‘PEN15’: Why Is Season 2 Only 7 Episodes? What the Creators Said About Season 3

by Jeremy Spirogis
Anna Kone (Anna Konkle) and Maya Ishii-Peters (Maya Erskine) in

Fans of the Hulu comedy sequence PEN15 wasted no time diving into the second season, which was launched on the streaming service on September 18, 2020. However, some could have been stunned to find solely seven new episodes. Learn what the creators of PEN15 have stated concerning the present’s future and when to count on extra episodes.

‘PEN15’ season 1 aired in 2019

PEN15 premiered with its 10-episode first season in February 2019. The sequence depicts the lives of two youngsters, Maya Ishii-Peters and Anna Konkle, who’re finest buddies. They start their Seventh grade faculty 12 months excited for what’s to return, however shortly notice that the whole lot is altering — and quick.

What makes the sequence distinctive is that Maya and Anna are performed by Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle, two grownup actors who additionally co-created the sequence. Portraying variations of themselves as they had been on the turn-of-the-century permits for a nuanced efficiency that earned the eye of millennials in all places.

The first half of season 2 dropped in 2020

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Fans and critics had been so receptive of PEN15 and its message that Hulu ordered a second season simply a few months after the primary dropped. Erskine and Konkle, who’re additionally government producers and have writing credit for a number of episodes, dove in, and now, the second season is right here.

Well, a part of it’s. PEN15 Season 2, Part 1 consists of seven episodes, which choose up proper the place the earlier season left off. Anna and Maya proceed their Seventh-grade 12 months and acquire new experiences, each good and dangerous, from Maya’s function within the faculty play to Anna’s dad and mom as they head towards divorce.

When will ‘PEN15’ Season 2, Part 2, be launched?

Episode 7 made for a strong season finale, however there’s nonetheless extra to return. According to TV Line, which reported on PEN15’s second season premiere date in July 2020, “The 14-episode season will be split into two parts, with the second batch of seven episodes to be held until sometime in 2021.”

Season 2 started filming in both late 2019 or early 2020, as evidenced by the above Instagram. They’ve since resumed following a shutdown. “We’re almost done shooting, but Covid stopped us in the middle, so the next seven episodes…probably won’t be out for a year now,” Konkle instructed W Magazine in September 2020.

Here’s what’s been shared about the way forward for ‘PEN15’ 

Anna Kone (Anna Konkle) and Maya Ishii-Peters (Maya Erskine) in 'PEN15' Season 2, 'Play'
Anna Kone (Anna Konkle) and Maya Ishii-Peters (Maya Erskine) in ‘PEN15’ Season 2, ‘Play’ | Lara Solanki/Hulu

As Konkle stated within the W Magazine interview, the second half of PEN15 season 2 will comprise extra “R-ratedness and mature storylines,” because the characters expertise the rising pains of adolescence. But in the best way that center faculty appeared to stretch on eternally, they hope to do the identical with their sequence about it.

“We’re hoping to keep the show [about] Anna and I in 7th grade, forever,” Erskine instructed Entertainment Weekly in 2019. That’s what the entire idea of the present is about: that purgatory. It’s not about these two characters going to highschool.” So a season Three pickup will seemingly imply extra of the identical, although maybe with a bit of extra chunk.

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