The Netflix series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness details the life and secrets of Joe Exotic, the founder of the Greater Wynnewood Zoo in southern Oklahoma; and his feud with Carole Baskin, the founder of Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida. The world of big cats seems to be far weirder than seven episodes could totally contain, and rumors a possible Tiger King Season 2 have finally paid off. Considering where the show ended, what will it look like?
Here's everything we know about Tiger King Season 2.
Is Tiger King renewed for Season 2?
The short answer: yes, but not how you'd think. Documentaries are difficult to renew if the story is over. With Joe Exotic incarcerated for the forseeable future, and the other participants unhappy with the way the show was handled, there's not much left to tell for the documentary crew.
Luckily, that won't stop them. While there's no official greenlight for a complete Season 2, according to The Hollywood Reporter there is a follow-up series on its way from the creators of Tiger King, under the same name. They report the second season episode will cover Siegfried and Roy and the attack that ended their long-running tiger show. Roy Horn died of COVID-19 in May 2020.
The show will provide a deep dive into the mauling of Horn by a white tiger while onstage in October 2003. The attack ended their careers and permanently injured Roy.
What happened at the end of Tiger King?
At the end of the limited series, Joe Exotic was arrested for multiple wildlife charges and sentenced to 22 years in prison. The other big revelation was the accusation that Bhagavan "Doc" Antle, owner of the T.I.G.E.R.S. exotic animal park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was euthanizing tigers and burying them on his own property.
PETA accused Antle of selling his tigers to a circus owner, and his facility was raided by South Carolina SLED (State Law Enforcement Division) agents seeking to determine whether the three tiger cubs were acquired illegally. Nothing amounted from the raid, and his Myrtle Beach safari park remains open to this day. If you're wondering if they closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus: they just reopened.
A follow-up episode hosted by Joel McHale was not produced by the documentary team. THR reports the new follow-up will serve as a "higher-minded corrective" to the first season, perhaps alluding to the tabloid-esque nature of the filmmaking, and the low-budget approach to the first follow-up, filmed entirely on phones due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Is there a release date for Tiger King Season 2?
Netflix has not announced an official release date for the second season of Tiger King. The coronavirus pandemic may slow down the production significantly, so the wait may be longer than already anticipated. However, the rumor the follow-up is only a single episode may provide a balm to the wait: only one episode means a shorter production time.
Is there a trailer for Tiger King Season 2?
Not quite yet. But if you're yearning for more videos about the parks involved in Season 1, they produce plenty of content themselves. Carole Baskin's Big Cat Rescue has a YouTube channel featuring videos like "Kitten Wrestling in 3D" and "Valentine's treats for the Tiger Boys." Myrtle Beach Safari's videos are a bit more out there, mostly focused on their chimpanzees, with videos like "Chimps Watch War for Planet of the Apes" and "Chimps Watch the Super Bowl." Joe Exotic TV even has some pretty recent videos, despite his recent arrest, including quite a few video messages to Donald Trump.
Who is returning for Tiger King Season 2?
Whether or not the big three exotic park owners — Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin, and Doc Antle — would return for the show is anyone's guess. Even with the focus of the show shifting, these people are leading figures in broader conversations about wildlife conservation. While it certainly put them in the spotlight, it also subjected them to intense criticism, so it could go either way. As for Joe Exotic, unless his appeal comes through, he'll be giving any interviews from behind bars.
What else can I watch to learn more about Tiger King?
For those anxious for a more in-depth take on the story, there's a Wondry podcast miniseries about Joe currently releasing episodes. Joe Exotic: Tiger King has two of its six episodes out so far, so now's the time to hop on the bandwagon for a whole new take on this eccentric figure.
There are also multiple scripted shows underway based on the Joe Exotic story. One, produced through NBCUniversal, which has Kate McKinnon attached to star as Carole Baskin, and another for CBS Television Studios with Nicolas Cage attached, though both are in the early stages of development.
The first season of Tiger King is streaming now on Netflix.