Bloodline has six seasons planned out, executive producer Daniel Zelman has revealed.
The new Kyle Chandler thriller debuted on Netflix today, March 20.
Zelman is planning for the heavily serialized drama to be around for a long time on the streaming platform, confirming to Variety that a five or six season run is already mapped out.
Zelman promises Bloodline‘s major mysteries will get resolved by the end of the 13-episode first season, with a cliffhanger helping to lay the groundwork for Season 2 and beyond:
Yes [we know what Season 2 will be]. Even when we pitched the show we had ideas for what five, six seasons of the show could be because that was very important to us to think about how does this evolve season by season. The final episode of this season answers all the questions of this season, which is always very important to us — but then launches a whole new proposition going forward.
We always did that in Damages as well. We tried to answer every question that we posed in a given season by the end of that season, but then also leave something for the audience moving forward. I guess you could call it a cliffhanger. We did the same thing at the end of this season. There’s very much a springboard moving forward.
Zelman notes that while the creative team have much of the overarching story planned out, the narrative between the major milestones is flexible:
[The] end point of this season is definitely something we had in mind from the very beginning. I think a lot of people think we make it up as we go along. I think that’s because in between these tentpole moments we do do a lot of improvisation and changes. But I don’t know how you could create an intensely serialized show like this without having these guideposts along the way. I know it would drive me crazy. You need to have a sense of where you’re going.