Lodge 49 Revival Potential Addressed By Creator

Jim Gavin, the creator of the cult hit Lodge 49, addresses the potential for a series revival. Lodge 49 premiered in 2018 on AMC and ran for two seasons before being cancelled by the network due to low ratings. Despite those numbers, however, the show was a critical success and achieved a cult following, with many complimenting the quirky tone and performances.

Lodge 49 follows Dud (Wyatt Russell), an optimistic drifter who joins the Order of the Lynx, hoping to recover the idyllic life he's lost since his father's death. Along the way, he encounters a cast of unusual characters who lead him on an idiosyncratic journey across the world. Inspired by the work of Thomas Pynchon, Lodge 49 was unable to draw in a wide audience due to its odd approach to storytelling and character development.


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In an exclusive interview with Screen Rant, Gavin talks about the show's legacy and how he'd like to see it continued. He mentions how he'd like to compress his ideas for the final two seasons into a long movie, similar to how British shows would make two seasons and a special. He also notes there isn't an immediate demand for a revival, but remains optimistic due to the loyal cult following the show has acquired. Read his quote below:

I think we always knew [a cult following] was going to happen, Peter Ocko and I, like we knew, and I hope it just keeps growing. I am as delusional as anyone, I would like to figure out a way to end the story with our cast in some way, but if we don't get that chance, I think what we've made I think it'll continue to maybe bring some joy to some folks, and that's all I can ask for. Yeah, absolutely [I could make the final two seasons into a movie]. I feel like the old British model of two seasons and a Christmas special is appealing as a capper. So yeah, some sort of mad two-and-a-half, three-hour freakout would be just the thing. [Laughs] No one's knocking on the door at the moment, but like I said, I think anything's possible; the more people are finding it, I think the more possible that becomes, and that's why I'm so excited that now people in the UK can watch both seasons because they haven't been able to. I think only the first season was available for very recondite reasons I can't fathom but yeah.

Brent Jennings and Wyatt Russell in Lodge 49 Season 1 Episode 2

With Lodge 49 noted for its charm and offbeat sensibilities, Gavin is right when he says the show would be destined for cult stardom, for it lacked the mainstream appeal needed to garner a large audience. However, as typical with most prematurely cancelled shows with cult followings, the audience who has seen it still remains passionate about it, with more fans initiated as it becomes more widely available. In an age where reboots and revivals are commonplace, it remains possible the show could see a resurgence.

It's unfortunate that a series with a unique blend of comedic and philosophic tones was unable to finish its run on the creator's terms, as is too common with niche tv shows. However, Gavin's optimism suggests that there's still reason for fans to hope that the show will receive a proper ending, one that'll satisfy the oddball quirks of its original run. In the end, Lodge 49 is still dead, but Gavin remains positive that the story will find its way to a proper conclusion somewhere down the line.