On the evening of the first season finale of The Purge, fans can rejoice that Season 2 of the series is officially greenlit. The series has taken us on a ride this season, killing off characters some characters in the latter episodes of the limited edition run that deserved it and some that have made us remain in denial that the finale will provide some much needed closure. Closure that might include one of my favorites coming back for one last scare, revamping the term to not just be merely for the killer in a slasher film, but a victim fallen prey to a killer.
According to Chris McCumber, the President of Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertaininment:
“USA Network is so proud to be the television home for the iconic franchise The Purge,” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, in a release announcing the news. “The partnership and creative trust of Jason Blum and everyone at Blumhouse Television and Universal Pictures ensured The Purge’s successful transition from film to TV – and, along with Universal Cable Productions, we look forward to digging even deeper into the mythology in Season 2.”
The transition has been far smoother than I ever could have anticipated, but leaves me still hoping for at least a fourteen episode second season. I want the build up to purge night itself again, but for the show to also include an episode that explores what happens after purge night. This is an untapped area that lends itself to the build up of future seasons. Cliffhangers could ensue and the show could introduce audiences to survivors of those murdered on purge night. What happens to the victims friends and family? What makes that person decide the next year to participate when they never have before this particular purge?
In many ways, I feel that James Demonaco is the only person who has that answer. After all, he directed the first three films and has developed the series for USA Network. I cannot envision him leading us astray now. Demonaco recently told EW that he feels he knows how he wants the series to end.
I have [the next installment] in my head. I think I’m going to write it. I think it’s a great way to end it all. We want to end it all, I think, in this one, and I’m very excited. When I came up with the idea and pitched it to everybody, they seemed psyched, and I think it will be a really cool ending, how we take this one home.
While I do not know what Demonaco has in store it has me wondering if we will see The Purge franchise end on the small screen or the silver screen. I am enjoying the television series, but with that said I cannot imagine the franchise ending there. I envision a couple of seasons of the show that leads us into the last big screen feature. In the horror world though we know that all good things rarely come to an end with reboots and remakes lurking beneath any film considered a horror classic. Something tells me that Demonaco vision for the series will continue to lead fans down the right path.
How do you want The Purge franchise to end? Let us know in the comments below and make sure to come back for my recap of tonight’s season finale of The Purge!
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