,” he said.
“There are so many more stories to tell about The Chromatic Ribbon. You know, we mapped out that world, and we barely got into that world. But nothing you’re seeing in that show – not a single word, not a single moment – was unintentional. In the end, it’s all part of a much larger story.
And sure, the whole industry is suffering from major setbacks right now, but the animation is easier to work on remotely and Duncan Trussell has already recorded hundreds of podcast episodes to draw inspiration from, so come on Netflix – put Duncan (and us) out of our misery!
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The Midnight Gospel season 2 cast
The Midnight Gospel featured a range of fascinating guests in season one, including Damien Echols, one of the infamous West Memphis Three. There’s a good chance that past guests like Supergirl actor Mehcad Brooks won’t appear again, but there is a slew of new ones who could.
The podcast, Duncan Trussell Family Hour, began in 2013, and since then, Trussell recorded almost 400 episodes, so there’s enough material to fill multiple seasons, assuming that Netflix continues to renew the show beyond a second outing.
The Midnight Gospel season 2 trailer
Season two of The Midnight Gospel won’t have a trailer until at least 2022, assuming Netflix decides to renew the show soon.
However, die-hard fans can still get ahead of the game by listening to earlier episodes of Trussell’s podcast, which will form the basis of whatever comes our way in season two.