‘Interview With the Vampire’ Season 2 Will Ramp Up the Bloodshed

sam reid as lestat de lioncourt, jacob anderson as louis de point du lac and bailey bass as claudia    interview with the vampire  season 1, episode 7   photo credit alfonso brescianiamc
'Interview With the Vampire' S2 Will Be BloodyAlfonso Bresciani/AMC

This story contains spoilers for the Season One finale of Interview With the Vampire.

After a season of love, betrayal, and murder most foul, Interview With the Vampire has come to a bloody end. Or has it? AMC’s decadent adaptation of the seminal Anne Rice novel has made inroads with devoted readers and newbies alike, but luckily, the journey is only just beginning. Listen up, fellow creatures of the night, and read on for everything we know about Season Two of Interview With the Vampire.

Has AMC Renewed Interview With the Vampire For Season Two?

Yes. Dan McDermott, president of original programming for AMC Networks and AMC studios, said in a statement, “The scope and breadth of this show, and what Mark [Johnson] and Rolin [Jones] have delivered, is just stupendous. They have rendered the rich and vibrant world of Anne Rice’s Interview in a wonderful way, and we’re incredibly proud. From the set build, to production design, costumes and more—no detail was overlooked. This stellar cast deliver powerful performances that emotionally connect us to these characters and their humanity. We look forward to sharing the final product of this extraordinary effort with audiences in just a few short days and are thrilled that this story will continue. This is only the beginning of an entire Universe featuring enthralling stories and characters that capture the spirit of Anne Rice’s amazing work.”

Showrunner Rolin Jones responded, "Bulgaria. Romania. Paris. (Ah Paris!) San Francisco. New Orleans. Dubai. The writing staff of Anne Rice’s Interview With the Vampire is honored, humbled, and hungry to add more stamps to our vamps’ passport books. All praises be to our fearless network, we shall endeavor not to screw it up." Notice a few locations we haven’t visited yet, like Bulgaria, Romania, and Paris? We can expect to go there in Season Two—more on that below.

What Could Happen in Interview With the Vampire Season Two?

Season One ends partway through Rice’s novel, with Louis and Claudia bound for Paris after killing Lestat in a shocking betrayal. Jones confirmed to Variety that Season Two will complete the novel, saying, “Going forward, we are going to do things that are wildly loyal, and really try to squeeze out every beautiful piece of prose in that second half of the book—and we are going to do some other things the book didn’t do, mostly based on where the books go from here. Books two, three, and six really inform all the decisions we made in Season One, and a lot of the decisions we are making in Season Two.” We can guess that Louis and Claudia are headed for Paris, as in the novel, but Jacob Anderson wouldn't be so specific, telling E!Online, "I think it's safe to say that Claudia and Louis are heading for the European region of the world. They're heading towards Europe." Could they be stopping in Bulgaria or Romania first, as Jones teased?

But wherever Louis and Claudia go, one of the biggest questions hanging over Season Two concerns what (or who!) they're leaving behind. As the show and the book both reveal, what’s (un)dead never dies—Lestat will rise again. Anderson confirmed as much, saying, "Yes, I can definitively say that you will see Lestat in Season Two." Toward the end of the Season One finale, we cut to a shot of the landfill where Lestat’s coffin has been deposited; there, we see Lestat’s pale arm reach out of the coffin to snatch a rat for dinner, revealing him to be very much alive. Speaking about his character’s future in Season Two, Sam Reid told Collider, “Lestat goes to the naughty corner. I don’t know if that’s better for him, but he probably deserves it. It’s a hard lesson to learn when your husband kills you because you’ve been that terrible. That’s a pretty hectic lesson. But there is more pain to come.” Readers of the books know that Lestat will chase Louis and Claudia around the world, intent on winning Louis back and punishing Claudia for her betrayal.

But the season finale’s biggest reveal isn’t the double-crossing of Lestat—it’s the outing of Louis’ assistant Rashid as Armand, a famous and ancient vampire from Rice’s novels. Louis introduces Armand as “the love of my life,” leaving even book devotees to say, “Wait, what?” Though Louis and Armand have a close relationship in the text, it’s nothing like what the show depicts, leaving fans scratching their heads. Jones promised Variety, “That story is owed, and it’s one we will tell.” No doubt trouble lies ahead—Louis has traded one powerful partner for another, and if there’s one thing we know about Lestat, it’s that he won’t give Louis up quietly.

Assad Zaman, who plays Armand, told Decider, “Armand and Lestat have a complicated relationship. We know that Armand is a complicated character himself and there’s a lot of parallels between Lestat and Armand that feel that they’re almost two sides of the same coin. Their mutual love for Louis is one of those things [connecting them], but I think there’s a lot of envy there.”

Zaman teased the arrival of the Théâtre des Vampires in Season Two, saying that he can’t wait to get to this “epic” part of the story. Readers of Rice’s Vampire Chronicles know that this is a pivotal location for Lestat—located in Paris, it’s the formative place where he worked as a young mortal, met his vampire maker, wooed his first lover, and encountered Armand. In Interview With the Vampire, Louis and Claudia stumble across the theater in their travels, leading to the formation of a bond between Louis and Armand, the death of Claudia, and the ultimate burning of the theater. Zaman teasing the theater is a delicious hint at all the brutality and drama yet to come.

What About the Anne Rice Multiverse?

Back in 2020, when AMC acquired the rights to Interview With the Vampire, the streamer also acquired the rights to The Vampire Chronicles (the broader series that commences with Interview) and The Lives of the Mayfair Witches. Between the two series, that's eighteen books to play around with—and on January 8, the Anne Rice Multiverse will expand when Mayfair Witches premieres on AMC. The late author hinted at connective tissue between the series when she said, "It's always been my dream to see the worlds of my two biggest series united under a single roof so that filmmakers could explore the expansive and interconnected universe of my vampires and witches. That dream is now a reality, and the result is one of the most significant and thrilling deals of my long career."

What could this mean for the future of Interview With the Vampire? Executive producer Mark Johnson didn't rule out shared connections, even if they might be small. "Some are fun, some are deliberate, and some are almost Easter eggs," Johnson explained. "But Mayfair Witches is very much its own project and its own series. Obviously, it's connected to Anne Rice's thematic and stylistic concentration, so it's very much a part of what she does. But I would say that there's very little deliberately from Interview in Mayfair Witches." Anderson, when asked if Louis would appear in Mayfair Witches, replied cryptically, "I don't know what I can and can't say about that show." But the ties are already forming—remember in Episode One of Interview With the Vampire, when Louis' brother Paul jokes that there are "plenty of brooms down the street at the Mayfair sisters' home"? The stage is set for the arrival of the Mayfair witches—all that's left to wonder is, "On which show will the crossover take place?"

When Will Interview With the Vampire Season Two Air?

Your guess is as good as ours. Eight episodes lie ahead, but so far, mum’s the word on when we can expect them. Watch this space for updates as we continue to learn more.

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