“What if what we see is not what’s out there?”
This deep connotation leads us to an opening where reality eludes the masses as they are force-fed and manipulated into internalizing a truth without a single word of protest. Such a dystopian future is the ideal utopia for narcissistic individuals who flourish off of mass hysteria caused by the fear of the unknown. They can’t speak. They can’t ask questions. What they are fed, they digest. And anyone who wishes to falter from the regular order, dies.
Apple TV+ knew what message they were putting across with their infamous dystopian post-apocalyptic drama, Silo. It synced with the subconscious minds of its viewers and immersed them into binge-watching the entire season. Not just that, they left the viewers skewering for more when they left them in the throes of a massive cliffhanger. It was an answer to the question the viewers had been asking throughout the entire season, but it left them with even more concerning questions. So clearly, viewers didn’t get any closure on the matter.
Rotten Tomatoes reported a 88% approval rating with an average rating of 7.4/10, based on 56 critic reviews. The website’s critics’ consensus reads, “With deft writing, awe-inspiring production design, and the inestimable star power of Rebecca Ferguson, Silo is a mystery box well worth opening.” Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 75 out of 100 based on 20 critics, indicating generally favorable reviews.
After much anticipation the popular science fiction dystopian drama television series, which was created by Graham Yost and based on the Wool series of novels by author Hugh Howey was renewed for a second season, which was confirmed by Apple TV+ on June 20, 2023. So what is the current status of Silo Season 2 you ask? Well, we have all the answers you need right here, so continue reading.
Silo Season 2: Estimated Release Date and Current Production Status
As we ponder upon when our dystopian sci-fi series will reach us for Season 2, we must learn of its current production status amidst the bleak WGA SAG-AFTRA strike situation that has been going on for three months now and is in no position of a negotiation to simmer down.
Production resource KFTV has recently reported that Silo Season 2 was already filming as of June 2023, despite the ongoing strikes on various networks that have stopped production. So, if Silo Season 2 follows a similar timeline, then we can expect it to arrive by
early 2025. Moreover, in a recent interview, Rebecca Ferguson broke down the current status of Silo Season 2, quote:
“But I m in it right now. We’re shooting [season 2], so I m very excited. Further adding, “Yes, of course. I m producing it, and we had all of the script changes and everything before the strike so that we’re able to continue to do it, thanks to ’all of the preparations that we did. I m full in. I m soul, heart, and body in this project, and it s really good. I think season 1 was very, very good, but it’s nothing compared to what we’re doing now. We’ve done the introduction. We know the characters. Now it can go dark. Now things can happen.”
This means that scripts for Silo Season 2 are ready, and filming is underway. All is well. Right?
Well, it was until a shocking confirmation via Deadline which stated that shooting for Silo Season 2 had been put on hiatus for an indefinite period. While Apple kept mute on this, insider information has confirmed this. Sigh!
Looks like it will be a hot while before we uncover the mysterious cliffhanger we were left with in Season 1.
Based on this unfortunate sudden turn of events, it is challenging to predict a release date for Silo Season 2. However, taking the strike situation, the remaining portion of filming, production, and post-production for such a high VFX series, our prediction is an early 2025 release! It is important to know that this is not a cemented prediction and is prone to change with the changing announcements that will come our way.
Stay tuned to this space so you don’t miss out on any important updates regarding Silo Season 2.
Silo Season 2: Expected Plot
In a ruined and toxic future, thousands live in a giant silo deep underground. After its sheriff breaks a cardinal rule and residents die mysteriously, engineer Juliette (Rebecca Ferguson) starts to uncover shocking secrets and the truth about the silo.
As mysterious as the synopsis reads, we promise you it does not cover even half the weird events and mysterious plot lines that creep up throughout the episodes.
The story follows an underground silo where the remaining 10,000 humans on this planet live to preserve themselves from the poisonous air in the outside world. The trailer opens with the saying,
” We do not know why we are here. We do not know who built the silo, but we know that the world outside is death.”
