There were a handful of shows that almost everybody watched during lockdown, and even if you didn’t watch them, you definitely heard about them. Normal People, Bridgerton, and Tiger King were just some of the few shows that defined those dark days. Like Bridgerton, Tiger King has also been given the green light for a second season, and it’s coming to Netflix very soon.
Joe Exotic, the zookeeper from Oklahoma, is currently serving 22 years in prison for ordering an attack on his enemy, Carole Baskin, and for a number of animal rights violations.
So what can we expect to see next? This is everything we know about Tiger King season 2 so far…
What’s the synopsis for Tiger King season 2?
The tagline of the new series is ‘we’ve only scratched the surface’. With the infamous Joe Exotic in prison, even more secrets from the big cat industry are revealed.
A tweet from Netflix teased the upcoming series: ‘Season 2 promises just as much mayhem and madness as Season 1!’
The official trailer for the second season of Tiger King is here…
The Netflix synopsis for the new series says:
‘With Joe Exotic behind bars and Carole Baskin closing in on ownership of his disreputable zoo, the Emmy-nominated saga continues its twisted course with Tiger King 2 as newfound revelations emerge on the motivations, backstories, and secrets of America’s most notorious big cat owners. Old enemies and frenemies, including Jeff Lowe, Tim Stark, Allen Glover, and James Garretson return for another season of murder, mayhem, and madness. Thought you knew the whole story? Just you wait.’
As the new trailer shows, we will get to see shots of Joe in jail, Jeff Lowe (former business partner of Joe) posing with diamond chains and declaring he has ‘more money than God right now’, and more insight into the feud between Joe and Carole Baskin.
As of last summer, the zoo now belongs to Carole, after a federal judge ruled so in a $1 million trademark dispute.
The documentary makers have conducted telephone interviews with Joe Exotic, so we can expect to hear those in the new series, too.
‘Joe has called me quite a few times [and] he is absolutely ecstatic about the series and the idea of being famous,’ director Eric Goode told The Los Angeles Times.
‘He’s absolutely thrilled. I think he is trying to be an advocate for – no surprise – criminal justice reform. He is in a cage and of course he’s gonna say that he now recognises what he did to these animals.
‘With Joe, we have empathy for him, but at the same time, he’s someone who really knows what to say at the right moment. I take it with a big grain of salt when he says he is now apologetic for keeping animals.’
Carole Baskin does feature in the trailer, but it has previously been reported she will not be starring in Tiger King season 2.
She had previously stated: ‘They took so many things out of context and allowed people who know nothing about my history or about the relationship that I had with my former husband Don Lewis, just a bunch of animal abusers out there saying things about me that they said for years but nobody ever paid them any attention,’ she told Radio Times.
‘And then Tiger King gave them a microphone that took it into – I heard something like 64 million people have seen it and they never would have got that kind of attention on their own because people can easily look up [what happened] if they have any interest at all because of the court records and see that most of the stuff they were saying was just untrue.
Baskin added: ‘The other things that you can’t prove, like we don’t know what happened to my husband, but by virtue of the very fact that the sheriff’s office has always said that I’ve never even been a person of interest in that and yet they were making all kinds of allegations and then just trotting out one animal abuser after another to back up that narrative because that was salacious.
‘And that, I think, is what enabled them to sell the piece to Netflix for as much as they did.’
When will Tiger King season 2 be available to watch?
Tiger King fans don’t have long to wait at all for the new season. It will be available to stream on Netflix from 17 November – just weeks away!