The dramatic ending of season 1 makes The Time Traveler’s Wife season 2 seem inevitable – so when will it happen, and what will its plot be?
After the success of the first season, The Time Traveler’s Wife season 2 now seems inevitable, although the show is yet to be renewed. Based on the best-selling debut novel by Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife is as much a story of fate as it is about love. The Time Traveler’s Wife theory of time travel essentially precludes free will. There’s a sense in which neither Henry nor Clare ever chose one another, but instead simply accept the idea they were meant to be.
HBO’s The Time Traveler’s Wife, written and directed by former Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat, has divided critics and audiences – as can be seen on the review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, where the show currently has a critic score of 39 percent against an audience score of 83 percent. The critics have been unable to look beyond the TV series’ problematic core concept, while viewers are simply enjoying the ride. All in all, in spite of the critical response, it’s seemed to be a success for HBO.
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The Time Traveler’s Wife was originally considered only a limited series. That no longer seems to be the case, though, with trailers advertising episode 6 as the end of the season, rather than series – and a lot of setup for the future. The Time Traveler’s Wife season 2 is bound to happen now. Here’s everything that’s known about it.
The Time Traveler’s Wife Season 2 Renewal Status
The Time Traveler’s Wife season 1 is remarkably faithful to the book, but it only ends about halfway through the story, on Henry and Clare’s wedding day. Much of episode 6 serves as setup, pointing to their future together, including their desperate attempts to have a child. HBO is yet to officially renew The Time Traveler’s Wife for season 2, but it’s surely only a matter of time before there’s an announcement.
What Could The Time Traveler’s Wife Season 2 Story Be About?
The Time Traveler’s Wife episode 6 saw Henry travel to the future, where he learned their relationship will not be an easy one. Time travel is a dominant gene, meaning Henry passes on the condition – and, sadly, any fetus in Clare’s womb tends to jump straight out of it. Fortunately the cast of The Time Traveler’s Wife will surely expand, because Henry’s future self is seen on the phone with a man named “David.” This is presumably Dr. David Kendrick, a scientist in the book who studies Henry’s condition and helps them. Meanwhile, the season 1 finale also included a brief scene with a girl surrounded by light – Henry and Clare’s daughter, Alba. The Time Traveler’s Wife season 2 should end on a note of hope, even if Henry is right to believe he won’t live for long.
How Will The Time Traveler’s Wife Season 2 Change The Book?
The first season moved at a slow pace, with key supporting characters only introduced in episode 4, but The Time Traveler’s Wife season 2 will be able to hit the ground running. Sadly, tragedy will continue to stalk the DeTamble and Abshire families, and one may be a major departure from the book. Dialogue in episode 6 foreshadowed the death of Henry’s father, just as episode 4 set up Ingrid’s death. This is a major departure from the book, where Richard DeTamble outlives his son and goes on to find happiness as he teaches his granddaughter, a musical prodigy.
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When Will The Time Traveler’s Wife Season 2 Likely Release?
Production of season 1 began in May 2021 and wrapped in October that year. Assuming The Time Traveler’s Wife season 2 runs at the same rate, it will take about six months to make the show – meaning it won’t air until next year. HBO will no doubt assess the performance of The Time Traveler’s Wife season 1, choosing whether to keep a similar May-June slot or move it to one in which they believe it will perform even more effectively. If season 2 is greenlit soon, however, it’s likely to hit HBO in early summer 2023.
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