Why You Shouldn’t Expect Evan Peters to Return for DAHMER Season 2

After playing serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Ryan Murphy's DAHMER, Evan Peters shared that he won't be playing a similar role anytime soon. See what the AHS alum had to say here.

By Charlotte Walsh Dec 13, 2022 4:04 PMTags
Watch: Why Evan Peters May NOT Return for Dahmer Season 2

Evan Peters won't be making another killer transformation anytime soon. 

The actor, who has portrayed serial killers on American Horror Story and DAHMER - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, is revealing why fans shouldn't expect him to return to the world of crime—at least in the near future. 

"I'm going to take a little break from darker roles and explore the light," Peters told Variety Dec. 12. "It would be interesting to me to play something that is a little closer to home, a little more mundane and to explore the details of those kinds of experiences."

Though DAHMER was renewed for seasons two and three, Peters seemingly won't be a part of it, with Netflix indicating the show is going in the anthology direction, sharing in a Nov. 7 statement that the next chapters "will tell the stories of other monstrous figures who have impacted society."

Peters has been open about the intense prep that he underwent to play the infamous Jeffrey Dahmer, who murdered and dismembered nearly 20 men on a 1978 to 1991 killing spree. In addition to extensive research and dialect training, the actor put weights on his arms to emulate Dahmer's walking style, and even wore his character's costume shoes, jeans and glasses for months to get into the role. But all that darkness took its toll. 

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"Doing the role, I wanted to give it 120 percent the whole way through, so I brought in a lot of darkness and negativity," he explained during an Oct. 29 panel. "It was just having that end goal in sight, knowing when we were going to wrap and finally being able to breathe and let it go and say, 'OK, now it's time to bring in the joy and the lightness and watch comedies and romances and go back to St. Louis and see my family and friends and watch Step Brothers."


Elsewhere in the Variety interview, creator Ryan Murphy defended the series being listed under Netflix's LGBTQ category tag—which is typically reserved for more uplifting content like Heartstopper and Sex Education— upon its debut in September.

"It's about homophobia," the Glee co-creator stated. "I have a saying, 'My job as an artist is to hold up a mirror about what happened.' It's ugly. It's not pretty. Do you want to look at it? If you do, watch it. If you don't, look away, and sometimes, some of this outrage is directed at the frame of the mirror instead of the reflection."

DAHMER - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is now available to stream on Netflix.

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