Outcast, the Cinemax show based on Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta’s comic book series, will finally debut its second season on July 20th; following its premiere in foreign markets around the same time last year.
While it is still unclear what caused the delay in airing the new episodes domestically, Deadline suggests the new season will be Outcast‘s last as options on the cast — which included Patrick Fugit as demonic possession survivor Kyle Barnes and Philip Glenister as Reverend Anderson, a local preacher who tries to recruit Kyle into a coming war between Heaven and Hell — have lapsed. New contracts would have to be signed should Cinemax want to continue with the program.
HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming president Kary Antholis told the site “we left open the possibility that we could have a conversation about figuring out a way to bring it back.” But as the show is unusually expensive for the channel, it would need to seek out co-production deals to make it feasible. And even then, the show may have to return in a much more modest form.
The program also features Wrenn Schmidt, Megan Holter, the late Reg E. Cathey, Kate Lyn Sheil, Allison Barnes, Julia Crockett, David Denman and Brent Spiner as various citizens of Rome, West Virgina and nearby townships who all find themselves part of Kyle and Anderson’s ongoing war against the darkness.