Netflix's Dead to Me confirmed for a second season

Naomi Gordon
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Dead to Me season 1 spoilers, spoilers, spoilers, spoilers ahead...

Would you be able to forgive someone who accidentally mowed down your husband down; killing him, kept it a secret, intentionally befriended you out of guilt, and then moved into your guest house (foldout sofa/cupboard under the stairs)?

Luckily - for the sake of a second season, which Netflix has now confirmed is officially happening! - the two main leads in Netflix's tragicomedy Dead to Me Christina Applegate's Jen and Linda Cardellini's Judy managed to put the whole manslaughter and betrayal aside to make friends again in the show's dramatic finale, and thus making way for a second instalment... Because we all need more of Jen's filthy anger and dry sense of humour in our lives.

Yes, Netflix has announced that Dead to Me will be returning for a season 2. The streaming giant confirmed the news at the 'For Your Consideration' Emmy panel (via The Hollywood Reporter ) on Monday night (June 3). Creator Liz Feldman will be returning as show-runner, but that's as much as we know for now.

A quick recap on season 1: Dead to Me followed misanthropic, world-hating widow Jen, who investigates the death of her husband Ted after he's killed in a hit and run. After reluctantly attending grief counselling, she meets Judy - a woman around the same age who is also struggling with grief.

The pair become inseparable, and Jen moves Judy into her guesthouse after she finally leaves her awful and selfish ex-boyfriend Steve (James Marsden). However, it soon materialises that it was Judy who hit Ted with her 1966 green mustang, with Steve in the passenger seat, who forced her drive off rather than stopping to see what they hit.

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Judy eventually comes clean to Jen, who, as you can imagine, doesn't respond well, and instead arms herself with Ted's gun. But it's Steve who Jen (seemingly) ends up shooting, and now both women have murder on their conscience... And two secrets that could land them in jail.

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The series also shines a light on important issues that impact women but are still reviled or rarely portrayed sensitively on screen - Jen's double mastectomy being one of them, which Christina Applegate underwent in 2008 after being diagnosed with breast cancer, and Judy experiencing an early menopause.

Will there be a Dead to Me season 2?

Netflix doesn't usually confirm a second season until a month after it has launched, and Dead to Me only debuted on 3rd May, so... see you back here 3rd June?

Creator Liz Feldman has previously stated that the ending "is not exactly what you think", and that "Netflix will have to order a season two for us all to find out".

"There's an evening of the score and there's a rebalancing that will take place and almost, in some ways, a role reversal," Liz told The Hollywood Reporter . "This show will always be a show that explores the dark sides and the light sides of grief, loss, forgiveness and friendship. So suffice to say, there will be more darkness."

The ending was definitely left open to another instalment, and has left viewers with many a question...

What would the Dead to Me season 2 storyline be?

Those questions being: Will Judy help Jen cover up the murder of Steve, after the show ended with his body floating face-down in Jen's pool?

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Will we discover more about Ted and who he really was? Season 1 depicted him as disloyal and a really crap husband after he apparently had an affair with a young waitress named Bambi that Jen and Judy track down. Will there be more to Ted in season 2?

Did Linda's ex, Detective Nick Prager, accidentally kill his partner on duty? Will Nick pose a problem to Linda as he knows she hit Ted and killed him?

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But hang on - did Jen really shoot Steve? Because he had a gunshot to his back, so could it have been someone else? Such as Jen's grumpy teenage son Charlie, who previously stole Ted's gun for protection.

Or possibly even Jen's monstrous mother-in-law Lorna if she found out he was in the car that killed her son?

Dead to Me season 2 cast

So far, we're guessing Christina and Linda will be back as Jen and Judy, and Jen's sons - Sam McCarthy as Charlie, and Luke Roessler as Henry will return too. We're hoping Valerie Mahaffey will reprise her role as Jen's cold and evil mother-in-law Lorna, and Max Jenkins as Jen's God-fearing colleague Christopher Doyle.

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Diana Maria Riva's Detective Ana Perez could be back on the case of Ted's hit and run, and now possibly tasked with investigating Steve's vanishing as a missing person case (if Jen and Judy cover up his murder).

Brandon Scott's storyline as Detective Nick Prager doesn't feel over yet, and we grew close to Keong Sim's Pastor Wayne, so fingers crossed he'll be returning too.

Dead to Me season 1 is available to stream on Netflix.

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