Netflix Finally Revealed What To Expect From That Extra Tiger King Episode

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It’s been about three weeks since Netflix’s Tiger King hit the streaming service but it’s still holding strong at No. 1 of the platform’s most popular titles. Streamers just can't get enough of the wild true-crime documentary series centering on Joe Exotic’s cat breeding zoo that takes a number of jaw-dropping twists. And earlier this week we learned that a bonus episode might be coming via an announcement from Tiger King’s Jeff and Lauren Lowe. Netflix has now dropped what to expect from the eighth episode. Check it out:

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There you have it. This Sunday, Netflix is dropping a Tiger King bonus episode, but it’s probably not what you expected. Instead of another documentary format episode of the series, Community’s Joel McHale will be hosting a Tiger King aftershow featuring interviews with key players from Tiger King.

In the Twitter announcement, the actor made the announcement in full Joe Exotic attire clarifying that it would be called The Tiger King and I and focus on interviews with those involved with the project. It sounds like the eighth episode was filmed after the release of Tiger King back in March and will be about how their lives have changed since the release of the series.

Joel McHale promised the aftershow will be eye-opening and a funny look at the show everyone loves to discuss right at the moment. (Just watch some of our CinemaBlend staff discuss the real villain of Tiger King). While the infamous Joe Exotic is currently in prison and likely busy setting off a gigantic lawsuit from behind bars, there are confirmed appearances and interviews from John Reinke, Joshua Dial, John Finlay, Saff, Erik Cowie, Rick Kirkman, and Jeff and Lauren Lowe. Probably via video chat considering the circumstances?

The news comes following Doc Antle’s recent update about placing his tigers is isolation at their home at Myrtle Beach Safari to protect them from coronavirus following word that a tiger at the Bronx Zoo tested positive for the virus, becoming the first known animal to have COVID-19 in the US. Fans of the series will undoubtedly like to to catch up on the lives of Tiger King’s real people – especially after all the attention the show has received over the past few weeks.

This bonus episode seems not unlike the reunion episode of Netflix’s viral Love Is Blind shortly after the series aired. This may be the start of a growing trend for the streaming platform to give its subscribers more from the original shows and movies they are watching once the hype reaches its peak.

Tiger King And I, the eighth Tiger King episode and aftershow hosted by Joel McHale, hits Netflix on April 12.

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