Of the spate of Netflix original series that have made their way to the platform recently, few can claim to boast a premise as intriguing as Messiah, in which a CIA officer played by Michelle Monaghan investigates a modern-day Christ-like figure – aiming to decipher if he is credible or a con-man.
If you’re one of those to have been taken in by that tantalising premise and have already binged the opening season, you might be wondering if and when you can expect to see more. Here’s everything we know so far…
When is Messiah season 2 on Netflix?
Netflix has not renewed Messiah for a second season.
The news was confirmed in March 2020 by Wil Traval, who posted an on-set photo on Instagram, captioned: “It’s a very sad day today. I have just received news from Netflix that there will be no season 2 of #messiah I wanted to say to all the fans thank you for your support and love. I wish things were different.”
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What happened in Messiah season 1?
As mentioned above, the central conceit of the opening series was the case of Al-Masih (who also goes by the name Payam Golshiri) a mysterious figure who claims to be the second coming of Christ.
Unsurprisingly given the show’s modern day setting, there’s a fair deal of suspicion about whether Al-Masih is all that he says he is – and so CIA agent Eva Geller starts an investigation to determine if he is Christ or a conman, perhaps even the embodiment of the Antichrist.
Throughout the first season we see Al-Masih miraculously survive a would-be-deadly plane crash and apparently resurrect his fellow passenger Aviram Dahan, and then witness one of his loyal disciples similarly escape death following a suicide bombing.
The first season didn’t quite provide any conclusive information as to the precise nature of Al Masih – and it is still just as likely that he is good as he is evil – but we do know for sure that he is in possession of supernatural powers.
We also know that he has some sort of connection with Oscar Wallace, a cyber-terrorist and Williams College professor, and that he has placed great trust in a girl named Rebecca – who delivers a message that “Al-Masih is the eye…the eye of the storm.”