This article discusses the possibility of Willow Season 2 and the show’s renewed or canceled status. It also contains some spoilers for the ending of the first season.
Willow was a strange show for Disney+, a sequel to a late-80s Ron Howard fantasy film written by George Lucas and brought to life by his team at Industrial Light & Magic. People liked it at the time, sure, and it has become something of a cult classic since, but perhaps it’s the cynic in me that suspects the project was more a result of Disney needing a big-budget high-fantasy series to compete with the likes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power on Prime Video and House of the Dragon on HBO.
Nevertheless, here we are. The first season of Willow concluded on January 11, 2023, with a very explicit tease of more to come, so fans are wondering what the future of the show might look like. Here’s everything we know.
Will there be a Willow Season 2?
Renewal status: TBC
While Disney hasn’t yet provided concrete confirmation that the show has been renewed, it’s looking extremely likely that we’ll see more of it in the near future.
For one thing, there’s the matter mentioned above — Disney would like a profitable fantasy series to spawn merchandise and spin-offs that doesn’t fit under the Marvel or Star Wars umbrella. There’s plenty of mileage in this setting to really wring it for all it’s worth, and with a cast comprised primarily of exciting young talent, there’s definitely at least a few years in the bank here.
The creative team has also expressed interest in keeping the show going. Creator Jonathan Kasdan has explicitly expressed interest in bringing Val Kilmer back to reprise his role as Madmartigan, since filming the first season during the Covid-19 pandemic which prevented him from being involved. The character still technically featured — thanks to voice work from Kilmer’s son — but wasn’t physically present, so that’s an option that could very well be explored.
Even the show itself hinted at not one but two follow-ups. In a post-credits scene, the storybook that has been used as a framing aesthetic for the credits was closed and seen being replaced on a bookshelf. On its spine was written “Volume I”, and it was placed next to two subsequent volumes, implying that there will be three seasons.