'After Life' season 2 may see Ricky Gervais' Tony Johnson bond deeper with his pet dog and finally overcome depression
In the Netflix show, Ricky Gervais plays Tony, who is depressed after his wife's death. But his pet dog saves his life as it becomes the foremost reason for Tony to live instead of committing suicide
Ricky Gervais' 'After Life' strikes a chord with viewers with its subtle humor laced with the misery and tragedy of life. As the comedian steps into Tony Johnson's shoes, he plays a character who recently lost his wife Lisa to cancer and is coping up with the sorrow by being rude to everyone he comes across. Calling his plan a "superpower", he decides to live and punish the world with his brutality.
In the first episode, Tony wakes up to his late wife's video telling him a list of things he needs to take care of. Out of them, he even gets a reminder to feed his dog. Perhaps, that's the first time he realizes he has never fed his dog. Much to his dismay, he is stupefied to find no dog food at home and rushes to the supermarket to grab some. Quite significantly, the dog even saves his life as it becomes the foremost reason for Tony to live instead of committing suicide. In his awkward, yet heart-warming stint, Ricky wins many hearts and steals much applause from his fans.
After Netflix gave its green light for a second season, there are speculations that Ricky may spark a new love connection and get his life back on track. After struggling with mental illness and depression, he finally looks on the brighter side as he begins to realize he still cares about people in the season one finale. But, will it last? Well, if Tony really needs a new bond, what better than his lovely pet dog?
After confirming that his dog will return to season two, Ricky himself expressed his adoration for dogs saying in a clip for Joe.co.uk: "It's the greatest thing on Earth, a dog. They are amazing, they are magical. It's the closest I get to spirituality, just by watching a dog. They are beautiful, they have got soul, they are amazing, they are brilliant. In fact, there is nothing as good. Not car, not money, not even a house. But a dog, it's f***ing amazing."
What's more, the comedian even calls the dog his "leading lady" and got emotional when he had to bid goodbye after the show. Explaining the gist of the show, Ricky told Metro: "Even in your darkest hour, you have to keep going and if people are offended by what they see on this show then so be it. It is never my intention to offend people and I hope 'After Life' shows that it is worth going on when all seems lost."