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I’m simply going to say it: The final couple weeks have been tough. Residing within the Upside Down tough. Flip-on-the-news-with-one-eye-closed tough. Normally, this column is dedicated to these matters. However earlier this week, on Wednesday, the clouds parted and a bit of fine information emerged: HBO Max has renewed Our Flag Means Loss of life for a second season, and I’m selecting to carry that shut.
You may be questioning if it’s because Taika Waititi, who performs Blackbeard on the present, at the moment graces WIRED’s cowl. That’s a part of it, sure. (Waititi’s vibe undoubtedly screams: One among Us.) Nevertheless it’s greater than that; it’s additionally a couple of fan-favorite present lastly getting a win. The primary season ended on a cliffhanger, however for months there was no phrase of a second one. Followers started to panic, pushing hashtags like #RenewOurFlagMeansDeath and even sending HBO postcards requesting a second season. In a bleak week, the web efficiently campaigning for a beloved present seems like a victory.
Our Flag Means Loss of life’s renewal additionally comes at a really opportune time. Wednesday occurred to be June 1, the primary day of this yr’s Satisfaction month, and as one of the crucial well queer exhibits on tv—significantly, the best way it flipped the script on queerbaiting stays a revelation—the renewal felt like a present to LGBTQ+ followers. The solid and crew confirmed as a lot: Waititi’s tweet about season two featured a rainbow flag and a pirate flag, and Con O’Neill, who performs Izzy Arms, tweeted “Completely happy satisfaction you stunning individuals x” alongside a screenshot of “#RenewOurFlagMeansDeath” trending amongst the Satisfaction month matters on Twitter. It’s nearly as if HBO held onto the information simply to drop it on this specific day.
Amidst each terrible factor occurring on Earth proper now, it appears odd to rejoice the renewal of a present—particularly contemplating the second season hasn’t even been written and doesn’t have a launch date but. However there’s one thing about celebrating this present that feels value it. Our Flag Means Loss of life, a present considerably primarily based on actuality, is about one pirate, Blackbeard, who falls for a “gentleman pirate,” Stede (Rhys Darby). Each of them are reworked within the course of. At a time when it will possibly really feel just like the world is regressing, like issues won’t ever evolve, watching love blossom in lawlessness is the type of pleasure that’s exhausting to disclaim.