Ricky Gervais’s After Life is returning to Netflix for season 2 in April 2020 and if you’re looking for everything you need to know about the series, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s what we know about season 2 of After Life.
After Life's first six episode season was released on Netflix on March 8, 2019. The comedy sitcom features a roller coaster of emotions and has been one of Netflix’s best new debut shows of 2019 so far.
Multiple Emmy nominations have been made for the show. GoldDerby's guys have placed Ricky Gervais among the top choices for the Best Actor category. Despite Gervais’s recent fall out over award shows including a recent statement where he said: “all award shows are tedious.”
Since the publication of After Life, Ricky Gervais has been a part of an exclusive agreement with Netflix. This allows Netflix to have first access to any new projects. Don’t forget, Ricky is also involved with another two projects coming to Netflix too.
We now know that Netflix will soon release the second season of Afterlife, thanks to announcements from various Netflix social media accounts.
After Life, as is the case with all new Netflix Originals, will stream to Netflix at Midnight Pacific Standard Time. This means if you live in Europe, you’ll receive the latest season on the morning, and if you like in Asia or Australia you’ll have to wait until the late afternoon or evening:
|Time Zone||Time available to stream|
|Pacific Standard Time||12:00 AM (GMT-8)|
|Mountain Standard Time||1:00 AM (GMT-7)|
|Central Standard Time||2:00 AM (GMT-6)|
|Eastern Standard Time||3:00 AM (GMT-5)|
|British Daylight Savings Time||08:00 AM (GMT)|
|Central European Time||09:00 AM (GMT+1)|
|Eastern European Time||10:00 AM (GMT+2)|
|India Standard Time||13:30 PM (GMT+5:30)|
|Japan Standard Time||16:00 PM (GMT+8)|
|Australian Eastern Time||18:00 PM (GMT+10)|
|New Zealand Day Light Time||20:00 PM (GMT+12)|
After Life was renewed just one month after its premiere on Netflix around the world. The news came from Netflix’s See What’s Next account.
Ricky repeatedly expressed his admiration for the reactions to the show. Saying: “I have never had a reaction like this before. It’s been insane. It's been amazing. But now I have to make sure the second season is even better so I’ll probably have to work much harder than usual. Annoying really.”
All except one have been confirmed as returning to After Life for the second season.
This means that Tom Basden will be returning to Matt as Tony Way, Lenny as Lenny and Kath as Diane Morgan, Mandeep Dhillon is Sandy, David Bradley, Ashley Jensen and Paul Kaye are all back.
There have been a few new additions to the cast teased with Gervais referring to them as “added surprises”.
Of course, the one exception is Julian who won’t be returning after his untimely death in season 1.
Current Status: Post-Production. Last update: October 2019.
Filming has officially ended for the second season of After Life. Ricky Gervais tweeted this confirmation!
We could see the trailer dropping soon, now that the series has been edited.
The first season ended for most viewers quite well. Tony’s character arc full circled and he came out the other side far more positive. That’s led many to question where exactly what direction season 2 would cover.
One thing Gervais has repeatedly pointed out on his social media is that he won’t be killing off the dog in season 2. That’s a relief to all as I don’t think I could handle another dog death scene after the one in Derek.
Of course, more death could be in store for Tony with his father (played by David Bradley) currently in a care home with Alzheimer’s disease.
Tony is also now back on the dating scene again with him planning a date with his father’s nurse. Hopefully, we’ll actually get her name this season too.
We’ll also see what happens at Tony’s workplace which, like most print media, is struggling.
If you’re looking for news about season 3 of After Life, it’s a little too early. Ricky’s work has traditionally only lasted two seasons. The Office and Extras only had two seasons, with some Christmas specials added in to make it more interesting. Derek (originally in America) ran two seasons. It also saw an original special.
In an interview, Gervais said, “I do like doing 12 or 14 episodes.” Saying “It’s a great length to put everything in it and have nothing left.” but spoke to the fact that he is a smaller production than most series but didn’t rule out a third and potentially further season saying he’s getting old and may have to milk this series a little longer.
Season 2 will have six episodes, it has been confirmed. It is a departure from the 10 episodes seasons that we see on Netflix Originals. The reason for this is likely because of Ricky’s past in not wanting to overstay his welcome.
There’s even more Ricky coming to Netflix in the near future beyond just After Life too. Netflix is working on a stand-up comedy special. Details are not available at this time, but the title of that show has been revealed.
The second special is called SuperNature which gives us an idea that it’ll focus heavily on nature, something Ricky regularly advocates for.
It’s not clear when it’ll be on Netflix but tickets are available for the tour which is set for over summer 2019. This could indicate that the special will air later in 2019, or in 2020.
In 2018, he released his first Netflix special, entitled Humanity.
In the meantime, as customary for every Ricky Gervais series thus far, a blooper reel featuring Gervais’s infectious laughing.
We’ll keep updating this preview every month up until the release of After Life season 2 on Netflix. Do you look forward to the second season? Comment below to let us know your thoughts.