When will Lumon Industries return with the “severance” program? Continue reading to find out more about Severance Season 2.
Are you ready, beloved fans? If yes, then we can assure you that the highly anticipated continuation of the gripping and suspenseful series is expected to be filled with even more jaw-dropping moments that will keep them hooked from start to finish. After all, the show promises to delve deeper into the dark underbelly of corporate culture while exploring the blurred lines between reality and illusion, just like the first season, which will soon return to perfectly capture the essence of what you’ve come to know and love about Severance!
As a result, there is no doubt left that the anticipation of knowing what the series has in store is something that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. To curb all your worries, we have provided all the latest details about the highly anticipated second season for you right here at Web News Observer. It’s time to not miss out on how the show will embark on spectacular and unexpected plot twists and character arcs that will leave you on the edge of your seat, craving more crucial answers than ever before!
Here is everything we know so far about Severance Season 2.
Severance Season 2 Expected Release Date: When will it return on Apple TV+?
After being renewed back in April 2022, everyone expected that the highly awaited second season was going to be a part of the 2023–24 streaming season! But sadly, all the hopes of the fans were short-lived, as the season’s scheduled premiere has been put on hold! Thanks to the ongoing dual strikes, which include the 2023 WGA strike along with the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, which doesn’t seem to end anytime soon and has directly caused many production houses to halt their work temporarily.
This is quite unfortunate when we consider the fact that filming began in New York and New Jersey and was set to wrap on May 12, 2023. However, on May 8, 2023, production of the season was shut down due to the 2023 Writers Guild of America strike, which later resumed with filming occurring in Newfoundland, but it was stopped once again. Since then, there has been no confirmation if Severance Season 2 filming was completed before the actors went on strike.
As cast members Adam Scott, Britt Lower, Sydney Cole Alexander, Jen Tullock, and Tramell Tillman were out picketing in May, as shared on an official Instagram post, most have been strong supporters of the strikes. So, even if the production was complete beforehand, then there should be no delay in the release of the new season. But sadly, if the crew was not able to complete the shoot, then the season will most certainly be pushed back.
At the time of writing this, no one knows what the status of the show stands, making the chances of this beloved series making its comeback by late 2023 seem entirely off the table because a show of this caliber needs proper additional shoots and post-production, which can take up to three months of additional work that won’t be able to be completed even if the strikes reach an agreement within the next few weeks.
As a result, we speculate that the release date will be shifted until next year in order to avoid any hurdles in the way on the production stage due to the lack of active writers and actors that are taking part in the ongoing strikes, which might last until October 2023, as the negotiations are still happening. As a result, our best prediction is that the series might make its comeback sometime in the first quarter (January, February, and March) or the second quarter (April, May, and June) of 2024.
Of course! This can only happen if production commences by the end of this year.
Until then, we’ll just have to wait, as more details will be confirmed later. Last but not least, we strongly advise our readers to follow social media in order to be informed about all the recent information as it becomes available in the upcoming weeks. To stay up-to-date on the situation of the strikes, the readers should also pay attention to the official statements made by credible sources in the press releases that will be issued in the near future.
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Severance Season 2 Plot: What to expect from the new season?
If you have streamed the first season, then you’ll know that this science fiction psychological thriller television series created by Dan Erickson follows, “In ‘Severance,’ Mark Scout (Adam Scott) leads a team at Lumon Industries, whose employees have undergone a severance procedure, which surgically divides their memories between their work and personal lives. This daring experiment in “work-life balance” is called into question as Mark finds himself at the center of an unraveling mystery that will force him to confront the true nature of his work… and of himself.”
Even though the series creator Dan Erickson didn’t have much to reveal at the Severance Comic-Con panel, held back in 2022, he did state that the second season would definitely focus on “building out the world a little bit more, and with this tweak to reality, what the ramifications would be.” And when asked whether the show will explain what the deal is with the goats, Erickson simply replied, “Yeah.” Great! “In Season Two, we’re going to be showing all of these people on the outside,” the show creators also told Entertainment Weekly.
“Similar to Mark, they each had their own reason for getting this procedure, and they’re all at some stage of a healing process for one thing or another… Being able to take what Adam did in the first season – with the differentiation between his innie and outie, and how they feel like the same person but with this vastly different lived experience – seeing the other three characters’ version of that dichotomy is, I think, the most exciting part.”
Warning: Major spoilers ahead!
As a matter of fact, we are certain that the second season will definitely pick up plotlines from the first season’s final episode, “The We Were,” which was released back on April 8, 2022, and is directed by Ben Stiller and written by Dan Erickson. In the episode, the viewers finally got to know and see that Mark’s innie awakens in Devon’s home and finds himself hugging Cobel. While excusing himself to find Devon, he calls Cobel by name, alerting her that the overtime contingency has been activated.
Cobel calls Milchick and has him check the security office. Mark privately reveals to Devon that he is in innie form; Devon tells him of Gemma’s death and learns that “Mrs. Selvig” is Mark’s boss. Devon encourages Mark to report Lumon’s misdeeds to the press as Lumon likely controls the police. Irving wakes up in his apartment, discovering his outie’s paintings and background in the U.S. Navy, and finds a map and employee directory in the closet which he uses to locate Burt.
Helly wakes up at a Lumon gala where she learns that her outie is Helena Eagan – daughter of Lumon CEO Jame Eagan – who underwent severance to build public support for legalizing the procedure. Cobel races to the gala and attempts to stop Helly from making a scheduled speech. Later in the episode, the viewers finally get to see that Milchick has reached the security office and cuts his way through the makeshift restraints Dylan has placed on the door.
