Creator VE Schwab Reacts to Show Not Returning

Netflix announced on Tuesday, August 2 that First Kill would not be returning for a second season.

The vampire teen drama, which starred Imani Lewis and Sarah Catherine Hook, was originally released on June 10 but was officially canceled less than two months later.

Based on author VE Schwab’s short story of the same name, First Kill followed vampire Juliette Fairmont (Hook) and monster hunter Calliope Burns (Lewis), both of whom are determined to have their first kill but quickly fall in love with each other instead.

Why Is ‘First Kill’ Being Canceled After One Season?

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L-R: Sarah Catherine Hook as Juliette Fairmont and Imani Lewis as Calliope Burns in “First Kill.” On August 2 Netflix announced the show had been canceled after one season.
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When it was released, First Kill peaked at the number 3 spot on Netflix globally, coming behind Stranger Things Season 4 and Peaky Blinders Season 6.

It remained in the Global Top 10 list for TV shows on Netflix for three weeks. In its first week it had been viewed for 30.3 million hours and had the number 7 spot, in its second week it had 48.8 million hours viewed and was at number 3, and then it dropped down to the number 9 spot in its third week with 18.5 million hours viewed.

According to a report from deadline, the show was not seen to have “the staying power of most Netflix hits” and sources claimed the show was unable to “meet thresholds” for both the viewing and completion of episodes on the streaming platform.

Newsweek has contacted Netflix representatives for further comment.

Creator VE Schwab Reacts to ‘First Kill’ Being Cancelled

Following the announcement that the show would not return for a second season, Schwab took to Instagram to share her sadness over the news.

Alongside a photo of herself on set, the critically-acclaimed author wrote: “The day I found out my first TV project was being picked up for an entire season, was one of the best days of my life. But that doesn’t mean this—the day it got canceled—is the worst.

“Because the lack of a second season doesn’t erase the first. It happened, I got to see a great group of writers spin the thread, got to see an amazingly talented group of actors bring my characters to life.

“I know first hand, that stories never expire, that they wait for new readers, new viewers, to find them, and I’m so glad that First Kill will be there, for those who go looking.”

Schwab added: “I’m proud of the cast and crew for bringing this to life with a wealth of talent and a mountain of heart, and grateful to the millions and millions of viewers who watched and championed and loved the show. Thank you. “

Schwab previously spoke to Newsweek about her hopes for a second season of the fantasy series, saying she wanted the show to be renewed because “there’s so much drama, there’s so much we need to resolve people.”

The A Darker Shade of Magic author said: “I think what’s so cool, [and] one of the reasons I want a second season so badly, is because when you write the first season you’re not writing with the actors in mind.

“We don’t have a cast when we’re writing the first season and going into a second season, all of a sudden, we have a cast and we can start to work on the stories with our actors in mind as we’re doing it, and I think that’s really cool.”

First Kill Season 1 is available to watch on Netflix.

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L to R: Imani Lewis as Calliope Burns, Sarah Catherine Hook as Juliette Fairmont in “First Kill.”

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