Sunderland ‘Til I Die season 2 review – a curious docuseries of a recovering football club

By Daniel Hart
Published: April 1, 2020 (Last updated: January 21, 2024)
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Netflix's Sunderland 'Til I Die season 2


Netflix’s Sunderland ‘Til I Die Season 2 is timely and oddly nostalgic but watching a recovering football club is wonderfully insightful.

Netflix’s Sunderland ‘Til I Die season 2 was released on the platform on April 1, 2020 – add it to your list now.

If I’m brutally honest, the fact that Netflix is releasing football-related content at this time is absolutely heartbreaking. I miss football; I miss being excited for it, waiting each week for it and also being immature every time my team doesn’t perform. It’s a recurring ritual. Netflix’s Sunderland ‘Til I Die Season 2 was always going to feel nostalgic during this time.

But let’s try and review this from the perspective that the world is not crippled by disease. Sunderland FC has a passionate, ferocious and community-led fan base that many supporters can be envious of. After having a few survival seasons in the premier league, the club was relegated in successive seasons and they now find themselves in League 1. Sunderland ‘Til I Die Season 2 documents a new owner arriving with ambition and a drive to recover the club. “It’s a new dawn” in Season 2.

And the second season came at the right time because unfortunately, Sunderland did not manage to prop back up the Championship, which would have made this series all the more painful. But due to circumstances at present with sport worldwide, Sunderland ‘Til I Die Season 2 is an insight into what happens when a new owner comes in and makes changes. It’s an archive of a recovering club desperately trying their hardest to get back into the top echelon of football.

The first episode is mostly dedicated to the owner who seems very obsessed with changing the entrance song for when the players come back out, which is humorously met by “it doesn’t matter what you do unless you get a new PA system” and then the awkward silence follows. Sunderland ‘Til I Die Season 2 is pure gold, and insightful at the same time. It’s hard to keep your eyes off it.

And despite the fact that we’ve had many iterations of similar series’ to this one, Sunderland ‘Til I Die is more refreshing to watch due to the fact they are recovering. The heartbreak for fans and the wider community (and some of the players) adds to reigniting the passion, but then on the flip side, watching the owner strip the wage bill due to the crippling cash flow gives the series a sobering impact, with sterile methods.

I’ve no doubt if you watch Netflix’s Sunderland ‘Til I Die Season 2 you will enjoy it, but if you are a football fan, you’ll forget initially what a set of fans and a ball getting kicked around looks like.

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