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Netflix's Blood and Water to Return for Second Season.

Netflix's 'Blood & Water' Set to Return for Second Season

Following a wildly successful first season, Netflix has announced that the teen-led drama will be returning to screens for a second season.

Netflix recently announced that its African Original Series, Blood & Water is set to return for a second season. The teen-led drama, directed by the award-winning Nosipho Dumisa, was the first-ever African original Series to be ranked first on Netflix in ten different countries including the US after it premiered on May 20th. Details around when exactly the second season will premiere are still to be released by the streaming platform.


Just a few months ago, Netflix announced that its debut African Original Series, Queen Sono, a six-part spy-thriller starring Pearl Thusi, would be returning for a second season. Now it's been confirmed that Blood & Water will be following suit.

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Given Blood & Water's irrefutable success on Netflix and rave reviews from fans on social media, the announcement does not come as much of a surprise. With a fresh-faced cast including Ama Qamata, Dillon Windvogel and Khosi Ngema and film veterans such as Sello Maake Ka-Ncube and Getmore Sithole, Blood &Water was able to spotlight themes of grief and loss in a way that resonated with a broad audience.

Speaking to Dumisa in a recent interview, she said, "When we created Blood & Water, we were really hopeful that it would resonate with a lot of the world." Dumisa went on to add that, "We definitely wanted it to resonate with South Africans and Africans. I think the fact that it reached number one in South Africa and countries like and Nigeria, was such a big deal for me. That was like a dream come true and it felt like a blessing. It still feels like a blessing. I get giddy every time I think about it."

Read the rest of OkayAfrica's interview with Dumisa here.

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