by Connor Mackle
Graphic by Susan Rahimi
Season two of Ricky Gervais’ After Life has been put on Netflix as of April 24, 2020, and it is made clear that Tony’s epiphany at the end of season one still stands in the episodes of season two. While in season one, we found him dealing with the loss of his wife in a very unhealthy way; he decides he wants to change that and move on. While he still wants to use his “superpower,” Tony decides that he only wants to use it against people who deserve it, not against nice people. In season two, he tries to overcome his temper, which makes for some funny scenes in which the audience can tell he is about to explode. The problem for Tony is that his bitter and nihilistic attitude against everything was easy for him to pull off, but even though he wants to change, the world still throws annoyances at him. We also see problems that come up that are centered around his ability to move on, as Tony seems to be almost obsessed with wallowing in sadness and self-pity, and that affects his ability to move on as well. His inability to move forward is also shown with a potential love interest. Tony seems to get better temporarily when this arises, but we find out that while being asked out makes him happy, he has issues committing to anything, since he still views himself as married to Lisa and still has feelings for her. As such, when another tragedy hits his life, it seems to have a lesser impact, because Tony has reserved the majority of his feelings for Lisa. The season has an open ending, and it feels right to not end the second season with a straight answer. The ambiguity of the ending is consistent with the tone of the show, and allows for our minds to fill in the blanks. We get to decide based on our interpretation of Tony. That is, unless there is another season.