After that finale, all I can think about is when are we getting the next season of Willow?!
There are movies that gain a massive following and then there are cult classics. Willow is the latter. In 1988 when George Lucas ventured forth into the fantasy genre and created Willow the film was met with lukewarm appreciation. It managed, however, to gain a cult following of those who deeply treasured the adventures of Willow, Madmartigan, and Sorsha as they tried to save the world from an evil sorceress Queen Bavmorda.
Fast forward to the end of 2022 and the Willow Disney+ series made its two-episode debut. As soon as I watched the first two episodes, I knew the series was going to be something worth watching but with each passing week, my enthusiasm for the story grew.
I loved the YA-novel approach to the series with its deep dive into relationships. Romantic or platonic, and how those relationships became the core of the story. I was a fan of the cast’s diversity. And I appreciated the authentic, unabashed queer representation. And I loved how it made me feel like I was watching a comforting sitcom like Stargate-SG-1.
By the time of the riveting finale, I was as invested as I possibly could be. Through my gasps of shock and chuckles of delight, I found myself saddened by the notion that these characters’ stories which I had come to love were reaching season’s end. And then, with a fascinating post-credit scene, it was revealed that we would not only be getting a second season but that this series would comprise three seasons. Or volumes as was revealed. It shows that showrunner Jonathan Kasdan has a concise storyline and I can’t wait to see where this story goes moving forward.
Yes, we have House of the Dragon and The Rings of Power which are the two series that are getting the most buzz and critical acclaim, deservedly. But after that finale, all I can think about is when are we getting the next season of Willow?!
Willow is now streaming in its entirety exclusively on Disney Plus.
Annlyel James is a Senior Correspondent of The Future of the Force. She is passionate about Star Wars and Marvel but loves a wide variety of movie genres. Aside from her role with Future of the Force she also writes for her blog: annlyelonline. Follow her on Twitter where she channels the Force frequently!