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The first season of Love, Death & Robots featured 18 episodes of insane animated sci-fi, horror, mind-bending, and comedy shorts that stretched the limits of viewers’ standards, but the second season would only have eight episodes, which is less than half of the first season’s total. What does this mean for upcoming seasons of the show, and why is it so much shorter?

The overwhelming range of stories afforded by the number of episodes was one of the most appealing aspects of Love, Death & Robots Vol. I. Although the shorter episode count in Vol. II has little effect on total genre complexity; it does influence the individual blend of styles and tones simply because fewer episodes means less variation within each genre. There are many factors why Netflix chose to cut the second season of Love, Death, and Robots in half.

The 26-month delay between Vol. I and Vol. II is one of the most important factors to note, and with the first trailer announcing Vol. III is still on the road for a 2022 release; it’s very likely Netflix chose a lower episode count to reduce the period between seasons, as they have done with many other series. Some animated series, such as Voltron: Legendary Defender, had far shorter seasons in the middle of their eight-season span, but new seasons were released just a few months later, keeping the audience’s attention.

With the coronavirus delays in 2020, it’s likely that season 2 was initially twice as long and was cut in half to prevent more delays, causing the other half of the show to be released as Vol. III. Given the length of time that it takes to produce an animation of this quality, the shorts for Vol. III were most likely in the works even before Vol. III was even announced, lending credence to the possibility that Vol. II was broken up.

The specific release date for Love, Death & Robots Vol. III is yet to be determined, but if it is the second half of Vol. II, then it will most likely arrive in Q1- 2022, but it will be shorter than the first season. On the plus hand, if Vol. II goes better, it’s likely that Vol. IV will begin production soon, allowing upcoming seasons to be released sooner than the original 26-month delay between Vol. I and Vol. II.

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Whatever the reality may be, the shorter time between seasons means there may be more Love, Death & Robots to go around, and if that’s the case, smaller episodes are a more than reasonable price to pay.

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