Stephen King has joined the call for a second season of “Y: The Last Man”, which was abruptly canceled. The adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s popular comic book series by FX on Hulu took a long time to get to the small screen, with development beginning in 2015. In the run-up to production, “Y: The Last Man“, which depicts a dystopian society in which every mammal with a Y chromosome dies except for one cisgender man (Ben Schnetzer’s Yorick), went through a showrunner and leading man shift. Filming on “Y: The Last Man” began late last year after multiple delays, and the picture premiered this fall.
Though it got some conflicting reviews, “Y: The Last Man” received a generally positive response. That’s why many people were taken aback when FX canceled the show just a few months ago. Before the first season ended, showrunner Eliza Clark confirmed that “Y: The Last Man” had been canceled. At the same time, she reaffirmed her commitment to telling the series’ tale and promised to find it a new home. FX Productions is said to be on board with this, however little progress has been achieved so far.
Stephen King has now come out in favor of “Y: The Last Man”. After the season 1 finale aired on Monday, King rushed to social media to express his shock at the cancellation of “Y: The Last Man” and his optimism that it would find a new home. See the tweet below:
Is Y THE LAST MAN really canceled? Please say not. Although far from perfect (and some of the scenes are so dark you can’t tell who’s talking), it’s one of the most interesting shows on TV. C’mon, Hulu…or somebody… don’t leave me hanging.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) November 2, 2021
According to a recent story regarding the cancellation of “Y: The Last Man”, HBO Max is being considered as a possible replacement home. Streaming has proven to be a lifesaver for canceled shows, with titles such as Lucifer, You, and, most recently, Manifest finding new homes. Netflix, of course, resurrected all of them. If HBO Max picks up “Y: The Last Man”, it will be the streaming service’s first acquisition from a third party.
King is known for commenting on various types of pop culture and revealing his real ideas, in addition to being an influential novelist in his own right. He recently lauded films such as Dune and Malignant, bestowing a particular seal of approval on both. His support for “Y: The Last Man” is noteworthy, even if it may not be sufficient to save the film entirely. After all, every program in need of a resurgence requires some serious online backing, and who better to provide it than the master of horror?