The Danish post-apocalyptic teen series The Rain is a success and was recently renewed for a third season. According to Netflix, The Rain is the biggest non-English language Netflix original series to date.
Produced by the Danish company Miso Film (Danny’s Doomsday), The Rain has been seen by 30 million viewers across the world, making it a huge hit as far as non-English Netflix originals go. The show is especially popular in its native Denmark, but also in France, Brazil, Germany, Poland, Mexico and the US. Now the series has been officially renewed for a third season, confirmed by Netflix in a tweet last week, only four weeks after the season two premiere. The co-creators Jannik Tai Mosholt (writer; Borgen, Follow the Money), Esben Toft Jacobsen (visual supervisor; The Great Bear) and Christian Potalivo (producer; Dicte) have been commissioned to deliver another six episodes for the third and final season.
Kelly Luegenbiehl, Netflix VP International Original Series in Europe, Middle East and Africa said: -The Rain has been a great adventure for us as it was our first Danish Original. Working with Christian, Jannik and Esben, in addition to the strong cast, has been a fantastic experience. Although Denmark already has a strong tradition of letting Danish-language content travel to the rest of the world, we were excited to see how the series caught so many Netflix members around the world as well as in Denmark.
Miso Film co-founder Peter Bose added: -We are extremely proud that The Rain is the best performing non-English [Netflix] original to date. Janni, Christian and Esben have created a series that targets the young audience and takes it by storm; that’s a great achievement, especially due to the fact that this is a genre that stands out from what we’ve produced in the past. This proves that the quality of Nordic storytelling is at its best.
Potalivo and Mosholt said they always envisioned the story over three seasons, and now aim to give the characters “an intense journey during our last season, while giving the viewers the great finals they deserve and which we have always wanted to tell.”
The Rain is the first Danish Netflix series and follows a group of young survivors on the run in a world where half the population was killed by a virus carried by the rain. To escape from the virus, siblings Simone and Rasmus took shelter in a bunker for six years before they emerged in order to search for their father, a scientist who left them in the bunker but never returned. Season three will continue where the second season ended, with actors Alba August (Simone), Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen (Rasmus), Mikkel Boe Følsgaard (Martin), Sonny Lindberg (Jean), Lukas Løkken (Patrick), Nathalie Madueno (Fie) and other actors returning.
The third and final Rain may fall in May 2020, based on the premiere dates of the first two seasons, although that is not yet confirmed.