While Netflix's Stranger Things became the breakaway hit of the Summer, it's not the only fascinating sci-fi series produced by the streaming service. The OA was released in December, and has quickly become fairly popular as well as critically acclaimed. Netflix recently renewed The OA for a second season, leading many to wonder what to expect in future episdoes, especially after its controversial Season 1 cliffhanger. And with such a unique and genre bending series, it seems like just about anything could happen. And series star Jason Isaacs seems to believe the same.
I recently had the chance to speak with Jason Isaacs about his role in Gore Verbinski's A Cure for Wellness. But I had to geek out about The OA, and asked Isaacs if the cast and crew thought they'd be renewed, and specifically if it seemed like creators Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij had crafted a long reaching narrative. He said,
They absolutely had a vision for, if they were lucky enough to do it, other ways to continue the story. I've never encountered anything like it, and I'm thrilled that I get to go back into that world, or some other world. Who knows what they're going to come up with? It's incredibly imaginative.
Jason Isaacs' comment actually functions two-fold. To start, it's reassuring that Season 2 of The OA was likely planned far ahead of its renewal, meaning the series will be just as fascinating in its sophomore season. But more importantly, it opens the idea up that The OA could have vastly different seasons, resembling an anthology series.
The part of Jason Isaacs' statement that is so intriguing is the idea of "some other world". Considering Isaacs is privy to the inner workings of The OA, this hardly seems like a coincidence. Indeed, the show's first season certainly could function as a completed story, rather than one that necessarily has to continue in Season 2. We saw OA realize the true nature of her premonition, and she and the group successfully saved the high school from a massacre. Sure, Homer and company are still trapped by Jason Isaac's Hap, but Season 1 could theoretically complete one story and start another.
The question is whether or not the series will go full on American Horror Story in changing worlds, or if OA and her followers will explore other worlds through dimensional travel. That was, after all, the true point of the movements- so they could travel dimensions and save Homer and the other captives from Hap's experiments. So those "new worlds" may simply be the ones traveled by those who have mastered the movements.
Alas, we'll have to wait quite some time to see if The OA turns into an anthology series, or continues the narrative in a more traditional fashion.