Ah, we all remember our first — our first kill, of course. Netflix's new teen lesbian vampire drama, First Kill, is a cheesy queer fantasy come to life. Vampires and the LGBTQ+ community have a long-intertwined history. From Anne Rice's homoerotic 1976 debut novel Interview with the Vampire to cult favorite late-'90s WB series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, vampires in literature and visual entertainment have been either queer-coded or literally queer for, like, ever.
Created by New York Times best-selling author Victoria "V.E." Schwab — who also wrote the short story it's based on — First Kill follows high schoolers Juliette Fairmont (Sarah Catherine Hook) and Calliope Burns (Imani Lewis), who can't help fall for each other. Forbidden fruit vibes are ripe, however, as Juliette comes from a long line of vampires (it's literally in her blood), and Calliope comes from a long line of vampire hunters.
Naturally, the teens are both reaching the age that requires them to attempt their first kill. As their relationship blossoms, tensions rise and the girls must choose between their passionate love and the wishes of their rivaling families. It's all so Romeo and Juliet(te).
Though not every review is beaming with praise, First Kill is making a lot of noise. But will said buzz award the show a sophomore season?
When is 'First Kill' Season 2 coming out?
Should we skip all the vampire puns? We'll just say that the consensus is that First Kill kind of sucks, or that it totally bites. (Please don't throw tomatoes at us.) The series currently has a rough Rotten Tomatoes score of 53 percent with 17 critic reviews. That comes with a big "however," as the audience score is currently at a drastically higher 91 percent with 270 user reviews.
As for if the series will get renewed for a Season 2, it all depends on whether or not fans are thirsty enough for more. Viewership is often more important than reviews when it comes to renewals. Sadly, Netflix is awfully secretive about their viewership numbers, with the exception of wildly popular shows like Stranger Things, Bridgerton, and Squid Game. Considering First Kill was just released on June 10, 2022 — during Pride Month, of course — we likely won't get concrete updates on the future of the series for quite a while.
First Kill sees Emma Roberts (American Horror Story), Karah Preiss, and Felicia D. Henderson as producers, the latter also being the series' showrunner. Aside from Sarah Catherine Hook (The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It) and Imani Lewis (Killer Among Us), the cast includes Elizabeth Mitchell (The Purge: Election Year), Aubin Wise (The Finest), Gracie Dzienny (Jupiter's Legacy), and Dominic Goodman (He's All That), among others.
Victoria Schwab wrote 'First Kill' with the desire for representation and queer youths in mind.
"I grew up with my two pillars: Buffy and Supernatural. Those are my families; those are my loves. But the fact is I didn’t see myself in them," Victoria Schwab told AV Club. "I often joke — it’s not really a joke though — that if I had a show like First Kill when I was 16, it probably wouldn’t have taken me till 27 to realize I was gay."
"As a novelist, I am very aware how often we see queer narratives but [they’re] about queerness," she continued. "You can have a queer love story, but it better be about coming out. Straight characters don’t get reduced to their identity in a narrative, and it seems like the only time certain people get to take up space is [with] their identity."
Honestly, preach. Though the premise of First Kill may seem "silly" to some, to others it's heartwarming, magical, inspirational even. An unapologetically gay love story can and should fit into all genres, and that's Victoria Schwab's point.
Season 1 of First Kill is currently streaming on Netflix.