Netflix often – and deservedly so – comes under fire for the eternity it takes for new seasons of original shows to arrive, but the streaming service isn’t wasting any time striking while the iron is at its hottest with The Diplomat.
The episodic tale of political maneuvering and international espionage only debuted on April 20, where it instantly became the number one most-watched series on the entire platform. Encouraged by the response, the company took less than two weeks to officially renew it for another round of adventures, with What’s on Netflix reporting that production is already underway.
To put things into perspective, that’s seven weeks to the day since the announcement was first made, which is enough to give Netflix whiplash considering that subscribers have often been made to wait years for their favorites to make a return. Keri Russell’s Kate Wyler was left in a sticky situation the last time we saw her, so it’s probably for the best that the wheels are turning so quickly.
After all, The Diplomat did utilize one of Netflix’s least favorite tricks by ending its opening season on a major cliffhanger, leaving viewers on tenterhooks as to whether or not it would even be given a stay of execution. It has, of course, but even then the turnaround is borderline ridiculous when you consider the streamer’s penchant for taking its sweet time.
In fact, The Diplomat has premiered, been renewed, and started shooting its second season in the three months Shadow and Bone was last heard from, which is indicative of an entirely different problem.