With an abundance of period piece series like Bridgerton and The Gilded Age currently thriving, executive producers David Jenkins and Oscar winner Taika Waititi sought to bring us a new period tale in 2022 — and it involves gay pirates. Blimey! This is what modern television was missing.
Created by David Jenkins, the HBO Max series Our Flag Means Death follows the transitional journey of Stede Bonnet (Rhys Darby), a privileged 18th-century aristocrat and landowner who ditches his mundanely cushy life for a dangerous one as a “Gentleman Pirate.”
Believe it or not, it's loosely based on a true story. When crossing paths with the violent and legendary Edward Teach — who's better known as Blackbeard (Taika Waititi) — Stede Bonnet develops an unexpectedly warm friendship with the misunderstood pirate, one that slowly blossoms into something more. You know what they say: Opposites attract.
Frequent collaborators Rhys Darby and Taika Waititi's chemistry shines in this oddball rom-com series, and we'd walk the plank to see where their characters' courtship goes. Featuring a serendipitously queer romance and a nonbinary pirate (Vico Ortiz), Our Flag Means Death is a breath of fresh air.
But clearly, it's not necessarily a universally appealing show, and it doesn't pretend to be. Fellow buccaneers, let's discuss whether or not Our Flag Means Death will be granted the Season 2 it deserves.
Will 'Our Flag Means Death' get renewed for Season 2?
Tara Bennett of IGN Movies called the series "one of the most unique comedies bobbing out in the ocean of scripted television right now." But, as we know, reviews aren't everything.
However, we are happy to report to our fellow OFMD stans, that we've struck pirate booty! As of June 1, 2022 — aka the first day of Pride month — Our Flag Means Death has been renewed for a sophomore season.
"Season 2 is officially setting sail," HBO Max tweeted, which was immediately followed by a slew of celebratory fan responses. The fanbase has been anxiously awaiting this news for months.
Regarding said renewal, Vanity Fair's Katey Rich hilariously described the news as "the sigh of relief heard ’round the internet." It's true, people go hard for this show.
'Our Flag Means Death' has already gained a dedicated cult following.
In an interview with Polygon, David Jenkins discussed how wonderful the response has been from fans.
"I think we’re so lucky. It’s been so heartening to see how many people are responding to the show. Just in the last week, the fandom exploded. Just to see it on Twitter, to see the fan art, is so gratifying," he explained. Honestly, we're a little nervous to check out that fan art, in public anyway.
Not only are fans expressing their love for the dreamy swashbuckling series via visual art, but through passionate writing as well.
"People are so smart! I checked out some threads people [were] writing while the show was on, and it was like they had been in the writers’ room. They understood what we were doing, and they were having the same conversations we had," David continued, clearly touched by the effect his creation has on viewers.
Until the highly anticipated premiere of Our Flag Means Death Season 2, we'll be writing steamy Stede and Blackbeard fanfics.
Season 1 of Our Flag Means Death is currently streaming on HBO Max.