One of the most successful shows on AMC, Interview with the Vampire is returning to the small screen for another season. As we wait for its release, here’s what we know so far about Interview with the Vampire Season 2. Spoilers ahead for season 1.
Interview with the Vampire Returns
AMC’s Interview with the Vampire was renewed for a second season. The show is based on Anne Rice’s 1976 gothic vampire novel of the same name. Also known as Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire, it’s the first television adaptation of the book following its 1994 big-screen iteration starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, and Kirsten Dunst. The show, created by Rolin Jones also marks the first in Rice’s Immortal Universe.
The first season was critically acclaimed and received nominations for several awards. Interview with the Vampire was also named “Best Reviewed Horror Series of 2022” by audience aggregate Rotten Tomatoes and one of the best-reviewed shows of the year. AMC must have known the show would be successful as it already renewed Interview with the Vampire for a second season before the first season’s premiere.
Interview with the Vampire focuses on the vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac, who recounts his life, death, and transformation into the undead to the journalist Daniel Molloy. Louis describes Lestat de Lioncourt as his “murderer, lover, mentor, and maker.” Their relationship grows more complicated when Lestat brings in the young Claudia, his latest fledgling.
Interview with the Vampire Season 2 will have eight episodes, following season one’s seven-episode count.
What Happened in Season 1
The first season of Interview with the Vampire delved into the first half of the book. It explored Louis’ life as a prominent black man in New Orleans in 1910. Louis is later seduced by the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt and their relationship is explored throughout the first season’s seven episodes. Lestat turns Louis into a vampire and shows him how to navigate his new “life.”
Claudia soon comes into the picture, which also leads to tension between Lestat and Louis. As Louis recalls the story to Daniel Molloy, he soon realizes that all he shared might not be what actually happened. The finale made it seem like Lestat and Louis’ relationship was over, but don’t count on it just yet.
Interview with the Vampire Season 2 Cast
Naturally, the show’s two stars will return for Interview with the Vampire Season 2. This includes Jacob Anderson as Louis de Pointe du Lac and Sam Reid as Lestat de Lioncourt. Eric Bogosian also returns as the journalist Daniel Molloy, and Assad Zaman as Rashid/Armand.
Bailey Bass, who played Claudia in the first season, will not return, so the role was recast with Daleiney Hayles. Deadline confirmed the news of Claudia’s recasting. Also joining Season 2 is Ben Daniels as Santiago, the leading actor in the Theatre des Vampires and Louis’s arch-enemy.
Jones serves as the series creator and executive producer for Interview with the Vampire. He is known for his work in Boardwalk Empire, Perry Mason, Weeds, and Friday Night Lights among others. Craig Zisk is one of the show’s directors for the upcoming season. Zisk is known for directing episodes of Weeds, Manifest, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Wu-Tang: An American Saga, and The Looming Tower, among others.
Mark Johnson is also the show’s executive producer, known for his involvement in Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, and Mayfair Witches. Alan Taylor, known for his involvement in Game of Thrones and Mad Men, is also an executive producer. Anne Rice has a posthumous producer credit, and her son Christopher Rice is also an executive producer. The show is also produced by Jessica Heid and Adam O’Byrne, with music from Daniel Hart.
What to Expect for Season 2
Interview with the Vampire Season 2 is expected to cover the second half of the book. Season 2 is also expected to answer the questions left by the first season. A trailer for the second season was shown by AMC during the San Diego Comic-Con 2023. The teaser showed the continuation of Louis’ interview as well as his introduction to the Theatre des Vampires, and Claudia’s future.
“We’re going to Europe and Part 2 of the novel is Episode 1 of Season 2. So, we’re going there and we’re going to experience that. Then we’re going to Paris. We’re going to see what coven life is all about, and we have some more time than the movie or even the book. We’re continuing to make the interview part of this and just as important as the flashback in that there are some very active things that are going to be happening in Dubai,” Jones revealed in an interview about the upcoming season.
“I’m excited to see Lestat learn some hard lessons, but he’s an incredibly resilient, enduring character who’s had to put his own desires first for a number of reasons,” Reid told Entertainment Weekly. “And what you are left with when you’re left to deal with yourself when you’re killed by the person you love the most? Obviously, a vampire dying is exceptionally difficult, but when you live an immortal life, you go through certain stages so I am most interested in learning and discovering about Lestat’s process of accepting that. And I’m not sure if he accepts it entirely. I’m not sure if he feels great about it.”
Reid also hinted that the second season would take parts of Rice’s book in a new direction.
Interview with the Vampire Season 2 Release Date
Interview with the Vampire Season 2 is expected to premiere in 2024. However, there were interruptions in the show’s production due to the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Production for Interview with the Vampire Season 2 began in April 2023 and was scheduled to go to August 2023.
Filming was supposed to take place in locations in Prague, including the Barrandov Studios. The show was also expected to film in Paris and New Orleans. Due to the strikes, filming was postponed until August 2023. AMC reached an interim deal with SAG-AFTRA to allow Interview with the Vampire to resume filming for Season 2.
The details surrounding the deal are scarce but it reportedly does not involve the WGA. So the show’s writers will still be on strike.
In the meantime, fans can rewatch the entire first season on AMC+. AMC+ subscribers will also likely get to watch the Season 2 premiere three days ahead of its television premiere.