Disenchantment spoilers follow.
Even though Matt Groening’s first Netflix production Disenchantment wasn’t initially a hit with critics, part two of season one fared much better, which bodes well for parts three and four of the animated fantasy sitcom.
When the streaming giant first announced the show, it ordered 20 episodes and the first batch of 10 arrived in August 2018 as “Part one”.
“Part two” arrived almost exactly a year later with 10 more episodes and another cliffhanger.
But now that we’ve got to know Princess Bean and her magical friends, what lies in store for the trio?
Here’s everything you need to know about the next 10 episodes of season two – or parts three and four, if that’s what you prefer to call it. Yes, we’ve got a headache too.
Disenchantment season 2/part 3 release date: When can we expect it?
At first, fans assumed that season two would arrive quickly as all 20 episodes for parts one and two were commissioned at the same time. However, the wait turned out to be a bit longer than expected, and Disenchantment part two didn’t arrive until September 20, 2019.
Luckily for us, the show won’t stop there, with part three set to arrive this year.
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Series creator Matt Groening expressed his joy for the renewal in an official statement, promising plenty more medieval hijinks for fans of the show.
“We’re excited to continue this epic journey with Netflix,” he said. Stay tuned for more cranked-up suspense, infuriating plot twists, and beloved characters getting knocked off.”
Chatting to ComicBook.com in August, John DiMaggio, who voices King Zøg, assured fans that new episodes were on their way, despite the wait.
“It is coming back,” he said. “There’s a bunch of episodes, and we’re cooking along.”
He added: “We’re in production right now. So I’ve been to the studio to record, and I’ve also been at home and recorded stuff. We’ve done both. But yeah, we’re cooking along.
“And I don’t have a date for you, but believe me, on social media, everybody will be the first to hear when we find out, you know what I mean?”
Chatting to Esquire about how he devised the concept that eventually grew into Disenchantment, Groening said: “I started a notebook full of ideas for the show in 2012…or maybe a little earlier. Every time I thought of a different kind of fantasy trope, I’d write it down and see if there was a way of sticking it in the show.
“I have lists of every kind of small mythical forest creature: gnomes, fairies, imps, goblins, gremlins, trolls, plus a bunch that I can’t remember right now. It’s all there in the notebook.
“But it’s hard. If you want to tell jokes about elves and dragons and so on and so forth, pretty soon you realise, ‘Oh, every single dragon joke has already been made.'”
Disenchantment season 2/part 3 trailer: Where can I watch it?
We don’t have a full-length trailer yet, but as soon as it arrives we’ll pop it right here, just for you.
Disenchantment season 2/part 3 cast: Who’s coming back?
Although part two did end with another cliffhanger, the residents of Dreamland weren’t all turned to stone this time around, so most of the main cast are guaranteed to return.
That means Abbi Jacobson will be back as Bean.
Chatting to Showbiz Junkies about the star of the show, Groening said: “[Co-developer] Josh [Weinstein] and I sat down and we laid out the world. We worked on this for a very long time and it became quite clear that Bean was the centre of the show, and that Elfo and Lucy, her personal demon, basically completed her.
“She’s the most interesting character that we came up with for a long time because she had so many flaws and she’s still lovable.”
Weinstein added: “It’s also the idea…where women princesses would grow up in a patriarchal kingdom and never be allowed to rule. She’s clearly much more together and smarter than her younger half-brother, Derek, and she will never be able to rule. And, so, it’s a much more interesting conundrum for us.”
Then there’s Eric Andre as Luci, DiMaggio as Bean’s father King Zøg, Sharon Horgan as Bean’s mother Queen Dagmar, and Tress MacNeille as both Bean’s stepmother Queen Oona and her half-brother Prince Derek.
Billy West and Maurice LaMarche will also be back as Sorcerio and Odval, along with a number of minor roles they also voice.
Hopefully we haven’t heard the last of Matt Berry as the fan-favourite pig Prince Merkimer either.
Music for part three of Disenchantment will probably be provided once again by composer Mark Mothersbaugh, who’s most famous for his work on The Lego Movie, Thor: Ragnarok and 21 Jump Street.
Disenchantment season 2/part 3 spoilers: How does season 1 set it up?
Surprisingly enough, part two ended in a very similar fashion to part one. Once again, it seems that Bean’s mother wants to manipulate her for some nefarious purposes, but this time round, Luci and Elfo are there to stand by her side.
The end of part one promised answers to some of the show’s biggest mysteries, but now that part two has dropped, we still don’t know what Bean’s “destiny” really is, aside from the fact it’s part of a “dark battle of a hundred centuries”.
We also don’t know much more about Elfo’s origins either. Before his death in part one, Elfo discovered that he wasn’t actually an elf, but a half-elf. His father Pops the Elf was about to reveal the truth, only for Dreamland to attack Elfwood. 10 episodes later, his mother’s identity still hasn’t been uncovered.
New mysteries which part three will have to answer include what the evil secret society really want and who or what those strange mole men creatures are. Why do they look so similar to Elfo and why are they working for Queen Dagmar?
Unlike previous shows created by Groening like Futurama or The Simpsons, Disenchanted will continue to explore a linear narrative that unfolds across each season instead of these earlier hits which often reset their status quo at the end of each episode.
Disenchanted isn’t all that different from these shows, though. Don’t be surprised if part three ends up including more references to Futurama or The Simpsons like this one in the season one finale. After all, part two seemed to confirm that Disenchantment and Futurama are directly connected, so we’re pretty much guaranteed to see more Easter eggs pop up in future seasons.
Disenchantment is available to stream on Netflix.
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