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The Diplomat Season 2.
After looking at the current status of the various streaming platforms, it’s not far-fetched to say that the 2023–24 fall streaming season has been rough for them, as the plans to include all the new and old series have sadly been revised due to the halt in production caused by the ongoing 2023 WGA strike along with the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike.
The dual strikes have put the majority of Hollywood production houses into a complete standstill as both actors and writers have joined hands in solidarity to protest for a fair compensation agreement for the first time in many years!
This is a big deal for the entertainment industry, making it one of the reasons why the remaining fall schedule had to be changed in order to ensure that the rollout of content is still intact and that viewers around the world would get a chance to at least see their favorite shows from previous seasons. As of right now, negotiations about these strikes are still ongoing, and they don’t seem to end anytime soon, as many reports have suggested that they might get extended until October 2023.
It’s safe to say that fans should not raise expectations! They have many other things to be worried about, like the biggest question, which has been spreading like wildfire all over social media, with fans questioning whether the reports hold any truth to them: the rumors about many of Netflix’s popular shows being canceled, including The Diplomat, that have already been renewed, are circulated on the web, and the fans are eagerly seeking answers as they anxiously await news about this beloved show that has ruled the top 10 global charts since its release!
There is no doubt that the show has managed to capture the hearts of viewers around the world in only one season, which is quite impressive!
However, amidst swirling rumors and speculation, these concerns are understandable, as the fate of the many series has been uncertain since the dual strikes have gained more momentum each passing week. If you are curious to know about the future of this series with the second season that was renewed back in May 2023, then you have reached the right place to get all the answers! Firstly, we want to clarify the air by assuring the readers that there is nothing to be worried about, as The Diplomat Season 2 isn’t being scrapped anytime soon!
It has managed to stay at the top of the streaming charts for weeks, which is one of the reasons why the network has kept it safe from being discontinued prematurely. The show’s dedicated fanbase has also taken to social media, showcasing their love, which makes further clear that the demand for the series is still skyrocketing, and there is no chance that the network will cancel it this early on, especially when the demand and viewership of the show have been growing, and we are certain it will continue to grow with a second season when it is released on Netflix!
In short, there is nothing for The Diplomat fans to fear about the second season, which is still happening with a few exceptions, as it will not be a part of the 2023–34 fall streaming season.
The Diplomat Season 2 Expected Release Date: When will it premiere on Netflix?
We know that it’s been a while since the series was renewed for the second season back in May 2023, so it is way too early for the network to release information about the official release date, as we are certain that the filming hasn’t even fully begun for the new episodes due to the ongoing 2023 Writers Guild of America strike along with the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, which has put a halt on the majority of writers room until a resolution is made in favor of the writer’s and actor’s compensation.
According to What’s on Netflix, the second season of The Diplomat began filming in June 2023!
Although it is unknown when or how the next season’s episodes were written, reports claim to have seen Keri Russell and Rufus Sewell filming sequences at St. Paul’s Cathedral in early June. But, the filming for the second season was halted in August 2023 owing to the SAG-AFTRA actors’ strike. The series is shot in the United Kingdom, where Equity normally covers its actors, although the cast includes SAG-AFTRA members and is under contract with that union.
Hence, it’s unknown how much of the season was shot prior to the strike, which occurred after just about a month of production. There is also no confirmed date for when filming may resume, as it is unknown whether any of the two strikes could end, as negotiations are suspected to last until October 2023, leaving no possibility for the new season to premiere in 2023! So, there is a chance that the show will be delayed further as the strikes have gained more momentum.
Moreover, we have observed that the gap between seasons for many original series usually tends to be roughly a year, which is typical for a show of this caliber to wrap up its meticulous production on schedule. As per our guess, if the production does begin sometime later this year, then we can assume that the new season might arrive as early as late 2024 or even 2025!
To say the least, the change in the release window depends on the duration of the strikes, as they will directly impact the screen for the three production stages because the creators surely want to deliver a good show to their core audience, who loved the first season! While you wait for more updates, check out the renewal announcement post as shared on Netflix’s official Twitter handle, quoting, “The Diplomat has been renewed for Season 2.”
The Diplomat has been renewed for Season 2. pic.twitter.com/bnfaLvfoU1
— Netflix (@netflix) May 1, 2023
What to expect from The Diplomat Season 2?
If you have streamed this political thriller series, then you’ll know that the next season is expected to pick up right where the first season left off, and the viewers got to see that in London, Hal’s actions cause friction as Kate heads to Paris with Dennison to get a handle on the Lenkov situation, which soon takes a shocking turn. The series will definitely be true to its theme and character arcs, which have been hailed from the mind of Debora Cahn and which the audience has loved so far!
The series will elaborate more on the international crisis and follow Kate Wyler, a career diplomat who lands a high-profile job she neither wants nor believes she is suited for as the new US Ambassador to the United Kingdom. She has to forge strategic alliances in London and adjust to her new place in the spotlight – all while trying to survive her marriage to fellow career diplomat and political star Hal Wyler.
To add more context about those future plotlines, Jinny Howe, Vice President of Drama Series at Netflix, commented, “Fans around the world are loving every minute of The Diplomat’s gripping and propulsive drama, and embracing Keri Russell’s powerful performance as Kate Wyler. After that jaw-dropping cliffhanger, we can’t wait for them to see what the amazing visionary team of Debora Cahn, Janice Williams, and Keri Russell have in store for Season 2.”
