Status for season 2
The show is NOT cancelled, but there is no official status yet on season 2
Barkskins is a historical drama series first aired on National Geographic on May 25, 2020. It’s been almost a year since its release and no official renewal announcement has been made by the network. But that doesn’t mean the fans should lose hope for Barkskins Season 2. Although National Geographic doesn’t air too many scripted drama series, Barkskins received an incredible response for its immersive story and amazing performance of its actors. Considering the glowing reviews, one would surely expect Barskins Season 2.
Season 1 averaged at 0.07 rating in the 18-47 demographic and attracted 704,000 viewers. It also secured a 7.3 rating on IMDB and a 93% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. Both these ratings from viewers place the show among that high-quality TV content that’s authentic and unforgettable despite having a narrow audience. It’s a hidden gem that deserves to be renewed.
It’s not just the fans wanting and waiting for Barkskins Season 2, the show’s creator Elwood Reid also hopes for the story to continue. In an interview with Collider, Reid says, “I’m working on a novel and a bunch of other TV projects, and Barkskins kept coming back to me with ideas for the next season. I have a file for season two with all of these ideas. It’s these characters, and it’s the actors and getting to work with this cast. The sign of a good show is when they’re bouncing around, and you’ve got more and more and more, and I certainly do for these characters.”
Elwood Reid is all geared up for season 2 and only awaits the network’s nod of approval. Given the many unanswered questions and a major cliffhanger that season 1 left us with, it’s only fair that National Geographic renews the show. Besides, season 1 covered only a small fraction of Annie Proulx’s novel of the same name. There is still a lot to explore and expand. The one factor delaying the news could be the pandemic. It's only a matter of time before Barkskins Season 2 finds its way back to National Geographic and on to our TV screens.
A captivating mixture of history and mystery, Barkskins follows two indentured servants. René Sel and Charles Duquet are transported to New France in the 1600s to work as wood-cutters (hence the title Barkskins). The show highlights the mysterious massacre of settlers in the vast and how the region goes into war. The fans are dying to know if their favorite characters survived the bloodshed in Wobik after it was attacked by Iroquois.