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Netflix's Monster Season 2 - What We Know So Far

"Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story," the Netflix biographical drama so terrified of viewers misunderstanding the concept that it shoved a serial killer's name into the title TWICE, is getting a second season. As shared by Variety, Netflix simultaneously renewed "Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story" for a second and third season. Moving forward, the series will exist under the newer, more concise name of "Monster," as the production is set to become an anthology. The streaming juggernaut promised that "other monstrous figures who have impacted society" will be the focus of each of the upcoming seasons. 

This will, at least, be a relief to the very real families of Dahmer's very real victims, who were vocally outspoken in their detestation of Netflix's decision to spin their trauma for financial gain (via The Guardian), as it means that "Monster" is done highlighting the crimes of Dahmer. 

With that in mind, there is no concrete information currently available as to what future seasons of "Monster" will drag into the light. There's no information currently available about future casting decisions, either. That aside, here's everything we know so far about "Monster" Season 2. 

When will Monster Season 2 be released?

There is no official release date for "Monster" Season 2 as of now. Unfortunately, it's simply too early in the process for much in the way of discernible progress markers. Now, assuming that Netflix streamlines the process, "Monster" Season 2 could drop as early as next year, maybe even snagging a September release, just like Season 1. 

This is speculation, of course, but it's likely that Netflix will do that very thing — "Monster" was, while controversial, inarguably a success. According to Variety, "Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story" was the tenth most streamed program in a single week EVER recorded by the Nielsen Rating company. 

What's more, as "Monster" relies on content recognition as opposed to CGI or special effects to lure in audiences, it's easier for Netflix to create than something like "Stranger Things," which is equally, if not more, popular, but also more dependent on special effects.

Who is producing Monster Season 2?

"Monster" is the brain child of Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, both of whom will continue to executive produce the series. Murphy's attachment explains why "Monster" has made the switch to an anthology series, as he also created and produced the ongoing anthology horror series "American Horror Story." It, uh, also explains the controversial heft to the production, as Murphy tends to ruffle the feathers of anyone within a 10,000 mile radius. He notably complained about how no one related to the victims of Jeffrey Dahmer returned his phone calls during the research phase for "Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story" (via Vanity Fair). Needless to say, that wasn't the best look for the celebrity creator.

In addition, and provided without comment, Murphy also created "Glee," the musical series that launched the celebrity career of Lea Michelle. Not commenting here is a bit of a struggle, but those hyperlinks do all the talking that is required. Murphy's legacy is complicated, and it's likely that future seasons of "Monster," which requires a nuanced approach due to its subject matter, will do anything to change that.

Where to watch Monster Season 1

As previously mentioned, "Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story" is a Netflix original production. The studio owns the excusive streaming rights, so don't expect the project to ever migrate to Amazon Prime Video or HBO Max or cable TV. Why would Netflix share the rights to a cash cow? Again, as controversial as Ryan Murphy's creation is, serial killers sell ... especially serial killers played by a notably shredded Evan Peters. Remember how we mentioned that the series was the tenth most streamed program within a week ever recorded? In terms of watch time, that translates to 3.7 billion minutes of streamed content. That is a LOT of zeroes. 

With that kind of benchmark reached by the first season alone, it's likely Netflix will continue to renew "Monster" for multiple seasons, procuring years of serial killer content to corner the market for the morbidly curious. 

What will Monster Season 2 be rated?

In America, the first season of "Monster" is rated TV-MA for substances, language, nudity, gore, sexual violence, smoking, and violence. Without getting too cavalier, it's a series about Jeffrey Dahmer, what did anyone really expect? For the sake of gentleness, we won't go into detail about what each of those ratings tags entail, just know they are each gratuitous and graphic in nature. Upcoming story arcs will almost certainly feature the same level of mature content, considering that they will deal with monstrous figures of history.

Ryan Murphy passionately defended "Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story" in the exact state that it was released. As shared by The Hollywood Reporter, Murphy insisted that his narrative deserved to exist and that he believed he was shining an important light upon what dangerous men with certain privileges can get away with. "What are the rules now?" demanded Murphy. "Should we never do a movie about a tyrant?"