Will the nail-biting series return for another round on Apple TV+? Continue reading to find out more about Hijack Season 2.
Attention all thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies! Are you already craving more and wondering if the seven-part thriller miniseries will be expanded and renewed for a second season or not? Then we can assure you that there is a chance that this gripping show might be back to take you deeper into the world of high-stakes hijackings like never before.
So, if you are curious to know what might be happening behind the scenes for the renewal, then you have reached the right place to get all your answers for the much-awaited second season!
It’s time to sit back, as we have got you covered with all the latest updates about the renewal status, potential release date, plot, cast, and episodes, which will be helpful for you to understand what new developments have been disclosed by the network so far. Here is everything we know so far about Apple TV+’s Hijack Season 2.
Hijack Season 2: Is it happening or not?
Despite the first season being a major success, there has been no official announcement from the network regarding the renewal of the show for a potential second season. We assume that the first season premiered just a few days ago; hence, it is impossible for the network to assess the show’s overall reception before confirming its approval for additional seasons, especially when the chances of ending the series as a trilogy are also not completely off the table as many major networks have started cost cutting and scraping shows prematurely.
If the show is able to perform remarkably well by maintaining the overall reception and viewership around the world in the coming weeks, just like the first season that received amazing reviewers, then the series might be considered to be greenlit for a second season.
On the bright side, since its debut, the first season on Rotten Tomatoes has a score of 86% from 57 critics’ reviews which are positive, with an average rating of 7/10. The website’s consensus reads: “Largely devoid of storytelling turbulence and benefiting greatly from its real-time pacing, Hijack is a glossy but effective thriller that achieves genuine liftoff.” Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 66 out of 100, based on 26 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews,” which is a good sign towards a potential renewal.
Hence, if we consider these receptions, then there is a chance that the network may opt to give it an early renewal by changing its course and announcing it within a month or two, maybe once the ongoing 2023 WGA and 2023 SAG-AFTRA strikes reach an agreement which sadly hasn’t happened yet. In the end, the decision to renew also comes down to the hands of the show creators, whether or not they see enough interest from viewers to justify another season. The network might also collaborate in allocating budgets and starting production on time.
That’s not all, recently Idris Elba, who plays Sam Nelson, talked with Variety, hinting whether the show will Return for Season 2 or not, quote, “Oh, gosh, I wish I could tell you that. I hope so but we’ll have to see.” Additionally, when Variety spoke to Idris Elba about a second season a few months ago, his main concern was how to bring Sam back in an authentic way. Have you started discussing that yet? He stated, “I mean, we’ve thought about it, obviously. And that is really challenging. It is something that you’re like, “Wow, how would you do that and it not be completely ridiculous?” We talk about it — but yeah, we’ll have to wait and see. I’m never gonna say no.”
So, it’s great to hear that Idris Elba is willing to play Nelson once more, but only provided the plot avoids another hijacking scenario since he thinks it would lessen the series’ impact.
Hence, it is this clear that the creators of the show are also on board with the idea of a potential second season to happen in the near future. So, we urge readers to keep a closer eye on social media to get updates if the renewal announcement is confirmed. Until then, viewers may still enjoy the previous season and make predictions about what new storylines might be explored in a potential second season, should it, by some divine intervention, get renewed sooner than what everyone has been anticipating!
Hijack Season 2: If renewed, when will it be released?
If the series is greenlit within the next few weeks, then there is a high chance that the second season might begin production sometime later this year only if the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes reach an agreement which might take some time to happen, as in a recent meeting which was held for the first time in more than three months! Sadly, the Writers Guild and the AMPTP on Friday failed to reach an agreement to resume contract negotiations. Their inability to agree on terms for returning to the bargaining table comes after their long-awaited meeting to discuss a possible resumption.
“As of now, there is no agreement on these items, because the AMPTP said they needed to consult with their member studios before moving forward,” the union said in a statement last Friday. Due to this, there is definitely no room for these questions, and we are convinced that the next season might take longer to get approved.
As a result, it might take an eighteen-month wait for it to release sometime around 2024 or even 2025, with the likely release window being around the summer season, just like the first season premiering in June 2023. At the earliest, we expect to see a second season in the Q2 of 2025. Hence, if you want to receive information on the potential renewal of Hijack Season 2, then the viewers may enable notifications to get all new updates. Until then, fans of the show can continue to enjoy the episodes from the first season and speculate about what more plotlines might be explored in the new season if, by some miracle, it gets an early renewal.
