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Will Netflix or Amazon Prime Pick Up Damnation season 2?

Posted by Jamie on January 11, 2019

Will Netflix pick up Damnation season 2? Will another streamer or channel run with the story? The TV show from 2017 seemed to come to a grinding halt but it may not be the end of the series.

Damnation ran for one season in 2017 and featured depression-era Iowa farmers as they battled to survive the harsh financial and cultural conditions of the time. The story is different from the usual and seemed to go down okay with fans and critics. The news that is was not being renewed for a second series was not a surprise to some but that may not be the end of the story.

Damnation TV series

Despite the dramatic title, this isn’t a show about demons or sin but of Iowa farmers during 1930s America. More specifically, the show follows a preacher called Seth Davenport who is intent on fighting the Man and stirring up trouble. Frustrated with the class and wealth gap between the have’s and have-not’s, Davenport wants to stir the pot and try to level the playing field.

With Killian Scott as Seth Davenport, Logan Marshall-Green as Creeley Turner, Sarah Jones as Amelia Davenport and a solid supporting cast, there is certainly nothing wrong with the lineup!

The story is gritty and pulls no punches and follows Davenport as he tries to rebel against authority while being thwarted by a wealthy industrialist who uses all his resources to maintain the status quo. It’s a familiar story that we have seen many times before but it is told in a compelling way and has a very strong cast which makes it very watchable.

Damnation shows Davenport trying to convince Iowa farmers to strike in order to get a better life. The industrialist hires a strike breaker and the Black Legion vigilante group wants a piece of the action too. As the characters unfold, you feel for the farmers and understand why Davenport is doing what he is doing even if you may not agree with it.

Season 1 ran for ten episodes culminating in a showdown that see two diametrically opposed viewpoints coming together to share a common goal.

While Damnation was set in the 1930s, the basic premise rings very true about now. It’s about the wealth gap, about big business versus the people, about good and evil, about the underdog, the lone fighter for good and all the things we are going through right now as a country and as a society.

Why did Damnation not get renewed?

The airing network, USA, didn’t get the viewers it thought it would for series 1 so canned it. Apparently viewing figures were only around half a million for it so the decision was made to not renew it. I imagine a period drama such as Damnation cost a lot to make and the network didn’t want to throw good money after bad.

At the time of writing the future of Damnation has not yet been decided for sure. The USA network has said there will not be a season 2. Netflix owns the first-run rights to Damnation outside of the US and may well take on the story. Nothing has yet been announced but there have been a few ‘watch this space’ hints by people associated with the show.

Will Netflix make Damnation season 2?

Netflix may have the rights to show Damnation outside of the US but that doesn’t mean it will. This is one of those shows that won’t translate to every other country. The Iowa setting, depression-era Iowa and the way of life won’t resonate with other cultures. The characteristics of the time and the challenges may be universal but the setting is uniquely American.

Other series like Westworld did okay but mainly traded on the movie link and Anthony Hopkins even though it was a fantastic show in its own right. This kind of setting just doesn’t work for other cultures even if the storyline does.

The depression and the grittiness of the time is also a little too close to reality to work well right now too. Some exposition pieces on the time may work well but I don’t think Damnation is one of them.

Personally, I don’t think Netflix will make a series 2 of Damnation. Period dramas are expensive, appeal is limited and the international appeal is more limited still. For a company that’s all about global viewing figures, making a TV show with such limitations doesn’t make sense. I could be wrong though, I have been many times before.

Did you like Damnation? Want Netflix to pick up season 2? Got anything else to say about the series? You know what to do…

30 thoughts on “Will Netflix or Amazon Prime Pick Up Damnation season 2?”

