Station Eleven Season 2 Updates: Kirsten (Mackenzie Davis) and Jeevan (Himesh Patel) have arrived at the end of their voyage on Station Eleven after an emotional reunion. The Season 1 finale of HBO’s Max series, which is based on Emily St. John Mandel’s 2014 novel of the same name, aired on January 14. The show is unlikely to return for a second season, despite the network’s lack of official announcements.
Station Eleven was billed as a miniseries from the beginning. While it’s likely it’ll follow in the footsteps of White Lotus and Big Little Lies, two other HBO shows that were originally planned to be one-season projects but have since been renewed, the tale covers most of the events from the book. Of course, there were some adjustments.
For example, Jeevan (Himesh Patel) plays a significantly bigger part than he did in the original plot. He helps Kirsten (played by Matilda Lawler and Mackenzie Davis in the musical) find an adult on the night of the play, but he never sees her again in the book.
Tyler (also known as the Prophet) had a very different fate. In the book, he is brutally murdered by his followers, but the HBO adaptation takes a more nuanced approach: he and Kirsten develop an odd alliance and bond over their mutual love of the Station Eleven comic, ultimately portraying him as a troubled antagonist rather than an outright evil.
Station Eleven Season 2 Canceled
Mandel stated she was “pretty hands-off” with the series in a recent interview with Bustle. Prior to working together, she’d been friends with showrunner Patrick Somerville (The Leftovers), so when he recommended departures from the original material — mostly by text — she was happy to sign off.
“He approached me early on and said, ‘I’d like to relocate the show’s location from Toronto to Chicago.’ ‘It didn’t bother me,’ Mandel remarked. “I’m not sure if he cleared the Kirsten and Jeevan narrative line with me, but I really like it.”
With Somerville directing the Station Eleven adaptation, Mandel was able to concentrate on her next book, Sea of Tranquillity, a time travel story that stretches from British Columbia in 1912 to a lunar base in 2041 and chronicles the interwoven lives of several individuals.
“There’s something about being trapped in your apartment and locked down that makes you want to go to the moon,” Mandel said of writing the book during the 2020 lockdown to Bustle.
The film Sea of tranquillity will be released in April 2022. Mandel hasn’t said whether she wants to return to the universe of Station Eleven in a future book, although it’s possible that one of her earlier works will be adapted.
Beyond that, whether or not Station Eleven will be renewed will be determined by Sommerville and his team’s belief that there is more story to be mined.
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