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After Life Season 3 Is Not Guaranteed, Ricky Gervais Says About Netflix Show

The writer, director, and actor of the Netflix show speaks about whether or not there will be a third season.


Ricky Gervais' Netflix show After Life recently returned for a second season, but whether or not it will get picked up for a third go-around has not been confirmed at this stage.

In a Periscope Q&A, Gervais said Season 3 is not guaranteed. The comedian and actor--who wrote and directed all episodes of After Life--said he has "ideas" for what could happen next. A Season 3 would be notable in part because no show that Gervais created has ever moved beyond two seasons. "I don't know. I've got ideas for it. I'd love to do a Season 3, for the first time ever," Gervais said.

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The actor said the response to After Life Season 2 has been incredibly positive so far. If the show continues to get buzz and eyeballs, Netflix might pick it up for another season.

"It looks like this is going to go down a storm, so if this reaction carries on, then yes [we could do a Season 3]," Gervais said.

Gervais added that the positive feedback to After Life makes additional seasons more difficult, from a creative perspective. If people see After Life as a perfect 10-out-of-10 show, then anything less than that for a follow-on series might be seen as a disappointment.

"That's what goes through my mind as well," Gervais said.

After Life follows the story of a man, Tony (Ricky Gervais), who is coping with depression after his wife dies of cancer. The show is a rarity in that it will make you laugh one moment and cry the next. Season 2 ended on something of a cliffhanger, so fans will be hoping for a Season 3.

Gervais is also known for creating The Office (UK) and Extras, both of which ran for two seasons. He also wrote and starred in the 2009 comedy, The Invention of Lying.

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