Fresh off the news that Our Flag Means Death will be renewed for a second season (huzzah!), Blackbeard himself (a.k.a. Ed, a.k.a. Taika Waititi) has let it be known that he hopes production will begin in New Zealand this fall.
In an interview with Collider, Waititi shared the following:
“We start filming hopefully I think by October, and we’re going to shoot in New Zealand. We shot the last one in LA. Weird place to try and do something all on the ocean, so we’re going to go down to New Zealand, which is surrounded by it. That’s one of the things I’m most excited about for the next year.”
Waititi isn’t the only one excited about the promise of a second season of Our Flag Means Death. Many on Tor.com are huge, huge fans of the show (go watch it if you haven’t seen it yet!). If you’re looking for more on why the show is so great, check out Alex Brown’s essay about the show’s emphasis on queer joy. Samara Breger’s on how OFMD highlights how important queer fantasy is, or Maya Gittleman’s piece on how cathartic the show was for queer fans. Our own Leah Schnelbach also wrote two essays about the pirate series—one on the show’s religious imagery and one on its needledropping music cues.
We still don’t have an official date on when we will be blessed with season two of the show. If they do start shooting in October as Waititi mentioned, however, it looks like it would likely have a 2023 release date.
If you need something to watch in the meantime, there’s always season one, of course. And if you want to see Waititi and Oscar Isaac talking about gay pirates (and who wouldn’t, honestly), check out this clip or the last three minutes of this video from the HBO Max panel at the Variety Virtual TV Fest.