Fans of Freeform's "Dead of Summer" remain on edge as the supernatural horror series has yet to be renewed for a second season. Chances of its renewal are not conclusive either as the show garnered mixed reviews from critics during its release. While it added a refreshing spin to mostly clichéd summer horror tropes, the series has been criticized for its "flat and uninspiring" storylines and lack of actual scares.
Despite the vague future, executive producers Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis and Ian Goldberg are already planning up storylines for a potential "Dead of Summer" Season 2. They said they envision the series to follow an anthology series format, much like cult favorite "American Horror Story" on FX, and talked about potential time jumps and new connections between the characters.
Recap of 'Dead Summer' Season 1
In case you haven't watched this up-and-coming horror series yet, "Dead of Summer" follows a Midwestern summer camp in 1989. The horror begins when the teenage campers find the janitor dead, and soon enough they encounter supernatural threats and unsuspecting murders.
"Dead of Summer" stars Alex Powell (Ronen Rubinstein), Amy Hughes (Elizabeth Lail), Drew Reeves (Zelda Williams), Blair Ramos (Mark Indelicato) and Deb Carpenter (Elizabeth Mitchell). According to the showrunners themselves, the characters are composites of 80's archetypes as envisioned by the writers, from the jock and the pretty girl, to the stoner and the mysterious outsider.
Future trajectories for 'Dead of Summer'
In a report from Collider, executive producers Horowitz and company discussed taking a different year per season at the camp. They're planning a 10-episode structure per season to allow for a close-ended story, but does not discount the possibility of connections between characters in each season. It's possible, therefore, that we would not see the same cast and characters should "Dead of Summer" return for Season 2.
The executive producers also seemed to have thought way ahead of Season 2 already. Like "American Horror Story," "Dead of Summer" will also have an overarching mythology spread across five seasons. The showrunners also cautioned viewers not to preempt deaths in the show. They reminded everyone that "Dead of Summer" deals with the supernatural genre, not a slasher thriller.
But as the "Dead of Summer" producers plan ahead, SpoilerTV reported that the show's viewership slid from 0.63 to 0.41 million viewers between the premiere and the finale. Even at its critical best, reviews remained mixed, making its future even more uncertain. Fans, however, should take this brainstorming as a good sign that Freeform hasn't axed "Dead of Summer" yet.