The Serpent co-produced by BBC One and Netflix is a crime drama series that follows the crimes of real-life serial killer Charles Sobhraj. The series is the result of extensive research by its writers, Richard Warlow and Toby Finlay, and follows the alleged psychopath’s story as closely as possible.
Many of the details are also drawn from first-hand accounts and old photographs in order to stay close to reality. The novel, which contains a lot of information about the killer, was read by the actor who plays Sobhraj some twenty years ago. The book became a bestseller in the 80s.
It examines the series of murders committed by Sobhraj between 1974 and 1976, his subsequent stay(s) in prison, and the people whose efforts brought him to justice. The series has received favorable reviews and has achieved record ratings on BBC One since its release. The story of the young Dutch diplomat Herman Knippenberg, whose investigation was instrumental in bringing Sobhraj to justice, is also intertwined with that of the serial killer, making the show a dizzying and deadly pan-Asian game of cat and mouse.
Is there a season 2 of The Serpent?
At the time of writing, there are no plans for a season 2 of The Serpent, and the reason for that is pretty simple: Charles Sobhraj’s story is largely over by the end of the first season. Since this is a series based largely on real events, it is not possible to create another season from scratch. It would not be authentic to the story.
Is there a better alternative? We like to think so. Just think of all the true crime stories that have yet to be told. There are certainly enough that can be adapted, and we absolutely hope that producers will turn to some of them. With the right scripts and perfect casting, more great things can be done.
All we can say in the conclusion of this story is pretty simple: We hope you enjoyed The Serpent for what it was. It tells a story full of darkness and twists and turns, and it’s probably a story that many people have never heard before. So there is no release date for Season 2 of The Serpent on Netflix (“Charmed, The Blacklist“), as The producers of the show were Netflix and BBC One and they released the show as a limited series. This means that there are no plans to release another season and the last episode of the first season is the absolute final.