If you’ve been watching Taboo and you’re anything like me, you might not understand everything that’s going on between James Delaney, the East India Trading Company, and the Americans. But the conspiracy at the series’ core should be fully exposed by the end of the Season 1 finale. Of course, I’m still hoping that Taboo will return for Season 2, even if the finale wraps things up in a satisfying way. The period piece is incredibly detailed and gritty, and Hardy’s performance is exactly the kind of intense, off-the-wall approach that you’d expect from the frequently monosyllabic actor. Taboo certainly feels like the kind of weird prestige drama that would thrive on FX.
But because the series is a coproduction with the BBC, Taboo could be one of the first FX releases on American shores to not make it past a first season. On Feb. 25, the Radio Times reported that the BBC said it has not yet made a decision on whether or not to renew Taboo, which unnamed sources claimed could be due to “slightly disappointing ratings … as well as the future availability of lead cast members.”
This would make sense, as Tom Hardy has plenty of other projects on his plate. And in the ratings department, while Taboo’s FX numbers started strong, they dipped as the series went on, according to TV By the Numbers. But writer and co-creator Steven Knight isn’t letting that stop him from thinking about the future of the series.
In early January, Knight had told The AV Club that “there will be” a second season, and in an interview published on Feb. 25 told the Radio Times, “We think it has got a two and a three certainly, that’s the plan … After that who knows?”
Knight has also been thinking about where he wants the story to go, as in a Feb. 1 interview with Entertainment Weekly, he discussed his ideas for the series. “I love the idea that any ship that was sailing into Boston harbor at the time was full of people with stories as wild and as mad as this,” he said. “That’s what this is the story of, and I’m hoping that season 2 and 3 will continue the story of America, if you like.”
It just remains to be seen if the BBC and FX will officially choose to continue Taboo so that audiences can see the story continue in this way.