Ricky Gervais Opens Up About His Hit Comedy Series


| LAST UPDATE 09/29/2021

By Molly Houghton
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Since its Netflix premiere in 2019, After Life has become one of the streaming site's biggest comedy hits. With the series' final season coming up, creator Ricky Gervais is opening up about what's got him feeling doubtful about actually ending the show.

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"I've already made my mind up there won't be a four," Ricky Gervais revealed in 2020. "And you do put those things out there to make you remember as it's tempting but... there's an old saying: 'To lead the orchestra, you've got to turn your back on the audience' ... The audience thinks they want another one, but they're not sure. So you've got to be careful."

And so viewers learned that Season 3 of the hit Netflix comedy After Life would be its last. The creator tweeted earlier this summer that filming for the upcoming season had wrapped up, leaving it in post-production mode. And leaving fans waiting for an official release date. But now, we're thinking we might have a shot at getting a Season 4 of the dark comedy out of Ricky Gervais... here's why.

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"I had therapists coming up to me and saying, 'I teach it to some of my people, please don't let him die,' because it meant something. Now I have this responsibility." And this influence has the comedic genius feeling torn over actually ending the show with Season 3. But before anything else, Gervais prioritizes the show's quality.

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"I love this more than anything I have ever done, but I am getting older, and I am menopausal," he shared. "People do a terrible film because of their grandson - I am at that level now." The good news? We're far from seeing the last of it from Ricky Gervais. The Office mastermind already has a whole roster of series ideas waiting to be filmed for the small screen.

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"I've got it down to three totally different ideas, and Netflix has already bought it because I told them I want to end After Life now, and so they said, 'Okay, we want the next thing,'" he previously teased to SiriusXM. "I have got the outline of three completely different sorts of sitcoms and shows."

Well, don't mind us. We'll be over here (im)patiently waiting for more from Mr. Gervais.