Chucky’s Don Mancini on Why Horror’s Creepiest Doll Keeps Coming Back

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Chucky’s Don Mancini on Why Horror’s Creepiest Doll Keeps Coming Back
Oh, he ain’t dead. Far from it.
Oh, he ain’t dead. Far from it.
Image: SYFY/USA Network

Chucky will be back for more butchery and wisecracks—a second season of the hit SYFY and USA Network horror series starring the killer doll from the Child’s Play movies was announced this week. The finale of season one just aired, so there won’t be new episodes for awhile, but that didn’t stop us from hopping on the phone with Chucky creator Don Mancini to learn more.

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What follows is a lightly edited and condensed version of our conversation.


Cheryl Eddy, io9: When did you find out you were getting a season two, and did that affect the ending of season one at all?

Don Mancini: Just a couple of weeks ago—right around the time it was announced—is when we knew. I had learned from working with Bryan Fuller on Hannibal and Nick Antosca on Channel Zero that you want to construct something that is going to be satisfying as its own entity, in the event you don’t get another season—but at the same time, could function as something where you’re planting the seeds for season two. Ideally you want to do both simultaneously. So that was our goal. That’s all. We wanted it to work both ways just in case, because you can’t take anything for granted.