Earlier this month, Disney released the finale of the new Disney+ Original series, “Willow”, which is a sequel to the classic 1980s film, which is about an aspiring sorcerer, played by Warwick Davis, who is whisked away on a journey to protect an infant empress Elora Danan and vanquish the evil Queen Bavmorda from their world of Andowyne. Now, the story continues with Davis reprising his titular role as he leads an unlikely crew of heroes – which includes a now-grown Elora, who has just learned of her prodigious birthright – on a quest to protect Andowyne from an even larger foe than they had imagined possible.
In the season finale, the show ends with a cliffhanger and a mid-credit scene, indicating that this is merely the first of three volumes in the story of “Willow”. However, Disney hasn’t officially confirmed if “Willow” will be returning for more seasons.
During an interview with the Radio Times, showrunner Jonathan Kasdan was asked about a potential second season:
“It’s a strange and unpredictable time here in Hollywood. You see it all over the industry – there are shows that were well on their way to moving forward that haven’t, shows that never expected to be in a second season that are – so you never know where you’re going to be and you never know where the world is going to end up in a year or whatever. But I will tell you that these things take so long to get going and then to make that the attitude and the support from Lucasfilm has been: ‘We definitely want to keep telling these stories, but we don’t know what the future holds.'”
He also spoke about the idea of the show being split into three volumes, which was hinted in the mid-credit scene:
“Probably the most influential thing in that regard is the original Star Wars trilogy which is such a satisfying and cathartic arc of three stories. You get to set up your characters in the first one and have things go horribly wrong in the second one, and then resolve it in the third one, and as a fan of these kinds of shows and stories, my expectation is that the creators of it. The storytellers have a clear sense of where it’s going to end, and not that they’re in it for the money and are going to keep going for as long as they can, but that they know that there’s a beginning and a middle and an end to their story, and they’re laying seeds of it from the very first scene.”
Disney will no doubt be taking a closer look at the viewership numbers to determine if there is enough interest in the show and judging by early data that third-party companies like Nielsen have released, has shown not enough people have been watching the show in the United States, as “Willow” has never been listed. Disney also hasn’t revealed any stats on the show, which it usually only does when a film or show has been a big success.
“Willow” also stars Ellie Bamber, Ruby Cruz, Erin Kellyman, Tony Revolori, Amar Chadha-Patel, Dempsey Bryk, and Joanne Whalley. Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Jonathan Kasdan, Tommy Harper, Wendy Mericle, Roopesh Parekh, Ron Howard, and Samie Kim Falvey serve as executive producers. The writers are John Bickerstaff, Hannah Friedman, and Jonathan Kasdan. The producers are Stephen Woolfenden, Julia Cooperman, Hameed Shaukat, and Max Taylor.
The original film, plus the entire first season of “Willow”, are available to stream now on Disney+.
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Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.