Percy Jackson Was Only NOW Renewed For Season 2? That’s Disappointing

Summary

  • Disney confirmed Percy Jackson and the Olympians season 2, but the late renewal is disappointing.
  • The first season was a hit, accumulating millions of viewers across all eight episodes.
  • Streaming services often take too long to renew shows, resulting in frustrating hiatuses between seasons.


Disney finally announced that Percy Jackson and the Olympians season 2 is a go, but the timing of the renewal is significantly disappointing. The first season of the fantasy television series premiered on December 19, 2023, and concluded on January 30, 2024. During this time, the Disney+ show accumulated millions of viewers and received numerous positive reviews from critics and fans alike. They praised the series for being faithful to Rick Riordan’s book series of the same name, the cast’s performances, and its thoughtful and complex world-building.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians season 1 was based on the first novel in Riordan’s series — The Lightning Thief. Given the show’s structure, many assumed that if it performed well on Disney+ (which it has), each season would adapt one book in the popular pentalogy. Consequently, with the season 2 announcement, fans should expect the upcoming episodes to depict the story in Riordan’s second novel — The Sea of Monsters. Of course, this news is exciting, but the wait for the renewal was unnecessary and points to a more significant problem with streaming.


It’s Surprising Percy Jackson Is Just Now Being Renewed For Season 2

Despite the enthusiastic reception to the fantasy series, Disney waited more than a week following the Percy Jackson and the Olympians season 1 finale to renew the show for a second season. It is one of the biggest streaming shows as of late, and it was popular from the beginning when it premiered in December 2023. Per Variety, the pilot was watched by more than 13 million Disney+ and Hulu subscribers in its first six days on the streaming services. That number more than doubled, and each following episode accumulated around 10 million viewers after seven days.

Given that the kids in the cast — Walker Scobell (Percy), Leah Sava Jeffries (Annabeth), and Aryan Simhadri (Grover) — are quickly growing up, one would think this would prompt the streaming service to greenlight season 2 as soon as possible. They are only supposed to age one year between books (or seasons for the Disney+ series), after all. However, Disney waited to renew the show instead of ensuring that Percy Jackson and the Olympians season 2 was being worked on once they knew it was a success.

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Unfortunately, Percy Jackson and the Olympians‘ delayed season 2 renewal is on par with the streaming world of today. Multiple streaming services often take forever to decide and announce the fate of their original shows, resulting in drawn-out hiatuses between seasons. Audiences now have to wait a year or sometimes even longer for new episodes of their favorite series. This disheartening strategy won’t work for Percy Jackson and the Olympians because of the young cast, so, hopefully, things will change by the time the inevitable season 3 renewal comes around.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Poster

Percy Jackson & the Olympians

Based on the novel series by Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson & the Olympians is an action-adventure fantasy television series created for Disney+. When Percy Jackson is framed for the theft of Zeus’ almighty thunderbolt, Percy must clear his name, all while harnessing the powers inherited by his father, Poseidon, at a camp created for demigods.

Release Date
December 20, 2023

Cast
Walker Scobell , Leah Sava Jeffries , Aryan Simhadri , Jason Mantzoukas , Megan Mullally , Glynn Turman , Adam Copeland , Virginia Kull , Lance Reddick

Seasons
1

Source: Variety