Creating a wave with strong queer representations in the first season, Gentleman Jack is back with season two as HBO has finally confirmed. Read on to know more.
The times are changing and taking a turn for the worse with a new normal. The world may have been hit with a deadly virus, but there is no stopping HBO’s ground-breaking British show Gentleman Jack from returning with a second season.
- A unique representation of women
- More power to season 2
- ‘Gentleman Jack’ Season One Makes Way For Season Two
Gentleman Jack could very well be a 19th-century ‘fleabag’ with its unapologetic representation of women, breaking the fourth-wall, and sassy dialogues supporting the already well-crafted show.
Here is everything we know about the much-anticipated second season.
A unique representation
If we had to choose a word to describe Gentleman Jack, it would be’ fearless’.
In a world of period-dramas, elaborate ballrooms, and the ladies and lords of the blue-blooded noble class (Downton Abbey, anyone?), Gentleman Jack is the real-life story of closet-lesbian Anne Lister, who lived in the 1800s.
Anne’s life, decoded now through the diaries that she maintained, revealed how she lived life on her own terms, although she was a woman in a man’s world. Her initial struggles included fighting to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home by reopening the coal mines, and marrying well. Gentleman Jack examines Anne’s relationship with her family, tenants, industrial rivals, and would-be wife.
The diaries that Anne Lister maintained is full of her experiences with different women and states that she married a woman in secret, Ann (Sophie Rundle), something that was unheard of at that time.
A businesswoman, a fearless leader and a queer icon, Anne Lister’s story is perhaps unheard of, and quite uncommon when it comes to mass appeal. But Sally Wright’s storytelling has made Gentleman Jack something that people can’t get enough of. So, when is the inevitable second season back?
More power to Gentleman Jack season 2
The Sally Wright and Surrane Jones starrer will return for an eight-part second season, HBO has confirmed.
Surrane Jones has taken up the role of Anner Lister, who in the 19th century became one of the first solo women industrialists and pushed against patriarchal limitations set by a society where women had no independent value or place.
The show will return in 2021 and so will the original cast. The pandemic is, of course, the holdup that is causing the show to be delayed till next year.
But coronavirus isn’t putting a halt on pre-production. Jones posted a picture of herself on her Instagram account with the caption that said she is already reading the script for season 2. (That is good news!)
Making way for season 2
Seeing as we, the audience, get to witness the life of Anne Lister inside her universe, the second season of Gentleman Jack will focus on the now secretly married-couple Anne and Ann (clearly it was meant to be).
Season 1 ended with Anne and Ann walking out of church together, a symbol of the impossible and illegal marriage that they bind themselves in.
The real-life Anne and Ann travelled extensively all over Britain, so, the next season could extend the location of well beyond the primary one seen in season one.
So, will the audacious and ground-breaking Lister continue to be fearless in season 2? We have a year to find out. What are you expecting from season 2 of Gentleman Jack? Let us know in the comment section below!