Renewed or Cancelled – will there be a season 2 of The Staircase (2022)?

June 6, 2022
Jordan Russell Lyon 0
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This article discusses whether there will be season 2 of the HBO Max series The Staircase (2022) and its renewed or cancelled status.

Access the recaps, news, and reviews for The Staircase (2022).

Based on the real-life murder of Kathleen Peterson, The Staircase switches between timelines in the lead-up to her death and the non-stop drama that follows once she is found dead at the bottom of the staircase. Suspicion falls on her husband, Michael Peterson. But the show also explores the theories that Kathleen simply fell down the stairs or that an owl was to blame for her death.

Of course, the story of Kathleen Peterson and how she may have died is a familiar case. And many may have watched the 2004 documentary miniseries that was also titled The Staircase. But with the HBO Max series covering much of what has happened, will the show return for a second season?

Will there be a season 2 of the HBO Max series The Staircase (2022) – renewed or cancelled status

Status: Not renewed.

Although it shouldn’t be a shock to anyone, The Staircase will not be returning for a second season. Labeled as a miniseries from the beginning, it’s been clear that there would be no more than eight episodes. Considering that the show covers everything, from Kathleen’s death, Michael’s imprisonment, the Alford plea, etc., it would be very hard to warrant the need for additional episodes, let alone a full season. 

However, as many of the real people involved in the case, including the 2004 documentary maker Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, have criticized the show, could additional episodes of the documentary be made? It’s not a wild theory, as they already made follow-up episodes in 2013 and 2018. Plus, as Michael Peterson himself claims that the HBO Max series “is not terribly accurate”, could he want to return to the documentary and put across his version of events? 

Only time will tell. But for now, it’s safe to say that the HBO Max version of The Staircase will not be returning. 

You can watch this series with a subscription to HBO Max.

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