Netflix has decided not to commission a second installment of “Resident Evil”. The action horror zombie apocalypse series is loosely inspired by the video game series of the exact title. The cancellation announcement, which arrives just over a month after the series premiere in July 2022, is not completely shocking to many fans as the program did not do that well on Netflix’s Top 10. Hence, on August 27, 2022, the series was officially axed after the first season. Season one consisted of eight episodes which was released in its entirety on July 14, 2022.
Netflix’s official synopsis reads: “Years after a viral outbreak caused a global apocalypse, Jade Wesker vows to bring down those responsible while fighting to survive against the Infected.”
Why Did Netflix Cancel Resident Evil Season 2?
The reason behind the cancelation could be because of the series low ratings and viewership. Although the streamer did not provide any statement on this matter.
But it could be mainly because, the horror series was poorly received among both fans and critics. Not to mention, Resident Evil looks like it probably had a quit a huge amount of budget splashed on this project, and this also may be the reason why the series was canceled.
IGN granted it a score of 7 out of 10 in its review, stating, “Although one of the two timelines felt more compelling and interesting to watch than another, Resident Evil’s first season offers a new, original, and compelling story that leaves plenty of room for a second season. Despite the quality imbalance, the acting, special effects, and overall storytelling keep me wanting more and leave plenty of worthy story threads to explore should it get renewed for a second season.”
The series starred a handful of talented cast comprising Lance Reddick, Ella Balinska, Tamara Smart, Siena Agudong, and Paola Núñez.
Is Resident Evil Really Over For Good?
Showrunner Andrew Dabb recently revealed TVLine that when it comes to planning for the series, he already had drafted a starting, middle, and conclusion of the tale.
“Whether that’s two seasons or three seasons or four seasons or five seasons, we’ll let the audience dictate to us,” Dabb stated. “I will say that the deeper we get into it, the more story we’re finding as we bring in more elements from the games and expand these worlds and these characters.”
However, it looks like “Resident Evil” is canceled for good as of now. Hopefully, may another streaming platform picks up the series.