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A gritty reboot of Anne of Green Gables might sound like an oxymoron, but Anne With an E has defied critics by getting a second season.

According to Deadline, Netflix and Canadian broadcaster CBC have jointly announced the series renewal, with 10 new episodes set to begin shooting in the fall.

That’s good news for those who watched — and loved — the first season, which debuted on Netflix in May and ended on a rather menacing cliffhanger: two violent grifters were welcomed as lodgers into the house Anne shares with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert (played by R.H. Thomson and The Jewel in the Crown‘s Geraldine James respectively).

After producers reportedly auditioned 1,889 girls from around the globe to play the part of the precocious red-headed orphan with a fierce imagination and intricate fantasy life, they finally settled on Amybeth McNulty  a 15-year-old Irish-Canadian newcomer.

The first season certainly demonstrated screenwriter and producer Moira Walley-Beckett‘s willingness to deviate from L.M. Montgomery‘s classic children’s novel, adding new twists and turns as well as borrowing plot from later in Anne’s life.

And we shouldn’t be surprised by the series’ bleak and sometimes ominous tone: among the Emmy award-winning showrunner’s earlier projects were Breaking Bad and ballet drama Flesh and Bone.

Netflix, however, are fully on board. In a statement released to announce the new season, they promised the show will “continue to chart bold new territory, adding new characters and storylines and continuing to explore themes of identity, prejudice, feminism, bullying, gender parity and empowerment.”

What did you think of the first season of Anne With an E?

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.