HBO Max is more popular than ever, and one of the reasons for that is Aaron Guzikowski and Ridley Scott’s enchanting new sci-fi series, Raised by Wolves. The series has managed to grow its audience by nearly 50 percent week over week since its debut on September 3, and as a result of that success, executives have gone ahead and ordered a second season.
This is great news for those of you who have been following Raised by Wolves but were worried that season one’s remaining episodes (“Mass,” “The Beginning,” and “Umbilical”) wouldn’t be enough to unlock the show’s mysteries, of which there are many. While we’re getting the impression that its writers may be taking a page out of Lost (i.e., leaving a ton of things unanswered), Raised by Wolves deserves high points nonetheless for its brilliant cinematography, world building, and haunting soundtrack.
The sci-fi series centers around two androids who are sent to a mysterious planet called Kepler 22-b to restart human life with frozen embryos after Earth is ravaged by a war between religious and Atheist factions. After remnants of the former arrive and attempt to kidnap one of the children, conflict begins anew.
“When I think of Raised by Wolves, I think of artistry; artistry in crafting a compelling storyline, artistry in the out-of-this-world production design, special effects and cinematography, artistry in our actor’s portrayals of these memorable characters, and artistry attached to the legendary work of Ridley Scott, Aaron Guzikowski and our phenomenal crew,” said head of HBO Max Sarah Aubrey. “This chart-topping series beautifully weaves together Ridley’s hallmarks of sci-fi and horror while offering fans one of the most original storylines they’ve seen in some time. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for season two.”
“Being a dyed-in-the-wool advertising man, I was knocked out by the extraordinary campaign done by HBO Max marketing, which conveyed the ambitious storyline in such a provocative and tactile manner, and deftly positioned our first season of Raised by Wolves as a ‘must watch’ show,” said Ridley Scott. “It must have been a notable challenge to selectively plumb the riches In Aaron’s storylines. We were even happier that audiences have responded so enthusiastically. We are already deep into the ‘layers’ of season 2, as Aaron has begun to shape what we think will be another brilliant season to inspire the imagination.”
If you’re not an HBO Max subscriber, you can check out the first episode (which Ridley Scott directed) for free below. One million views can’t be wrong, right?