Ahoy! After viral fan campaigns, incredible fanart and some outright begging, Our Flag Means Death is coming back for a second season. The final episode of season one left a lot of things up in the air and we have questions!
Needless to say, there are spoilers ahead for all of Our Flag Means Death season one.
Is Lucius actually dead?
Everyone knows that unless you see the body, no one’s really dead. However, getting pushed off a ship in the middle of the night isn’t easy to survive. That’s exactly what happened to the unfortunate Lucius (Nathan Foad) when Blackbeard (Taika Waititi) turned on him. Hopefully, he was able to cling to something as he fell overboard, or someone was able to rescue him. My money is on Fang (David Fane). He has a soft spot for the visual artist after he drew him and told Fang he has stunning cheekbones.
There’s also the chance that Frenchie (Joel Fry) and Jim (Vico Ortiz) might play a role in Lucius’ return. With Stede (Rhys Darby) temporarily out of the picture, both members of his crew were forced to stay with Blackbeard. This leads nicely into my next question.
Will Jim and Frenchie reunite with the crew?
Season one ended with both of them stuck with Blackbeard while the rest of their friends were marooned and left to die. Jim’s ferocity and Frenchie’s sewing skills impressed Blackbeard, so hopefully, their usefulness means they aren’t in too much danger. While it seems nearly impossible for Oluwande (Samson Kayo) and the rest to get off the island and back to their friends, Stede stumbled across them fairly easily; I have no doubt that everyone will reunite soon. Until then, I know that Jim can handle themself, but I’m a little worried about Frenchie and hope they treat him well.
Will we see more historical pirates, especially some women?
While Our Flag Means Death does have some great representation, one place it falls short is with female characters. Sure, we have the incredible Spanish Jackie (Leslie Jones), but there are plenty of real-life women pirates that I’d love to see on the show. Anne Bonny and Mary Read, for instance, served on Calico Jack’s crew, with Bonny even marrying him at sea. I can’t imagine these fierce women shacking up with the Will Arnett version of Calico Jack and would love to see how David Jenkins and the crew could bring them to life.
There’s also the Chinese pirate Zheng Yi Sao, who could potentially be a great character for the show. Who cares that she wasn’t born until almost sixty years after the real Stede and Blackbeard died? The show isn’t afraid of historical inaccuracies (did you see Oluwande’s Crocs?), so Zheng Yi Sao could easily show up in 1717. Blackbeard even wanted to run away to China with Stede, so maybe someday we’ll see some Chinese pirates.
Will the show address the fact that the real Blackbeard died in 1718, one year after the series begins?
So did Stede Bonnet, but season one did end with him faking his death by jaguar/carriage crash/piano drop. The real Blackbeard did steal Stede’s ship and maroon his crew in the summer of 1718. However, he died in battle with the British Lieutenant Robert Maynard soon after. How will David Jenkins and the rest of the Our Flag Means Death team solve this? They don’t seem like the type to deal in the “Bury Your Gays” trope, so hopefully, this Blackbeard won’t suffer an untimely demise like his real-life counterpart.
How will Stede fit his crew on that tiny rowboat?
Especially when they were getting ready to eat each other. Six men need to squeeze onto that boat! Will they sit on each others’ laps? Take turns paddling behind? Or will someone else with a bigger ship rescue them? Luckily, this is a show that plays fast and loose with the laws of time and space. I have no doubt this crew will be safely off the island in no time.
These are just my top five burning questions for season two of Our Flag Means Death. What are you looking forward to if the internet’s new favorite show returns? Let us know below!
This article was originally published in May 2022.
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