Archive 81 Season 2: What we know so far

Archive 81 Season 2

Horror movies always have a thrill in them. Maybe that is why they are so popular amongst the audience. Netflix has a long list of amazing horror movies. One of these, which was virtuously acclaimed by the audience was Archive 81. Rebecca Sonnenshine, Paul Harris Boardman, and James Wan executive produced the American supernatural, sci-fi mystery horror streaming television series which currently has one of the highest ratings on Netflix. The series is based on the same-named podcast about academics categorizing a lost filmmaker’s video library.  Netflix launched the series on January 14, 2022.

Archive 81 Season 2 Netflix Renewal Status 

As of now the official renewal status of Archive 81 Season 2 stands at not renewed.

A fresh new series like Archive 81 is quite unlikely to receive a multi-season order up front, which is exactly what happened. Instead, the show will be renewed only if it meets specific criteria. This covers things like viewership, stickiness (how many people start watching a show and then complete it), and other things.

The show has yet to receive a official confirmation on Netflix as of February 2022. Based on the viewership of the show, it still is unpredictable if the show might get a Season 2. The show appeared to get its groove in week two, but an almost 50% dip in week three and four which might mean disaster for the show. 

Archive 81 Season 2

The show’s makers have clearly laid the stage for Archive 81 Season 2 though. They said in an interview with Variety that there would be more:

“I think there’s a lot of story that we didn’t get a chance to tell in that eight-episode first season,” said creator Rebecca Sonnenshine adding “But we do know what Davenport is up to and so that is very much a part of Season 2. That’s great that, hopefully, we leave people with questions. I definitely try not to answer questions before people ask them as an audience. You don’t want to frontload information. We have a lot of cool stuff planned for Davenport.”

What is the Netflix rating for Archive 81?

One of the most efficient methods for a Netflix show to get renewed is to attract large audiences. That’s usually a challenging task especially considering that the show is relatively new. 

Archive 81 Season 2

According to the recently revealed Netflix Top 10 sites, Archive 81 was seen for 129.47 million hours in its first three weeks on the platform.

Between January 31 and February 6, the show plummeted by up to 50% from week 3, with the lowest number of hours seen that week being 16.69 million.

The fact that the program had a huge rise in viewership from week 1 to week 2 is supported by Nielsen’s top 10s, which reveal that the show had a big boost in viewing from week 1 to week 2. This is likely due to the various articles and social media published on the series.

Between January 16 and January 23, according to IMDb MovieMeter statistics, the program became the third most popular on the platform. It was at 69 the week it was published, demonstrating, as previously said, that the series was able to gain pace after the second week. Archive 81 was ranked #21 between January 30 and February 6. For the week ending February 13, it plummeted to #56.

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Archive 81 Season 2: What to expect

The only way to predict what could happen in Archive 81 Season 2 right now is by recapping the first one. 

Melody meets Steve at the psychiatric clinic, but she has a hard time accepting her inability to leave, but she eventually manages to flee and save Jess. Dan saves Melody, but he’s been stranded in the 1990s (particularly, 1994, which is a fantastic year).

That’s where the narrative ends, so naturally, there are a lot of unanswered questions and we want to know what happens next. 

If Archive 81 Season 2 does come on board, it’s probable that the majority of the core characters will return in some way or another.

Main cast of Archive 81

  • Mamoudou Athie as Daniel “Dan” Turner
  • Dina Shihabi as Melody Pendras
  • Evan Jonigkeit as Samuel Spare / Alexander Davenport
  • Julia Chan as Anabelle Cho
  • Ariana Neal as Jessica “Jess” Lewis
  • Matt McGorry as Mark Higgins
  • Martin Donovan as Virgil Davenport

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Synopsis of the show 

The program follows Dan, an audio archivist who has recently been employed for a position that requires him to evaluate and classify a collection of ancient audio cassettes. The contract entails working at a remote and secluded bunker in the midst of the woods for an organization named the Housing Historical Committee of New York State. Throughout his tenure on the job, Dan is approached by his supervisor, who demands that he film himself on a regular basis for archiving and legal grounds. Dan is listening to audio cassettes that are nearly two decades old and feature interviews conducted by Melody Pendras.

Melody Pendras conducted interviews with inhabitants of the Eldritch Visser building, a historic and enigmatic Manhattan apartment building, in the 1990s.  The interviews are with unusual and quirky occupants of the building, and they frequently mention a horrific and unsettling music that has impacted the residents. Throughout the first season, Dan struggles to make sense of the records and is more disturbed by Pendras’ strange interviews. Pendras has a female girlfriend named Alexa, who is briefly mentioned in the records, but the rest of the cassettes are devoted to her interviews with other residents.