Just three weeks after its release, Netflix has renamed the fantasy thriller The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself. Fans noticed that the show, which was made by Joe Barton of Giri/Haji, is now called Half Bad: The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself.
One viewer tweeted about the name change. The show is based on the young adult book Half Bad by Sally Green, and the new title makes a reference to the book.
RadioTimes.com knows that the name change was a creative choice made to make the show more like the book. The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself came out on October 28.
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Jay Lycurgo plays Nathan Byrne, a teenager who lives in a London full of witches and is the illegitimate son of the most dangerous blood witch in the world.
The rest of the cast is made up of Nadia Parkes and Emilien Vekemans, who play witches Annalise O’Brien and Gabriel. Nathan meets them as he runs away from the fight between Blood Witches and Fairborn Witches.
In an exclusive interview with RadioTimes.com Barton, who turned the book into a movie, said that the original name of the show was chosen from “a long list of potential titles.”
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“We had some really terrible ones – like, ‘Son of a Witch’ and ‘Bad Lad’,” Barton said. “[The final title] was on this massive list and the first time I looked at it, I thought it was too long and too weird, but it sort of stuck with us. It’s a line of dialogue from the first episode, so that’s how it got in there.”
Netflix had yet to announce whether Half Bad will be returning for a second season however Lycurgo has teased that there’s “more to explore” in a potential follow-up, adding: “My point with a season 2 is that we’re in a really great place in a world where we’ve only looked at a small chunk of it.”
“That’s what’s great about fantasy. Also because we have the urban culture in it as well, the urban feel of cities, there are so many places these characters could go. There are so many more places the characters can go and there are so many more characters we could be introduced to.”
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