Helly gets onstage and tells the crowd of the innies’ subjugation and torment. Irving arrives at Burt’s house only to find he is already in a relationship. Mark finds a photo confirming Ms. Casey to be Gemma. He rushes to tell Devon but is only able to say, “She’s alive!” before Milchick tackles Dylan, deactivating the overtime contingency and reverting the three to their outie state. To say the least, it’s an exciting cliffhanger to continue the story, as the fans will also appreciate it this way!
Creator Dan Erickson also stated, “There’s definitely going to be some expansion of the world.”
“Within Lumon, we’re going to see more of the building, and we’ll see more of the outside world, too.” “There’s an overall plan for the show. I have an endpoint in mind, and I intentionally didn’t plan it season by season, because I wanted it to be flexible enough that we could get there in two seasons or six seasons. I want to allow us to be surprised by where the show goes. There’s a sense of what Lumon is trying to do, and the role that our main characters are going to play in that, and where it all will culminate. It’s really exciting to think about taking the next step on that trip.”
Severance Season 2 Expected Cast: Who will reprise their roles?
Attention fans! The main cast members of the second season have been confirmed, and it includes Emmy Award nominee Adam Scott, Academy and Emmy Award winner Patricia Arquette, Emmy Award winner John Turturro, Britt Lower, Zach Cherry, Dichen Lachman, Jen Tullock, Tramell Tillman, Michael Chernus, and Academy Award-winner Christopher Walken. That’s not all. Much to everyone’s surprise, the official press announcement has also confirmed that the much-awaited second season will also expand its core cast with eight new stars, which are as follows:
- Oscar and Emmy Award nominee Bob Balaban (“The Chair,” “The Politician,” “The French Dispatch,” “Isle of Dogs”)
- Robby Benson (“Beauty and The Beast,” “One on One”)
- Stefano Carannante (“Mirabilia”)
- Emmy Award nominee Gwendoline Christie (“Game of Thrones,” “The Sandman,” “Wednesday”)
- John Noble (“Fringe,” “Elementary,” “The Lord of the Rings” films)
- Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (“The Tourist,” “Trapped,” “The Missing”)
- Alia Shawkat (“Search Party,” “Being the Ricardos,” “The Old Man”)
- Emmy Award winner Merritt Wever (“Godless,” “Unbelievable,” “Nurse Jackie”)
That’s not all! Much to everyone’s surprise, the creators have also shared some fascinating news about the season-two guest cameos, “For me there are a lot, people like Christopher Guest I kind of imagine: ‘Wow that would be amazing if someday he might be a part of the show,'” Stiller said in this report by The Hollywood Reporter. Further adding, “It’s fun when you have a show like this where it allows for people to maybe come in for an episode or two but also fit into the world of Severance.”
“Severance,” is written and created by Dan Erickson. Ben Stiller directs and serves as executive producer alongside Erickson, Nicky Weinstock, Jackie Cohn, Mark Friedman, and Adam Scott. Caroline Baron and Sam Donovan also serve as executive producers, and Richie Schwartz executive produces for Red Hour Films. In addition to starring, Patricia Arquette serves as producer for season two. Fifth Season is the studio. Endeavor Content serves as the studio.
Severance Season 2 Official Episode Count: Where to stream?
Although the exact number of episodes for Severance Season 2 has yet to be published, we cannot predict the total number of episodes for the future season because the first season had only 9 episodes with a runtime of 40 to 57 minutes. As a result, the exact amount for the forthcoming season cannot be predicted as they may vary in the number of episodes, which is ultimately dependent on the plot that the show intends to convey to the audience, which has been turned into a screenplay to look for and see the unexplored dynamics.
As we know by now, Severance is an exclusive series created for Apple TV+, so it makes sense why Season 2 will be available to stream on this platform only. The prior seasons are already available on the platform. This streaming platform offers premium, compelling drama and comedy series, feature films, groundbreaking documentaries, and kids and family entertainment and is available to watch across all your favorite screens. Hence, the series will only be available to stream exclusively on Apple TV+ with a selection of membership tiers from which viewers can pick according to their preference.
Is there a trailer for Severance Season 2?
The network hasn’t released any new promos for the new season as filming hasn’t concluded yet, leaving a lot of time for the official marketing to begin, which usually begins a month or two before the official premiere on the network. We’ll just have to wait and see what the next few months have in store for us in relation to the 2023 Writers Guild of America strike along with the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, as everything concerning the dual strikes is still under negotiations. Hence, the series’ current filming status is also neither here nor there! Ultimately, it’s pretty much clear that there’s going to be a huge chance that there will be a delay in the release of such promos.
In the meantime, check out the first season trailer of Severance, which was met with critical acclaim. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 97% of 107 critics’ reviews are positive, with an average rating of 8.5/10. The website’s consensus reads: “Audacious, mysterious, and bringing fresh insight into the perils of corporate drudgery, Severance is the complete package.” Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 83 out of 100 based on 36 critics, indicating “universal acclaim.” The American Film Institute named it one of the ten best television programs of the year.
The official synopsis reads: “From director and executive producer Ben Stiller and creator Dan Erickson comes “Severance.” Mark Scout leads a team at Lumon Industries, whose employees have undergone a severance procedure, which surgically divides their memories between their work and personal lives. This daring experiment in “work-life balance” is called into question as Mark finds himself at the center of an unraveling mystery that will force him to confront the true nature of his work… and of himself.” Take a look at the official trailer for the first season below:
While you wait for more Severance Season 2 updates on Web News Observer, catch up on the previous episodes on Apple TV+.