Hijack Season 2: What can we expect in the second season?
The series is told in real-time, “Hijack” is a tense thriller that follows the journey of a hijacked plane as it makes its way to London over a seven-hour flight, and authorities on the ground scramble for answers. Elba will star as Sam Nelson, an accomplished negotiator in the business world who needs to step up and use all his guile to try and save the lives of the passengers — but his high-risk strategy could be his undoing. So, there is a big acne that the show will be true to this premise and expands further for a second season.
Moreover, Idris Elba has said that he is more than willing to participate, telling Variety he was “open to” the idea of returning, but he has some definite conditions that appear more than fair on the face of things. He admitted it was all about the demand, but he was pretty firm in his belief that it couldn’t just be another hijacked plane because that would dilute the effectiveness of the series as a whole.
“What would be the acceptable scenario that he comes back? Because we’ve thought about this and obviously Apple has gone, ‘Well, we really love the show.’ And I think, you know, Rotten Tomatoes is at 92% at the moment, which is a good sign, but it’s kind of like — he’s not a cop — what would be the acceptable Sam Nelson return? And if I’m honest, I’m not sure. I’d like that, but I just don’t want to put him on another hijack. I’m open to that character coming back. I think if people were compelled to like the character, then I’m in.”
Hijack Season 2: Who will reprise their roles?
Even though the casting is still subject to change according to the plot, we speculate that the main cast members from the first season who are expected to reprise their roles in the new season if it ever happens are as follows:
Idris Elba as Sam Nelson, Neil Maskell as Stuart Atterton / Gerald Taylor, Christine Adams as Marsha Smith-Nelson, Eve Myles as Alice Sinclair, Archie Panjabi as DCI Zahra Gahfoor, Max Beesley as DI Daniel O’Farrel, Ben Miles as Captain Robin Allen, Hattie Morahan as Louise Aitchison, Neil Stuke as Neil Walsh, Kaisa Hammarlund as Anna Kovacs, Zora Bishop as Deevia Khan, Jeremy Ang Jones as Arthur, Kate Phillips as Collette Fisher, Jasper Britton as Terry Reid / Marcus Sutton, Jack McMullen as Lewis Atterton / Ryan Cunningham, Aimée Kelly as Jamie Constantinou / Bella Cunningham, and Mohamed Elsandel as Jaden / Alexander Kier.
This series is created by George Kay and Jim Field Smith, and it is produced by 60Forty Films, the production company set up by Emmy Award-winning executive producers Jamie Laurenson and Hakan Kousetta (“Slow Horses,” “The Essex Serpent”) under its exclusive content deal with Apple TV+, alongside Kay and Field Smith’s own production company Idiotlamp Productions, and also marks the first series to debut from Elba’s first-look deal with Apple TV+ and his Green Door Pictures. In addition to writing and directing, Kay and Field Smith each serves as executive producers alongside Elba, Laurenson, Kousetta, and Kris Thykier.
Hijack Season 2: What will be the official episode count and streaming options?
The exact episode count can differ, as the network might go ahead and agree to make the next season supersized if the story demands. So, at this point, anything can happen, but on the bright side, we are certain that the new season will try to keep at least seven episodes with an average runtime of 44–50 minutes, just like the first season, which premiered one episode on a weekly basis, in order to be consistent in their storylines and keep the fans interested.
So, we advise fans to be patient while they await this information, which will be released in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, you can also binge-watch the first season exclusively on Apple TV+, which 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 with a selection of membership tiers from which viewers can pick according to their preferences. On the other hand, international viewers can also use VPNs if their region doesn’t have access to the series.
Hijack Season 2 Official Trailer: Has it been released?
There is still a lot of time left for the official trailer to be released, as the series has not been renewed yet. Due to this, no new teaser has been published this early on! For the time being, we request that the readers check out the 2:15-minute official trailer of the first season, which was released by the network back on May 25, 2023, and showcases, “Sam, a talented business negotiator, must use his skills to broker a peaceful end to a hijacking of a seven-hour flight from Dubai to London.”
In the meantime, take a look at the official trailer of Hijack Season 1 below:
While you wait for Hijack Season 2 to get renewed by Apple TV+, share your overall opinions on the series in the comments.