Incidentally, to live, the residents cannot go out of the silo, or else they will meet their deaths. To make things more convincing, there is a monitor inside, which is like a projector showing what is happening outside the world of the silo at all times so that no one is encouraged to go out. It shows a barren land which indicates that life outside the silo is indeed dead. Those that proved to be rebels and decided to walk ahead outside almost instantaneously died, which was also shown in the projector inside where the 10,000 people watched.
The status quo was maintained until we came across Juliette, a woman working in the Mechanical, who, in an unfortunate turn of events, wanted to get to the bottom of the truth.
Under this premise, here are some riveting plotlines Silo Season 2 will probably explore:
Bernard Retrieved the Hard Drive
At first glance, it may seem like the hard drive is a redundant piece of prop in the series, but it looks like it is far more crucial than is being let on. Some databases in that hard drive are not meant to be explored, so when Juliette asks too many questions about it, Bernard smashes it to bits.
Then why does he begin assembling the broken pieces? Was some data there that was valuable to him to continue his reign in the Silo? Or was it something Julietta could leverage and use against him?
We have an itch that it has something to do with the other silos we saw in the ending sequence of the finale. Guess we will just have to wait for Season 2 to get our question answered.
The Key (No. 18) Blinked Red
This, again, may seem like a superfluous prop in the series, but the no. 18 signifies something. Think about it. The ending sequence showed us at least over 40 silos. Maybe they were numbered, and the no.18 may have signified the number assigned to Bernard’s silo.
So, why did it blink red?
Here is what we deduced. The innumerable silos may signify different countries having their leaders (like Bernard) who communicate underground through these keys. When it blinks red, maybe another leader is trying to communicate with the other. Also, the chamber, which was opened with the key, seemed to have classified information that was not supposed to be seen by anyone. For example, maybe the holograms of a lush green garden that Julietta saw when she went outside were controlled through this room because that’s when Bernard goes inside the chamber to check something.
White Smoke Before Juliette Went Outside
This is something that intrigued the viewers. Essentially, you sanitize a person after they come inside, not on their way out. So, what was the need for the white smoke?
In other news, no cleaner ever came back inside after cleaning the outside lenses. It’s as if they knew they would die because of the poisonous air outside. But Juliette didn’t die. She survived well past the border of the Silo and climbed over its premise.
If you noticed, she wore a different pair of tape on her arm, which Martha secured for her before she went out. Maybe that is why she survived.
So, was the white smoke used to poison the workers before they went out to clean? So that by the time they were done, the poison spread and they died, which everyone from the projector inside could see. Maybe they were intentionally poisoned to show the population inside how poisonous the air is outside so that no one ever wishes to step out.
This is probably something Season 2 will answer.
Significance Of The Cleaning Wool
Again, this may seem like a negligible thing to notice, but it has great significance. The wool which Juliette used to clean the CCTV camera lens is significant in Hugh Howey’s book Wool, on which his series is based.
‘Pulling the wool over their eyes’ is a phrase that connotes deception. The same thing may be shown in Silo. When Juliette cleans the lens with wool, she is essentially “pulling the wool over their eyes” and eluding them from seeing reality.
This doubt will also probably be answered in Silo Season 2.
We think Martha had a role to play in this, and the survival of Juliette involved the permeable tape she was put on before being left outside the silo to clean the lenses that followed to the inside projector. No other cleaner has made it back into the Silo alive, so when Juliette was being sent for this job, she knew she was as good as dead.
However, Martha knew something no one else did. She provided Julia with a good batch of permeable tape to go outside. She donned an AR helmet which showed her clear lush gardens outside the silo while she cleaned. Additionally, she did not die within seconds of leaving the silo. She crossed over the threshold of the silo, and the AR of green grass altered into the dead scene we see at the ending, with several silos and a barren city in the picture.
She survived the storm because of the tape that Martha provided her with. Will she finally unwind the truth behind the silos? Or will she find other means to save her loved ones now that she has seen the world outside her silo?