D says:
Excellent writing, great cast. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE–Bring back season 2 of Damnation.
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Carolyn Parker says:
I love this show in cali only 3 episodes played and now im over the hill excited about being on netflix i couldnt believe they cancelled this show bring us another season,
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Andrew Harris says:
There should be more shows and movies like this but the majority of the up tight snot nosed upper class of our society don’t like things like this whether it be a movie tv show or way of life or thinking so they complain enough and Bloomberg and the media make up some excuse to put and end to it just like in the tv show the media runs this country and the population of sheeple (the masses, society) won’t do anything to stop it or help the situation most just think oh well that’s not cool enough or good enough for the Rich and famous so it’s not good for us this country is majority made up of followers, sheeple (sheep people) and Bloomberg, media, Rich famous, and government people are the sheep hearders
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Marla Dochstader says:
Please make a series 2 of damnation it’s too good to stop now.
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Season 2 says:
Loved it my whole family loved it! Please do a Season 2 this show is to good not to and advertise it more because we accidentally found it and started watching it. If it had been advertised more where we knew about it we would have watched when it first came out. Season 2 please.
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Brett Sodrel says:
It’s already the great shows like this that get cancelled. This is a fantastic story, enhanced by great acting. Bring it back!
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Josh Suiter says:
We need a season 2 of this Netflix! Well written, gritty storyline, superbly acted. In an age where there is more garbage than good continued on tv or streaming apparati this show hits a home run in many ways and is quite relatable in the post/pre recession crisis we are in at present. Don’t let us down
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Joellen mitchell says:
Best western I’ve ever seen. Poor marketing job, I think. Never even heard of it on USA but found it on Netflix. Hopefully, Netflix will try it again. Bring us a Season 2
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rob maloney says:
An additional comment to the post I just sent – The ‘Damnation’ title was possibly confusing to the perspective audience. There are plenty of other titles. You could change it to ‘Redemption’ or ‘Redemption Road’ or ‘Purgatory’. It seems more marketable.
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rob maloney says:
I just finished watching season one on Netflix. I absolutely loved it. I hope, somehow, there will be a season two. It is set up so nicely to move into the next chapter.
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Marge says:
This is the best western I have ever watched. Superior acting, amazing writer. Please please I beg you Netflix, bring season 2 and change the title and see the numbers of viewers increase by millions.
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Jessica says:
Please bring on Season 2 there isn’t many good westerns around anymore! my husband and i are hooked then came to the end …
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Jax says:
Just saw this on one of my IMDb lists & the first thing I did was to check about season 2 as I was so sure that we were getting a second season but no. Like so many good series you were pushed aside in favour of trash. Hopefully Netflix, Amazon, or some other online streaming giant picks it up just like what they have been doing all year long with all the other mistakes that you’ve been getting rid of . . .
I seriously want a season 2 of Damnation, but I have a feelin that it has been off air just a little bit too long, & I emphasize ‘a little bit’. I hope I’m wrong . . .
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Abelardo Eyzaguirre says:
Let’s sincerely hope you’re wrong
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Justin Knock says:
bring on season 2 please, great story with great actors, loved it.
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D. Robinson says:
Bring it back – Great Series
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Charles Cunagin says:
Love this Show It needs a season 2
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Christina Fossum says:
Waiting for season 2! This was so good! Watching from Norway!
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Shirley Singer says:
I loved this series. Please renew
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Fraiser says:
Love the show so much, been watching it since early january 2018 as i saw it on the front page of netflix in class actually. My parents are watching it as we speak and they’re loving it too. Too bad that they gave up so fast with another season.. But hopefully there could be more! The show deserves more. #Season2Damnation
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Steven Grant says:
In South Africa and I love this show. The coming of age rubbish thats out there has been done. We need more shows like this.
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Mara says:
Netflix needs to do more movies/shows like this. If you can do a show called Sex Education then at least match it with one for us middle aged or intelligent minded people.
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Valerie says:
We need a second season for sure! Excellent show!
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Simon Philippe Jean-Louis Duckett says:
I loved it and I’m in the UK. I tried to promote it to friends who’d like the politics and who also liked ‘Godless’. Western style shows do well here
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Mark Ikimouga says:
Needs a season 2 for real!
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Darcie W. says:
Season 2 please!
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Rita says:
Great series. Wish Netflix would pick it up. Would even be nice to have just a movie to tie up loose ends.
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Rob Maloney says:
Yes.
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Jared says:
Great show, didn’t even know it existed until Netflix. Pick it up Netflix. You have more than enough garbage in your lineup to drop.
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Kelly says:
I want another season of Damnation!
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Josh says:
Love this show, love the era. Love the depiction of history, and the truth in the hardships of our ancestors. I truly hope Netflix picks up a 2nd season.
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Deb says:
Loved the show! Bring back for another season?
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joseph gyimah says:
Seriously we are tired of scientific fictions. Movies like this is what we want to watch. And the season 1 ended in such a way that we are all in suspense. I just hope.
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Sandy S says:
Love this series! Will be so disappointed if they dont make a season 2.
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Belinda says:
I just binged S1 of Damnation and I love the show. I need to know what happens to these characters, especially Creeley and Bessie! Keeping my fingers crossed for a Season 2.
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