In 2019, Amazon Prime Video’s dark neo-noir series Carnival Row opened a Pandora’s Box of faeries, fauns, and mythical creatures in it and left us with plenty of questions that needed to be answered. It’s been more than two years since Season 1 of Carnival Row premiered on the streaming platform on August 13, 2019.
Unlike the other big names in the franchise world (Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter), there is no source material to help the viewers navigate through this fantasy world of Carnival Row. There is no original story, no book or comic, but it is actually adapted from a film script, A Killing on Carnival Row, a feature film script written in 2005 by series co-creator Travis Beacham which never got made. The screenplay and the series version created by René Echevarria and Beacham both feature a Victorian fantasy world populated by humans and faeries struggling to co-exist.
Even before the first season of Carnival Row premiered, the series was renewed for a second season, putting its epic and fantasy world even further into the spotlight.
Here’s everything you need to know about Carnival Row Season 2:
When will Carnival Row Season 2 release?
Amazon Prime hasn’t announced any official release date for Carnival Row Season 2. But the production of Season 2was completed in September 2021. Considering how Carnival Row Season 1 premiered one year after the end of production, Season 2 may get a release date in 2022 itself.
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Carnival Row Season 2 Plot: What is Carnival Row Season 2 about?
The Victorian fantasy world of Carnival Row is apparently bigger than we’d ever imagined. Season 1 would have left you with a lot of questions since it was only an introduction to the fantasy world. According to showrunner Marc Guggenheim, there are going to be things in Season 2 that won’t pay off until Season 4. (Does that mean Carnival Row is getting more seasons? We think, yes!)
“It’s something we love in the shows that we enjoy watching, is planting seeds that pay off in subsequent seasons. And actually, we’re doing that in Season 2. There’s things that are being put into Season 2 that won’t pay off until Season 4. If we’re that fortunate, to get to a Season 4,” he said in an interview with EW.
Guggenheim even went to confirm about the “stress-test” of Vignette and Philo’s romantic relationship in Season 2, meaning more drama.
“When we see Vignette again at the start of season 2, she’s the same character, in very, very, very different circumstances than we left her in. And we were intrigued by this notion of these two people who, you know, they fell in love under heightened circumstances, they got back together under heightened circumstances. We wanted to stress-test that relationship. And one of the ways we elected to do that was to kind of put Philo and Vignette on opposite sides of a problem. And that’s a lot of fun.”
Season 1 centered around the Republic of Burgue, but Season 2 is going to explore at least two more countries, which expands the world in a bigger way. “We’re going to go to at least two more countries, and two more locations, in addition to the Burgue,” co-creator Beacham said of season two locations. (EW)
While Season 1 of the series had faeries, fauns, and many other mythical creatures, some brought by science and some by magic, Season Two is going to have even more of them. Elves, goblins, and other fantasy creatures we’d never seen before. “In season 2, we’re going to literally double the number of fantasy creatures we see on the show,” Beacham teased about the Season 2 world of Carnival Row in an interview with The Verge.
“We’re looking at different varieties of pucks and fairies—different horn shapes and different wing shapes, races within races. But beyond that, you’re going to get some creatures that are our version of elves, and some creatures that would be goblin-like, and a host of other things. The menagerie of the world is really going to expand in Season 2, quite a lot,” he said.
Carnival Row Season 2 Cast:
The expected returning series regulars include Cara Delevingne as Vignette Stonemoss, Orlando Bloom as Rycroft “Philo” Philostrate, Tamzin Merchant, David Gyasi, Karla Crome, Simon McBurney, Andrew Gower, Caroline Ford, and Arty Froushan, and more talented cast members. Considering the big expansion of the fantasy world, new cast members are expected to join in Carnival Row Season 2.
Where to watch Carnival Row?
Carnival Row is exclusively available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. You can catch up and dive into the epic fantasy world of Carnival Row before the premiere of the Carnival Row Season 2.