Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin, and Jeff Lowe are back for more “batshit crazy” stuff — as one person comments — in the new trailer for Tiger King 2. The next season of the show about the illicit world of big cat ownership arrives on November 17th via Netflix.
Other regulars from the first series also appear, including Tim Stark, Allen Glover, and James Garretson. The series kicks off with Exotic behind bars after trying to hire two men to kill animal rights activist Baskin.
As the true-crime documentary presented in the first series, Exotic owned a zoo in Oklahoma with some nefarious practices. The series explores his years-long feud with Baskin, who owns Big Cat Rescue in Florida. Exotic was arrested and convicted in a murder-for-hire scheme for hiring a hitman to kill her, and the conviction also included violations of the Lacey Act and the Endangered Species Act. He was given a 22-year sentence in federal prison.
“If I have to make a deal with the devil, I will make a deal with the devil,” Exotic says in the clip. The trailer hints at more murder, mayhem, scheming, and sex, and promises the new series “turns up the heat and unearths stunning revelations.”
The official description of Season 2 reads: “With Joe Exotic behind bars and Carole Baskin closing in on ownership of his disreputable zoo, the Emmy-nominated saga continues its twisted course with ‘Tiger King 2’ as newfound revelations emerge on the motivations, backstories, and secrets of America’s most notorious big cat owners. Old enemies and frenemies, including Jeff Lowe, Tim Stark, Allen Glover, and James Garretson return for another season of murder, mayhem, and madness. Thought you knew the whole story? Just you wait.”
“The further you go, the wilder, the deeper, the deadlier it gets,” the video reads, juxtaposed with shots of big cats, home-movie footage and talking-head interviews. The teaser also features shots of protest signs and people chanting “FREE JOE EXOTIC!”
Exotic adds in the trailer, “We’ve gotta put our differences aside or we’re all gonna die in here.”
“If I have to make a deal with the devil, I will make a deal with the devil,” he continues.
The new season of “Tiger King” was announced on Sept. 23 along with a cryptic teaser. “Tiger King is coming back this year — and Season 2 promises just as much mayhem and madness as Season 1!” Netflix hyped in the tweet at the time.
“Tiger King” star and zookeeper Erik Cowie died last month, his body found lying face down at his friend’s New York home. He was 53, and the cause of death was declared acute and chronic alcohol use. Cowie testified against Exotic during his trial and helped send the animal wrangler to jail. Exotic told the Daily Mail shortly after Cowie’s death he “got what he deserved.”