Our Flag Means Death by David Jenkins tells the epic love story between Stede Bonnet and Ed Teach, and the heartwarming bond they’ve formed with the crew on the Revenge. It’s gained a huge following, particularly from viewers from the LGBTQIA+ community.
Although the creators take liberty with historical facts, Our Flag Means Death is still rooted in reality. Stede Bonnet was a genuine Barbadian known as the Gentleman Pirate. He came from a wealthy family of planters but gave up a comfortable life for crime and adventures. While fleeing the Spanish warships, he met Edward Teach, the infamous Blackbeard, and teamed up with him.
The real-life relationship between the pair looked somewhat different from Jenkins’ series, but the show certainly brings a nuanced and romantic spin to the story. Season 2 has now wrapped up, and many fans are now wondering whether the show will return for more. Find out everything we know about the next instalment of Our Flag Means Death.
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Has Our Flag Means Death been renewed for season 3?
At the time of writing, Our Flag Means Death has not yet been renewed for a third season. However, in an Inverse interview, David Jenkins said the following:
I have plans for season three… I would love it if Max had plans for season three, because I’d love to make another season of a show with them. I think they’re a great place to make a TV show. But season three would be the last season.
The Wrap has reported that the show has become a flagship series for Max, so a renewal for a third and final series would make sense. Until we have confirmation of a renewal, it’s hard to predict when it might release.
How to watch Our Flag Means Death in the US
Both season 1 and 2 of Our Flag Means Death are available to stream on Max.
Ad-free subscriptions start from $15.99 per month, and ad-supported packages cost $9.99 per month.
How to watch Our Flag Means Death season 2 in the UK
It’s hard to say when the second season of Our Flag Means Death will be available in the UK. The first instalment dropped after a 10-month delay on BBC iPlayer. It is possible that season 2 will also appear on that streaming service.
If you don’t want to wait for British release of Our Flag Means Death season 2, then you can use a VPN (virtual private network) to sign up for Max. We’ve successfully created an account with this platform using NordVPN, which offers competitive pricing and a good choice of servers.
The sign-up process is a little complicated – you can read more in our guide to watching Max in the UK.
What could the plot of Our Flag Means Death season 3 be about?
Spoilers for Our Flag Means Death season 2 below.
The final episode of Our Flag Means Death ended on a bittersweet note. In many senses, the crew got what they wanted. Ed and Stede worked through their own personal issues to rekindle their relationship and come out even stronger than before. Black Pete and Lucius got married, and Frenchie got a huge promotion to captain of The Revenge.
However, this all came at a huge cost. After incredible growth across the season, first mate Izzy Hands was shot by Prince Ricky Banes, and died in the arms of Ed. In his last moments, he asked Ed to finally let go of Blackbeard, so he could move on and be happy once and for all.
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Izzy was buried in front of Ed and Stede’s new (and very rundown) shack. In the last moments of the season, a seagull lands on his tombstone – a bird which many believe to be Buttons, who transformed into the creature earlier in the season.
There has been a very divided reaction to Izzy’s death amongst the fandom, so killing him off permanently would be a bold move. Jenkins released the following tweet after the finale:
fwiw there’s no version of this show that doesn’t include Izzy Hands
— David Jenkins (@david_jenkins__) October 26, 2023
This could mean that we’ll see Con O’Neill return to the role in some capacity. Perhaps via a flashback, a dream sequence or even something involving the gravy basket – the purgatory which Ed frequented earlier in the season.
Ed will almost certainly want Banes to pay for his crimes – he said as much to pirate queen of China Zheng Yi Sao. We imagine both he, Stede and the crew will return to battle him once again.
Of course, the finale implied that Ed and Stede would first give up life on the sea for a while to run their own inn. But as Jenkins told Inverse, things might not be quite that simple:
…what happens after you start a small business together? How does that work? How do you keep a relationship going? What are the problems in a relationship that are more than just like, oh, does he like me or does he not like me? How do you be a person for that person, and continue to grow with them? What happens if one of them stops growing and you keep growing?
As we’ve explored, Our Flag Means Death deviates heavily from history. However, in real life Ed died in combat with the military, whilst Stede was hanged not much long after. Whether the series goes down that route remains to be seen.
We may also see more relationships amongst the crew explored, such as Jim and Archie. It will also be interesting to see how Frenchie steps up into his new role leading the crew – Jenkins told Vulture that he is eager to explore the new power dynamics and how the crew grows.
Which cast members might return for Our Flag Means Death season 3?
If the series is renewed, we expect the following cast members to reprise their roles:
Rhys Darby – Stede Bonnet
Taika Waititi – Edward Teach/Blackbeard
Nathan Foad – Lucius
Joel Fry – Frenchie
Samson Kayo – Oluwande
Vico Ortiz – Jim
Samba Schutte – Roach
Ewen Bremner – Buttons
Kristian Nairn – Wee John
Matthew Maher – Black Pete
Leslie Jones – Spanish Jackie
Erroll Shand – Prince Ricky Banes
Rubio Quian – pirate queen Zheng Yi Sao
Anapela Polataivao – Auntie