It's only been slightly more than a year since the first series was released, but for fans of the show who have been following Ricky Gervais' frequent updates on Twitter, it has been an agonising wait.
The new series will see Tony (Gervais) repaying those who helped him through his darkest times in season one, with the return of characters such as Sandy the new journalist at the Tambury Gazette (played by Mandeep Dhillon), brother-in-law Matt (Tom Basden), Lenny the photographer (Tony Way), graveyard confidant Anne (Penelope Wilton), Daphne the sex worker (Roisin Conaty), postman Pat (Joe Wilkinson) and, most importantly, Brandy the dog (played by German Shepherd Anti).
After the first season received such a great reception, fans were delighted to hear a second was on its way. Unlike many, Gervais tends to have the knack of quitting while he's ahead with his projects.
Back when they were allowed to sit this close to one another, @rickygervais asked co-stars @tonypaulway, @KerryAGodliman, and @MissJoHartley to sell After Life season 2 (coming this Friday!) in 30 seconds... pic.twitter.com/x6LkNzswEn
- Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) April 21, 2020
Speaking to LADbible about the challenge of judging when to stop, the 58-year-old said: "I've never had a reaction like this, so there is that [sense of] 'Oh, I could only ruin it', you know what I mean. So you've got to try and make it better.
"Which is good, it's a good state of mind to be in, it's a good pressure. I've got to make this better than before - that's a lovely pressure to have as a writer.
"That's not a reason not to do a second series because the first one went down so well... Most people want it the other way - they want too many series because they think it's their favourite show. I get that, as a viewer I get it, but as an artist you have got to get out a bit early."
That said, you shouldn't feel too upset if you've binged your way through season two by the end of the weekend, because Gervais said he wants to make a third season.
He added: "But as I say, this is the first one I've - I think I'm gonna do a third because the world we've created is too good and rich."
After Life is available to stream on Netflix from 8am today (24 April).
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