Season 1 of “Wednesday” was rated TV-14 for violence, fear, and profanity, but there’s a chance that the second season will earn a slightly higher age restriction. Ortega has hinted at a slant toward darker subject matter in season 2, leaning into the show’s horror aspects and further away from the more light-hearted plotlines like Wednesday’s love triangle.
“When I read the entire series, I realized, ‘Oh, this is for younger audiences,'” Ortega admitted on the Armchair Expert Podcast. “When I first signed onto the show, I didn’t have all the scripts. I thought it was going to be a lot darker. It wasn’t … I didn’t know what the tone was, or what the score would sound like.”
The Wednesday of season 2 will be closer aligned with the actor’s original vision for the role.
“I kind of want her to be darker,” Ortega told Entertainment Tonight in November 2022. “I want her to get more in the nitty-gritty of things and not play things so safe, because there are a lot of lines about her saving the school and doing whatever, but for me, her main drive with the monster is of a competitiveness. Kind of, ‘Man, how’s this guy doing this?'”
It seems unlikely that the same Wednesday that unleashed piranhas on the high school swim team would be motivated by saving her classmates. Ortega felt that being an accidental hero on account of her curiosity about monsters would be more true to her character’s nature. “I think I want it to continue down an antihero stream rather than a typical hero,” she added.