An Underground Silo Network
The most befuddling last few seconds which left viewers scratching their heads, was Juliette reaching the end of the silo and crossing the ring, only for the camera to zoom out and show at least 46 other similar rings of Silos like the one they were in. It turns out there is a world beyond their Silo. This changes everything, the very root of the belief that the Silo is protecting them from the outside world, which is supposedly “poisonous and dead.”
Earlier in the season, the hard drive (which was smashed by Bernard and again retrieved by him) showed an underground tunnel that linked the Silo to something. This something may have been linked to the other silos we saw in the end.
Behind the avalanche of silos, we could faintly see what seemed like a barren city. We will probably be introduced to this in Season 2.
But what if this was a project which had a long time coming? A few leaders decided to resort to dictatorship amidst a democratic nation by feeding convincing lies about the death of the environment, building these silos as an inter-governmental underground chain control network, and running their kingdoms? Bernard is the king of this silo.
The ending scene changed everything for us, and we just had to wait for the second season to come and answer these questions for us. Or you can read the book Wool, on which this is based.
There is a lot Season 2 has to uncover, so until then, we urge you to watch Season 1 on Apple + to refresh your memories while we wait for more updates on Silo Season 2.
Silo Season 2: How Many Episodes Should We Expect
Although the precise number of episodes for Silo Season 2 has not yet been determined, we believe it will roughly follow the lead of Season 1’s 10 episodes. The three Silo books serve as the basis for the series, which has the potential to have up to 30 episodes in total to cover the whole plot of the novels.
As the streamer giant discloses more information on Silo Season 2, we will be sure to update this space.
Silo Season 2: Cast
The main cast members who will reprise their roles in the second season, which are as follows:
- Rebecca Ferguson as Juliette Nichols
- Rashida Jones as Allison Becker
- DavidOyelowo as Holston Becker
- Common as Robert Sims
- Tim Robbins as Bernard Holland
- Harriet Walter as Martha Walker
- Avi Nash as Lukas Kyle
- Rick Gomez as Patrick Kennedy
- Chinaza Uche as Paul Billings
The recurring cast includes:
- Will Patton as Samuel Sam Marnes
- Ferdinand Kingsley as George Wilkins
- Shane McRae as Knox
- Billy Postlethwaite as Hank
- Chipo Chung as Sandy
- Remmie Milner as Shirley Campbell
- Matt Gomez Hidaka as Cooper
- Iain Glen as Dr. Pete Nichols
- Caitlin Zoz as Kathleen Billings
The following people might not return for a second season of Silo:
- Geraldine James as Ruth Jahns
- Sophie Thompson as Gloria Hildebrandt
- Sienna Guillory as Hanna Nichols
- Henry Garrett as Douglas Trumbull, Amelie
- Child-Villiers as young Juliette
- Ida Brooke as young Shirley
- Charlie Coombes as Young Knocks
- Tanya Moodie as Judge Meadows
- Sonita Henry as Regina Jackson
- Christian Ochoa as Amundsen
- Alexandria Riley as Camille Sims
- Will Merrick as Danny
- Clare Perkins as Carla.
Moreover, Silo is produced for Apple TV+ by AMC Studios and is based on the novels by Hugh Howey. The series is executive produced by Yost, Howey, and Ferguson, alongside Academy Award nominee Morten Tyldum ( Defending Jacob, The Imitation Game who also directs the first three episodes, Nina Jack, Fred Golan, Rémi Aubuchon, and Ingrid Escajeda.
The last scene of the finale episode of Silo Season 1 opened up the possibility of multiple Silos, which means possible new character introductions will follow. We will surely update this space as and when we are informed about the same developments.
Silo Season 2: Official Trailer
As of now, we don’t have our hands on the trailer of Silo Season 2, but we will be sure to update you when we come across it. In the meantime, check out Silo Season 1 trailer instead:
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