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Will There Be a Season 2 of Based on a True Story After THAT Cliffhanger? What We Know

The stars of Peacock's Based On A True Story share what they hope is next for their characters, and how the birth of a baby could change the whole show.

By Caitlin Schunn
"Who's Next" Episode 103 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kaley Cuoco as Ava, Tom Bateman as Matt, Chris Messina as Nathan

There were many looming, dark questions by the end of the first season of Based On A True Story, streaming now on Peacock, including the fate of several characters.

When you have a cliffhanger ending like that, people are naturally excited to know when to expect Season 2. But will there even be a Based on a True Story Season 2? Here's what we know. 

Will There Be a Season 2 of Based on a True Story?

Yes, there will be a Season 2 of Based on a True Story. The news was announced on October 12.
It's great news for stars Kaley Cuoco, Chris Messina, and Tom Bateman, who were all rooting for the show to return.

“Certainly, I want more of these. We’re just gonna wait to see if people like it,” Messina told Entertainment Tonight.

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Cuoco also told Entertainment Tonight she’s “totally ready to dive in for a season two” and added, “I had the time of my life on this show, with the best people. It couldn’t have been more fun.”

What's Next After That Cliffhanger Ending?

At the end of eight episodes, Ava and Nathan Bartlett, portrayed by Cuoco and Messina, were trying to clean up and dispose of their friend Ruby Gale’s (Priscilla Quintana) body, when Ruby’s husband walked in, seemingly discovering what was happening. Meanwhile, Ava’s sister, Tory, (Liana Liberato) was revealed to be sleeping with serial killer Matt Pierce (Tom Bateman).

“It’s interesting, because he’s almost behind enemy lines,” Bateman told Entertainment Tonight. “And then it’s like, ‘What do they do?’ Because how are they gonna tell Tory she can’t date that guy? They can’t tell her the truth. So, it’s a really interesting narrative device that I think [show creator] Craig has put in there. It’s totally unexpected, and I would love to see where it goes.”

Bateman also wants to explore the future relationship among the three main characters.

“It’s interesting what happens to Nathan and Ava,” Bateman said. “Because for a long period, they’re not scared of Matt and they’re teaming up with him. And he hasn’t committed these murders. And I think it would be quite an interesting road to go down to see if they are really gonna stay in business with this guy if he starts murdering people regularly.”

Messina is hoping for a chance to show a darker side to the characters of Nathan and Ava — and make them more like serial killer Matt.

“I would love for that to be Nathan, but maybe it will be a bit of us both,” Messina told Variety. “He starts the season on the toilet looking a version of his younger self and what he wanted to be, and then he ends it digging a grave to throw his friend into. As an actor, that’s a really fun arc to play. And I wouldn’t mind it getting darker and more twisted from here. I could see them [Nathan and Ava] as a screwed-up version of Bonnie and Clyde.

How Will the Birth of a Baby Change Based on a True Story?

Ava’s pregnancy, and what happens to the trio when the baby arrives, is another plot point that could significantly change things. Cuoco, who was pregnant while filming and just gave birth, wants to explore that in coming seasons.

“I think Ava was in denial the whole season that she was having a baby, and this was all a distraction for her,” she told Variety. “They wouldn’t talk about it, which is why I love the scene where they are burying the body and finally talking about it … I think it became real at the end for them.”

Bateman is also intrigued to see how a newborn changes the dynamic of the show for his character.

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“I don’t think he has a lot of friends,” Bateman said to Variety. “So, I think a baby will only add more fuel to the fire of the comedy and craziness that is our show.”

Could We Learn More About The West Side Ripper's Life?

Bateman told NBC Insider he’s thought of more plot points that could be answered in a second season, including the backstory of his serial killer character’s son and the son’s mother, who is never identified in the show.

Bateman admitted he’s talked to creator Craig Rosenberg about this, and he’s hopeful it’ll come up in a new season.

He also wants his character’s backstory, with more on how he became the West Side Ripper, to be shared with the audience.

“Craig really does want this to run for a few seasons, and I think it is something where he didn’t want to spend all of his chips on season one,” Bateman said to Variety. “He wanted to hold something back and have a few firecrackers in his pocket.”

Bateman is up for more twists and turns in the series, including if Ruby somehow came back from the dead.

“I would be so down,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “There’s just some things to work out, but I am 100 percent down.”

Watch all of Based On A True Story season one streaming now on Peacock.