This post contains spoilers for The Midnight Club. If you’re not caught up yet, check out our spoiler-free review of Season 1.
Mike Flanagan adapting Christopher Pike is a dream come true for many horror fans who grew up in the ’90s and ’80s. Pike’s story provides the basis for Flanagan’s latest Netflix series – The Midnight Club – after a group of terminally ill children who create ghosts (tell stories) as a way to communicate and share their deepest fears and secrets.
Unlike Flanagan’s other shows on Netflix, The Midnight Club is not intended to be a limited series. The end of the main cliffhanger makes this fact very clear! Fortunately, IGN’s Tom Jorgensen sat down with the horror maestro himself to help make sense of what we saw at the end of The Midnight Club and reveal some tidbits about what he hopes to share in Season 2.
Explanation of the end of the midnight club
In the conclusion of The Midnight Club, we see Ilonka (Iman Benson) and Kevin (Igby Rigney) finish their novel. These stories occupy a lot of the final episode, with very little in the final chapter at present. what we were an act Watch after the two kids finish their story and share their long-awaited first kiss, a scene in which Doctor Stanton (Heather Langenkamp) appears with the revelation that she is not only a survivor, but a former Paragon member.
A glimpse of the hourglass tattoo on the back of the good doctor’s neck didn’t come as much of a surprise, but the decision to end the series for now was a huge change. As for what all this means? Well, Flanagan stays tight for now.
“This connection will be revealed in season two (if there is one) very openly, so I don’t want to spoil anything there,” Flanagan explains. “It has to do with that [the Paragon] It’s very personal and it wouldn’t be too difficult, I think, looking back at the season.”
Sure, the Midnight Club crew anticipating Season 2 explains why Season 1 ended abruptly with so many questions left unanswered, but Flanagan isn’t a tough guy! The writer/director gave us a few hints about Stanton and promised not to leave fans hanging.
“Stanton’s connection to Paragon and to this world was important and we felt it was a really nice reflection on getting out,” Flanagan says. “The way this connection and what it really means about her character is something that I think will still be surprising. We’re still hiding some cards at the end in there. But yeah, I think it was supposed to be a fun cliff hanger. We’ll get to it very early in season two if there’s one. one. And if not, I’ll put it on Twitter.”
While there aren’t any hard details about how Stanton connected to Paragon, all signs currently point to her being Athena, the daughter of Regina Ballard.
But why spend so much of the epilogue focusing on ghost stories for children rather than advancing the narrative of the series as a whole? We didn’t get a chance to ask questions directly, but Flanagan talked about why the stories are such an integral part of The Midnight Club (as well as the source material, of course).
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