Actress and the star of The woman season two Khanyi Mbau has addressed fans’ concerns about the show in a Twitter thread that has gone viral.
Her thoughts come a day before new episodes go live on Showmax, like every Thursday.
“Morning guys! Big worries are flying around season 2 of the #thewifeshowmax. I think we are tackling this problem! Because I see it too! We’ve let you down, we haven’t given you what [you] had expected! A love story between Zandile and Nkosana. That’s what we all hoped to experience,” Khanyi began.
Through her observation, season one took time to explore the love story between Hlomu and Mqhele, which allowed the audience to fall in love with the couple.
“But season two didn’t give us enough love and company from Zandile and Nkosana and that’s why you are all so disappointed, so am I,” he added. Khanyi Mbau†
She adds that The woman season two has become more of a crime drama series that focuses on the crime elements that Zandile and the family deal with, as opposed to “a warm, sexy story about a man and woman who should be in love.”
Khanyi also acknowledged that the book the season is loosely based on tells more of a love story, adding that she believes this is why the audience is disappointed.
When a fan reminded her that some fans believe she’s the problem with the show, Khanyi simply replied, “Yeah, as they should, I’m playing Zandile pop.”
She surprised everyone by adding that she too is disappointed in the direction of the story because it differs from the version of the Zandile she came to know during her research preparing for the show.
“I too want to experience this deep love story. Honestly I was hoping for an African version of 50 Shades of Gray with [love], that’s how I imagined them. Your cries are heard and I understand.”
She concluded by thanking the fans for “holding on to the show” and showing loyalty.
†[Your] views mean so much to me as an actress and performer, but [you] don’t be mad, I feel you.”
When asked if she thinks the show can be saved at this point, she added; “I know they can and will.”
Fans seemed delighted at the chance to share their thoughts directly with Khanyi.
“Tomorrow, ayi season 2 uwushayi ndawo. Umuntu ubuka ama episodes angabi nane even want to post about it because there is just nothing appealing,” [The Wife season two is not going anywhere. One watches the episodes without even the slightest desire to even post about it because there is simply nothing enticing] replied @liciousmajae.
“They pack so many things into a 20 minute episode. Things just jump from one place to another like a headless chicken,” said @AmuFloyd.
A sticking point for most die-hard fans of both the show and the original book series seems to be the fact that Hlomu (Mbali Mavimbela) was sleeping with Qhawe (Kwenzo Ngcobo) towards the end of season one.
Based on the responses to Mbau’s tweets, many believe the show is beyond saving, but there is a significant group holding hopes for season three.
Only time will tell if Stained Glass photos and Khanyi can redeem themselves in the eyes of viewers of The woman.