Most of us now know how to watch a whole TV show in one sitting. But when it comes to a raw and gripping drama like the new Netflix limited series “Maid,” it’s almost better to watch each episode on its own. The beautiful 10-part series is based on Stephanie Land’s memoir “Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive,” which was a New York Times best-seller. Margaret Qualley of “The Leftovers” gives a memorable and heartbreaking performance as Alex, a single mother who leaves her partner Sean because he is emotionally abusive (Nick Robinson). Alex has to get a job cleaning houses, which pays so little that she also has to get help from the government in order to stay alive and take care of her daughter, Maddy (Rylea Nevaeh Whittet). As she tries to get back on her feet after multiple setbacks and keep from becoming homeless, the show becomes a very emotional story about a mother’s love and strength.
Critics have said great things about “Maid” since it came out on Netflix. On Rotten Tomatoes, critics give the show a 96% approval rating and viewers give it an 84% approval rating. “Maid” was meant to be a short-run series, but that hasn’t stopped us from wanting to see more of Alex and her daughter. So, just in case Netflix decides to bring “Maid” back for a second season, here’s what we know about the cast, plot, and possible release date.
What is the release date of Maid Season 2?
Since “Maid” is a limited series, the first season tells the whole story. But by now we all know that the words “limited series” don’t mean much in Hollywood anymore. In the wake of “Big Little Lies” and “The White Lotus” on HBO, it’s always possible for a show to come back for a second season if the powers that be want it to (that is, if it’s popular enough). So, “Maid” could come back at some point in the future, but Netflix hasn’t shown any signs that it will.
The first episode of “Maid” came out on Netflix on October 1. Since the streaming service usually waits at least a month or two before renewing its shows, even the most popular ones, it could be a while before we hear if the show will be back for more seasons. Again, “Maid” was meant to be a one-and-done, so even if Netflix ordered a second season (which has happened before), we probably wouldn’t see it for at least a year. Don’t forget that we have to take into account the time it takes to write the scripts and then shoot the episodes. So, at best, new episodes might come out late in 2022 or early in 2023.
Who is in the cast of Maid Season 2?
Netflix hasn’t shown yet that it will bring “Maid” back for a second season. But if the streaming giant did decide to bring back the popular limited series, there are two ways that the new season could be cast. First, “Maid” could follow in the footsteps of “Big Little Lies” and keep the same cast for Season 2. This would mean that Margaret Qualley as Alex, Nick Robinson as Maddy’s father Sean, Rylea Nevaeh Whittet as Maddy, and Andie MacDowell as Alex’s mother Paula would all be back for new episodes. Since most of the new season would probably take place in Missoula, Montana, where Alex and Maddy end up in Season 1, some new characters would show up to add to the story.
The second way to cast the show would be to make it more of an anthology series, like HBO did with “The White Lotus,” another limited series that became a regular show after the first season did well. If Season 2 of “Maid” went this way, the story could be about a new main character and the world could be filled with other new people. During “Maid,” we met a lot of women who, like Alex, were trying to start over and get out of their own hard lives. It would be pretty easy for the show to follow one of them and bring in a new cast of characters.
What is the plot of Maid Season 2?
Netflix doesn’t usually keep limited series going longer than they should (if they did, “The Queen’s Gambit” would have a second season by now), but that doesn’t mean there isn’t enough content for another season of “Maid.” At the end of Season 1, Sean (Nick Robinson) agrees to stop fighting with Alex (Margaret Qualley) over shared custody of Maddy (Rylea Nevaeh Whittet) so he can focus on getting sober. Alex can finally leave Washington and go to college in Missoula, Montana, which is what she has always wanted to do. Paula, Alex’s mom, played by Andie MacDowell, said she would go with her daughter and granddaughter to their new home, but she decides to stay behind with her new boyfriend instead. So, when one generation breaks a bad cycle that kept them stuck in bad habits, the next generation holds on to it.
If “Maid” came back for a second season and kept the same cast, we could see Alex and Maddy in their new life as the young mom juggles being a parent and paying for college. Also, in the last episode of Season 1, Sean tells Alex that he will come back once he has his life together and is clean, so it’s not impossible that he could show up.
Season 1 does feel like it’s coming to an end, but that’s mostly because Alex’s story in “Maid” has reached the end of one chapter and a new one is beginning. That is to say, there is a lot more story to be told, which can be done in future seasons.