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Suffice it to say: the past few weeks have been tough. Live in upside-down roughness. Watch the news with one eye closed. Typically, this column is devoted to these topics. But earlier this week, on Wednesday, the dark clouds cleared and a piece of good news emerged: HBO Max renew Our flag means death For the second season, I chose to stay close.
You might be wondering if that’s because Taika Waititi, who played Blackbeard on the show, is currently graced the cover of Wired magazine. That’s part of it, yes. (The Waititi vibe definitely screams “one of us.”) But more than that. It’s also about a fan-favorite show finally winning. The first season ended on suspense, but there has been no news of a second season for months.Fans start panic, pushing hashtags like this #RenewOurFlagMeansDeath and even Send HBO postcards Ask for a second season. In a bleak week, the internet’s successful campaign for a beloved show feels like a victory.
Our flag means deathThe renewal of the contract also came at the right time.Wednesday happens to be June 1st, the first day of Pride month this year, because it’s one of the smartest queer shows on TV — seriously, the way it is flipped the script on queer bait Still a revelation – the update feels like a gift for LGBTQ+ fans. Cast and crew confirmed it: Waititi tweet The second season features the rainbow flag and pirate flag, as well as Con O’Neill as Izzy Hands, tweet Screenshots of “Proud of you beautiful people x” and “#RenewOurFlagMeansDeath” were trending on Twitter in the Pride month thread. It’s as if HBO grabbed the news just to drop it on this particular day.
In the midst of every horrific thing going on on Earth, it seems odd to celebrate the show’s update — especially considering the second season hasn’t even been written yet, and there’s no release date.But there’s something about celebrating this Show that it feels worthwhile. Our flag means deathThis somewhat reality-based show is about a pirate named Blackbeard who falls in love with Stead (Rhys Darby) the “gentle pirate”. In the process, both have changed. At a time when it feels like the world is going backwards and things are never going to work out, watching love bloom amid lawlessness is an undeniable joy.