One of the most ambitious comedy series to come along in quite some time will return for a second season. Fox announced today that it has ordered The Last Man on Earth Season 2, ensuring that our time with Will Forte’s Phil Miller is far from over. The series was developed by Forte and The LEGO Movie/22 Jump Street/Clone High geniuses Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and stars Forte as one of the last humans alive after a viral outbreak wiped out most of mankind. While the near-perfect pilot revolved around Forte’s solitude, the series has added more cast members in subsequent episodes to thicken the plot and, surprisingly, turn Forte’s character into the semi-villain of his own series.
The Last Man on Earth’s first season could have benefitted from a few more episodes of Forte alone, but I mostly like where it’s gone thus far, and I’m happy to see the show embracing some of the darkness inherent in its premise. I’m incredibly curious to see how the Season 1 arc will conclude.
In speaking about Season 2 at WonderCon, Forte recently revealed that they have an idea that will require him to grow out his beard again—which explains his burgeoning facial hair on recent late night talk show appearances. The actor also said that they couldn’t fit all of their ideas into the show’s first season, so they’ve got some banked for the now-official second season.
In fact, Forte, Miller, and Lord have already kind of planned out the endgame for the series. They said at WonderCon that if the show goes for 7 or 8 seasons, the last episode should jump forward 1,000 years so you could see what happens, with Forte playing Phil Miller’s great great great great great grandson.
For now I’m really interested to see how the first season wraps up, with only five episodes left to go before the finale on May 3rd. I’m onboard for pretty much anything the trio wants to try in Season 2 as long as Kristen Schaal remains a vital part of the series. Carol is secretly the heart of the show, and I’d love to see the character get fleshed out a bit more.
What do you want to see from The Last Man on Earth’s second season, readers? And how are you liking the twists and turns of Season 1 so far? Sound off in the comments below.