Netflix has issued the green light for Trollhunters season 2, which will feature posthumous voice work from Anton Yelchin.
First reported by Entertainment Weekly, series creator Guillermo del Toro revealed that James ‘Jim’ Lake Jr and Co. will return for another fantastical adventure told over the course of 13 episodes. The illustrious writer and director stopped short of divulging exactly when season 2 will premiere, but considering that the show’s creators have been toiling away on new episodes “for a while now,” Trollhunters could return to Netflix sooner rather than later. Christmas 2017, perhaps? It’s too soon to tell, but here del Toro addresses the more important matter at hand: continuing to uphold the legacy of the late Anton Yelchin, who so tragically passed away before Trollhunters debuted late last year.
“Well, we got very good news about how many people were watching the series, but we got confirmation that the next  episodes are a go. We’ve been working on a second season for a while now because we knew that if everything went right, we could proceed. We’re going to go ahead and now continue, rather than start, because we’ve been doing it for more than a year. The reality and the beauty of this is that we can continue not only the storyline and the characters, but we have a huge swath of work from Anton that allows us to continue Anton through more than half the season.”
When Trollhunters was first pitched to Netflix, del Toro and Co. tentatively mapped out an arc that stretched for 52 episodes in total, which was eventually broken into four lots (read: seasons) of 13 installments.
“There was a break in the arc in the right episode that allows us to preserve all the work that Anton did that was phenomenal. … We’re not only going to second season, but we’re going to be able to preserve a really large part of it with Anton’s voice.”
Inevitably, Trollhunters will have to replace Yelchin at some point in the future, though Guillermo del Toro is fully prepared for when that time comes, stating that there’s “an event in the last episode Anton did which allows us to sort of change his voice slightly, so the character stays — but we didn’t plan this.”
Stay tuned for more on Netflix’s fantastical original series as time wears on.