And without spoiling anything, I can tell you that all the queer characters aren’t killed off, for once!

BY LUCAN FAIRWEATHER, IMAGE VICO ORTIZ IN OUR FLAG MEANS DEATH (HBO MAX)

With Our Flag Means Death (OFMD) renewed for a second season, here’s everything to expect for the show’s release in the UK.

David Jenkins’ and Taika Waititi’s hit HBO show has gathered a large following of queer fans who are relieved to have positive LGBTQI representation in popular media. The period rom-com loosely follows the story of real-life “Gentleman Pirate” Stede Bonnet (played by Rhys Darby) in the year 1717, supported by his quirky queer crew and the infamous pirate Blackbeard (Taika Waititi.)

And without spoiling anything, I can tell you that all the queer characters aren’t killed off, for once!

Unfortunately HBO Max can’t be accessed in the UK without a VPN, and there are no plans to make it available in the UK until 2025.

There is no official release date or platform for OFMD in the UK yet. However, typically HBO’s partnership with Sky means it should be released on both Sky as well as NOW for those with an Entertainment Membership in the coming months.

With OFMD renewed for a second season during Pride Month, here’s what we have to look forward to upon its UK release.

An incredible cast

The perfect casting of Our Flag Means Death really brings the show to life. We get to see a great mix of well-known actors and comedians, and new actors starting their career off with a bang. Notable cast members include Trainspotting’s Ewen Bremner, Tony Award winner Con O’Neill, and Kristian Nairn, known for Game of Thrones. Regardless of their roots, you can tell the cast are able to bounce humour off of each other with ease.

Queer representation

Not only do we get to see several canon queer relationships in the show, we also get some incredible non-binary representation played by Puerto Rican non-binary actor and drag king, Vico Ortiz. In a TikTok, Ortiz explains how they recommended their character wear a binder throughout the show. They are also an activist who advocates for trans and non-binary rights.

BIPOC representation

Based in the Golden Age of Piracy, the show conveys the realities of BIPOC at the time, particularly those who had to become pirates, without brushing over their history. They present issues such as slavery and the genocide of indigenous communities throughout the plot. This is represented through a diverse cast of main and supporting characters of various BIPOC communities.

Found family

OFMD unapologetically plays into our favourite fan fiction tropes from the very beginning. Stede Bonnet and his patchwork crew of pirates quickly take on the role of a found family who support and care for each other, though in unconventional ways.

Raw emotion

Despite being predominantly hilarious, this doesn’t stop the show from having deep emotion in a way that fleshes out its characters and resonates with your soul. Otherwise ruthless characters share trauma and grow in a way that breaks up the fast-paced comedy of the show.

With all this to look forward to, we can’t wait for the UK release of Our Flag Means Death!

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