“I wanted it to make people want more,” says series creator Debora Cahn of the finale. “I wanted to bring together all of the different dynamics of the political relationships and the personal relationships in one event that splits apart all at the same time.” Adds Sewell, “All I know is that if you resolve it one way or another too quickly, we’re screwed. I like to think there are enough problems to last us [a few seasons].”
In addition to this, Keri Russell also stated, “I am thrilled to be headed back for another round of this smart screwball show. Dare I say it’s fun? Thank you, Netflix, for giving us another shot.” Even Cahn, who also serves as showrunner, can’t contain excitement for the new season, quoting, “We had such a great time making The Diplomat. And it’s a thrill to see how much people are enjoying it. We’re so glad we get to do it again!”
Moreover, David Gyasi, who plays Austin Dennison, foreign secretary of the U.K. in the series, told Tudum that he hopes Season 2 will expand upon the relationship between Austin and Kate. “I’m just excited to see what that relationship [becomes],” Gyasi said. “They’re so opposite to one another, and yet, when you scratch the surface, [you see] what drives them [and they’re] probably more connected to one another than a lot of other characters.”
After looking at these comments, one thing is clear the future of the series is in safe hands, and the fans can be relieved as it seems like their patience is about to be rewarded as the excitement builds as it becomes evident that the creators are committed to delivering a thrilling and unforgettable experience for the second season, which the viewers truly deserve to see after showering such major love on the first season as Keri Russell was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series at the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards.
The Diplomat Season 2 Expected Cast: Who will reprise their roles?
Even though not much has been confirmed, we speculate that the main cast members who are expected to return in the second season are as follows: Keri Russell as Kate Wyler, newly appointed US ambassador to the UK; Rufus Sewell as Hal Wyler, Kate’s husband and a former ambassador who struggles with his lack of a posting; David Gyasi as Austin Dennison, UK Foreign Secretary; Ali Ahn as Eidra Park, CIA station chief; Rory Kinnear as Nicol Trowbridge, UK prime minister; and Ato Essandoh as Stuart Hayford, deputy chief of mission of the US embassy in London.
Considering how the first season concluded, it is obvious that the futures of a few characters are still quite uncertain!
If you recall, characters such as Hal Wyler and Ato Essandoh are among those who might be murdered, but we are certain about it, so there is a chance they will be back. On the other hand, the recurring cast members who are also expected to return include Celia Imrie as Margaret Roylin, Miguel Sandoval as Miguel Ganon, Nana Mensah as Billie Appiah, John Schwab as Roger Post, Michael McKean as William Rayburn, and T’Nia Miller as Cecilia Dennison. The series is from Debora Cahn, who is also an executive producer alongside Janice Wiliams, Keri Russell, and Alex Graves.
The Diplomat Season 2 Official Episode Count: Where to stream?
Even though it is not official, the next season is expected to be consistent with the official episode count and includes at least eight episodes with a minimum runtime of approximately 50 minutes. We would like to highlight that the creators of the show can also increase the number if they want to expand further on the series and make a supersized season, which will be confirmed if it happens by the network later as the release date draws near.
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For now, we urge the readers to stream the first season to be up to date with all the plotlines, which are now available to be watched exclusively on Netflix, with other series of the same genre also accessible with a wide range of membership options depending on the package you choose. The basic membership starts at $9.99 per month, and the standard membership starts at $15.49 per month, with no additional cost for any of their services.
The Diplomat Season 2 Official Trailer: Has it been released?
Unfortunately, the network has not yet released any new official teasers or trailers for The Diplomat Season 2, as the filming is currently on a temporary halt due to the 2023 Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike along with the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, which hasn’t come to a resolution yet. It will certainly take time to publish such promotional material, maybe once the strikes conclude and the filming finally commences. On the positive side, the writers and the studios are set to sit down to resume negotiations.
“The WGA and AMPTP now have a confirmed schedule to bargain this, starting on Wednesday. You might not hear from us in the coming days while we are negotiating but know that our focus is getting a fair deal for writers as soon as possible. We’ll reach out again when there is something of significance to report. In the meantime, please continue to demonstrate your commitment and unity by coming out to the picket lines – for yourselves and fellow writers, SAG-AFTRA, other unions’ members, and all those in our community who are impacted by the strikes,” the guild noted.
In the meantime, check out the official trailer for the first season to recall what transpired in the season, which received a fairly good reception from critics and viewers around the world. Rotten Tomatoes reported an 83% approval rating with an average rating of 7.8/10 based on 53 critic reviews. The website’s critics’ consensus reads, “Keri Russell’s scrappy performance negotiates the best possible terms for The Diplomat, a soapy take on statecraft that manages to make geopolitical crises highly binge-able entertainment.” Metacritic assigned a score of 75 out of 100 based on 21 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews.”
Kate Wyler (Keri Russell) is the new US Ambassador to the United Kingdom. She was supposed to go to Afghanistan. She’s great in a crisis zone. In a historic home… less so. War is brewing on one continent and boiling over on another. Kate will have to diffuse international crises, forge strategic alliances in London, and adjust to her new place in the spotlight — all while trying to survive her marriage to fellow career diplomat and political star Hal Wyler (Rufus Sewell). From showrunner Debora Cahn (The West Wing, Homeland), The Diplomat is a high-stakes, contemporary political drama about the transcendence and torture of long-term relationships between countries and people.
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