Season 1 of The Mist has already revealed a number of disturbing being that lurk in the town of Bridgton, including mutating moths, blood-sucking leeches and ghosts from the past. But what lingers long after the credits roll is the sense of mystery and secrecy that showrunner Christian Torpe has threaded throughout each episode.
From the origins of the mist to the involvement of The Arrowhead Project, The Mist is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, so we had plenty of burning questions to ask during our interview with Torpe, including how the show will evolve as it rolls on towards Season 2.
Expect To Learn More About How The Mist Works In Season 2
Each version of The Mist so far has appropriately kept us in the dark regarding how it works or where it comes from, but Torpe plans to reveal more back story as the show develops.
"We wanted to treat the mist like a character. It has wants and needs and acts accordingly, but for Season One, we will not be revealing (too) much of how and why - we have built a backstory and mythology that I think the audience is really gonna like when we get to it!"
Eagle-eyed viewers should lift the fog from their eyes and keep a look out for potential clues in Season 1 too, as Torpe revealed that the identity of the black figure from the mall has already been subtly revealed in Episode 4, titled 'Pequod'.
"The answer is actually there, in the episode, but in general, for Season One, we didn't want to over-explain why the mist works as it does. We have our rules and we stick to them, but what exactly the mythology is and how it works, is something we will start going more in depth with in later seasons."
While previous adaptations of Stephen King's story have only hinted at where the mist came from, Torpe has more time to slowly tease the mystery out across multiple episodes and even seasons, which explains why The Mist will reveal more in its sophomore outing.
Season 2 Will Take Aim At The Arrowhead Project
The pilot episode of The Mist opened with the introduction of "Bryan Hunt," an amnesiac soldier whose involvement with The Arrowhead Project could help explain the horrors that wrack the town of Bridgton. However, little mention has been made of this experiment since then, despite the fact that The Arrowhead Project is responsible for bringing the mist into this world — according to Stephen King's original story, at least.
Naturally, we asked Torpe whether we'll have some answers by the time that Season 1 ends, but it turns out that The Arrowhead Project will become a key focus of Season 2 instead:
"We will definitely be tapping deeper into the Arrowhead projects, not that much in season 1, but the season 2 storyline takes us much, much deeper into the Arrowhead projects and its possible connection to the mist itself."
Use of the word "possible" here is rather intriguing, as previous versions of The Mist have confirmed that The Arrowhead Project is responsible for the horror that ensues. While Torpe may have just been deliberately vague here, it's also likely that The Mist TV show will deviate from what we've seen before, perhaps even creating a new origin that still involves Arrowhead in a new way.
Will There Be A Second Season Of The Mist?
Of course, all of this speculation is moot if The Mist isn't renewed for a second season. Fortunately, ratings have remained fairly consistent since the show first aired, despite mixed reviews. TV Series Finale also reports that Kevin Kay, the President of Spike, spoke about a potential second season of The Mist and how it could move to their new Paramount Network:
“In success, if this season on Spike goes well, we would pick it up for next year, and Season 2 will be on Paramount. I think it looks very good, there is a big marketing campaign that is about to launch around it. We think it’s got a lot of potential, and it might join the Paramount Network.”
This news sounds rather promising, leading us to believe that The Mist will in fact float our way once again after the current season ends. Torpe told us if that's the case, then plans are already in place to continue the story next year:
"It's too early to say if we will get a season 2 or not, but as you can see from my answers, I have a plan and know what the madness leads to!"
Let's hope that this plan will provide Torpe with the chance to finally answer some of the show's mysteries, continuing to delve into topical concerns, and perhaps even crossing over with other Stephen King adaptations one day. After all, who wouldn't want to see Pennywise float in The Mist?
What would you like to see explored in Season 2 of The Mist? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
(Source — TV Series Finale)