Critically acclaimed and socially controversial, Netflix's series adaptation of the 2014 satire Dear White People — created by the film's writer/director Justin Simien — follows a group of students of color at the fictional Ivy League college Winchester University as they fight social injustice on their predominantly white campus. Now it's been renewed by the streaming service for a second season, as announced through the show's official Facebook page:
The 10-episode first season took a unique approach to its story by having each episode focus on one of the characters and their backstories leading up to the central conflict, the "blackface" party thrown by the satirical white magazine on campus.
The series, like its preceding film, has received a great amount of controversy, with some viewers accusing it of reverse racism; the trailer holds nearly 40,000 dislikes on YouTube compared to under 20,000 likes. Despite this, the series earned rave reviews, holding a 100 percent "Certified Fresh" rating from critics and 65 percent positive rating from audiences.
While most of the characters reconciled towards the end of the season, there were still quite a few questions left unanswered...
What Will Happen To The Armstrong-Parker House In Season 2?
As we neared the end of the last season, Coco (Antoinette Robertson) discovered that the wealthiest donors to the school, the Hancocks, paid to have the historically black house on campus, Armstrong-Parker, shut down, due to the racial tensions that have developed on campus. In the finale, we see Lionel has also learned of this threat and exposes the Hancocks to the school in a town hall meeting held on campus, leading to a large outrage from the students.
Before we see a resolution to this, though, the students are distracted when campus police arrest student body president Troy Fairbanks (Brandon P. Bell), nearly pulling a gun on him. The finale ends with the main characters, aside from Troy, reuniting in AP House to watch the latest episode of the show-within-a-show, Defamation (a parody of #Scandal), together.
The real question left hanging is what will happen to the AP House now that Troy has been arrested and the dean, his father, is standing by his side. Will he and the other college board members still comply with the Hancocks' wishes to disband the house? Will Sam (Logan Browning) and her friends be left homeless in the next season?
Chances are, this will be the central conflict driving the second season of the series. While the first season focused on the "blackface" party and the resulting fallout on campus, a focus on the group fighting to keep their house and fight to have their voices heard on social injustices could be even more timely and poignant than the first season.
What Will Happen To Troy?
As previously mentioned, Troy was arrested in the first season finale for destruction of public property when he discovered that he was locked out from the town hall and smashed the door to try and break in. He's put into the back of a police car and driven away as Sam tries to comfort a tearful Dean Fairbanks, who has worked hard to keep his son on the straight and narrow.
So, what's to become of Troy in the next season? While it can be argued that simple destruction of property charges can be dropped by Dean Fairbanks, since he's an employee of the school, there's a very real chance Troy will have some major consequences. He resisted the arrest — trying to shove the officers away from him and shouting at them — which could have ended in a too-real scenario. Will this arrest hurt Troy's future both on and off-campus? How will he work towards getting back in everyone's favor?
Will Kelsey Get Her Dog Back And Catch The Culprit?
She was never a primary character in the first season, yet fans fell in love with the crazy-giddy Kelsey (Nia Jervier) despite her nosy nature. Though she could be seen protesting during the town hall, Kelsey finally got command of the screen again in a mid-credits scene in the finale, in which she ran out to the group watching Defamation shouting about her dog being stolen and that the culprit left a racist message for her. However, everyone dismisses her claims, saying the dog probably ran away and that it's been a long day, asking her to at least wait for the commercial break.
So what will happen to her dog, Sorbet, in the next season? Will Kelsey be able to find the culprit, or will the dognapper get away with the crime? Hopefully Sam and the rest of the group decide to help her find the person responsible for the theft, because who doesn't love the little Sorbet pictured above?
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