Is Slow Horses finally returning for another season? Here’s everything you need to know about Slow Horses Season 2.
Slow Horses is a spy thriller TV series based on Mick Herron’s 2010 novel of the same name. The premise of the novel suggests that Slough House is where MI5 spies who have had enough of their failing professions go to pass the time. The “slow horses,” as they’re known, have all embarrassed themselves. Slough House is where washed-up MI5 spies go to waste away what’s left of their unsuccessful careers in London, England.
When the series premiered earlier this year in April on Apple TV+. It was praised by reviewers and audiences worldwide and the series has a lot of potential so demand for another season is not a surprise. If you’ve been wondering whether Slow Horses would be renewed or canceled for any more seasons then we have some exciting news for you.
We’ve put together a quick rundown of everything you need to know about the official release date, narrative, and cast, so you can get excited about the next installment and be prepared before the series airs on Apple TV+. Here’s all we know about Slow Horses Season 2 so far.
Is Slow Horses renewed for Season 2?
Yes, it’s official that Apple TV+ has renewed Slow Horses for a second season. The renewal was confirmed by the network and the official sneak peek was shared on their official Twitter handle with a video post, quoting, “What will happen when Jackson Lamb and his crew actually have something to do? New season coming soon.” Take a look at the post below:
Slow Horses Season 2 | Sneak Peek
— Apple TV+ (@AppleTVPlus) May 6, 2022
Slow Horses Season 2 Release Date
Apple TV+ officially confirmed the series renewal in April of this year. Furthermore, the final episode of Slow Horses season one was released on April 29, 2022, and titled as, Follies. So it seems a little early to ask for an official release date for Slow Horses Season 2. However, there is some good news, according to Deadline, the network has hinted that the series would definitely return to television screens sometime in the fall of this year, i.e. late 2022.
Also, given that the new season has already been filmed, it appears that we won’t have to wait long for the next installment of the Slough House saga. The series’ renewal before the debut of the final episode is a favorable indicator, suggesting that the next season’s development was planned ahead of time and that the series will follow a plotline that is consistent and free of major plotholes.
Take a look at some fan’s reactions to the renewal
Slow horses on Apple TV was awesome!!
Can’t wait for season 2 👌🏻👌🏻
— Narwhal 🇮🇪 (@Narwhal_86) April 29, 2022
Slow Horses is without a doubt one of my favorite new shows. I wasn't expecting to enjoy the journey as much as I did, but an incredibly well casted and well scripted season later and I'm eagerly anticipating season 2. pic.twitter.com/5hWbT8MNF9
— Michael (@CyanideBlizzard) April 30, 2022
Finished watching the first season of Slow Horses. Very much liked how contained this story felt while also leaving room to continue. Much more satisfying storytelling as opposed to manufactured cliffhangers. Looking forward to season 2. pic.twitter.com/kPwvDWPIHK
— Josh Parham (@JRParham) April 30, 2022
Slow Horses Season 2 Plot
According to Apple TV+, Slow Horses follows a team of British intelligence agents who serve in a dumping ground department of MI5 – Slough House. Oldman stars as Jackson Lamb, the brilliant but irascible leader of the spies who end up in Slough House due to their career-ending mistakes.”
All the 6 episodes of the first season of Slow Horses were released by Apple TV+ by the end of April 2022. The final episode, Follies, was directed by James Hawes and written by Will Smith. The official synopsis of the episode indicates that “Taverner and the Slow Horses attempt different approaches to locate the kidnappers and Hassan; Ho makes a shocking discovery about Sid.”
As a result, the series is likely to continue from where the first season’s finale episode left off, revealing where the series is headed in terms of characters and plots for the second season. In the episode the viewers got to see that Taverner confronts Judd at his home, admitting that after Hobden visited, he made calls to his far-right contacts, which resulted in the mission’s compromising and Black’s death. Tierney returns from the US with an order to tie up all loose ends after Taverner continues to lie to her about the operation. Curly kidnap Larry and Hassan and kidnaps them to a lonely woodland to carry out the beheading.
Larry arrives at a Harwich harbor but is killed by “The Dogs” on Tierney’s orders, who lay a weapon on his body to excuse the killing. Curly is about to murder Hassan outside of what he thinks is a Norman castle, but Ahmed informs him that it is actually a folly. With the help of Roddy, Lamb, Cartwright, Min, and Louisa are able to trace them down to the same spot. Curly and River have a brief gunfight before Hassan knocks him down with a rock.
When “The Dogs” arrive, the group stops them from killing Curly, who has been detained. With the outcome appearing to be a success, Roddy informs River that all traces of Sid’s name have been erased, implying that she is still alive. Charles Partner, the former Director-General of MI5, committed suicide after being blackmailed by a foreign intelligence service, according to reports. Lamb, on the orders of River’s grandfather David Cartwright, killed him and made it look like a suicide, according to a flashback.
The series is expected to kickstart the second season with the cliffhanger and set up the tone of the new episode based on all the previous episodes for the upcoming season, which will see the story develop and expand in ways that will entice viewers to watch the show.
Moreover, director James Hawes revealed to Deadline that “there is every hope and intention that there will be another couple of seasons in the immediate future.” He also emphasized by stating, “But if the response I’ve had is anything to go by, the anticipation it has created is fantastic. I’ve got people ringing me up to say, ‘Why are you doing this? I wanted to finish it over the weekend!’ The greatest compliment you could have is that people are demanding more—and now.”
Slow Horses Season 2 Cast
The main cast members of the series include the following:
- Gary Oldman as Jackson Lamb
- Jack Lowden as River Cartwright
- Kristin Scott Thomas as Diana Taverner
Some of the recurring cast members are as follows:
- Saskia Reeves as Catherine Standish
- Olivia Cooke as Sidonie “Sid” Baker
- Jonathan Pryce as David Cartwright
- Sophie Okonedo as Ingrid Tearney
- Dustin Demri-Burns as Min Harper
- Rosalind Eleazar as Louisa Guy
- Paul Higgins as Struan Loy
- Christopher Chung as Roddy Ho
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It’s worth noting that the second season may introduce new cast members as well as see the departure of some characters, details of which will be revealed by Apple TV+ once the premiere dates draw close. As of May 27, 2022, the original cast is anticipated to return for the next season since the network has yet to reveal any fresh casting announcements. As a result, we can only imagine whether the story may include a new cast in order for the storyline to extend further, which will be fascinating to watch in future episodes.
Slow Horses Season 2 Episodes
We can’t forecast the total number of episodes for Slow Horses Season 2 because the first season was classified as a mini-series that only featured 6 episodes with a runtime of 41 to 53 minutes. In the meantime, refresh your recollection of some major plotlines by binge-watching Season 1. Here is a simple episode guide that will assist you in understanding the sequence and watching the episodes to learn the plot.
- S1E1: Failure’s Contagious – April 1, 2022
- S1E2: Work Drinks – April 1, 2022
- S1E3: Bad Tradecraft – April 8, 2022
- S1E4: Visiting Hours – April 15, 2022
- S1E5: Fiasco – April 22, 2022
- S1E6: Follies – April 29, 2022
Many shows strive to keep a consistent episode count over seasons in order to retain the story’s stability. As a result, the precise amount for the upcoming season cannot be forecasted because the number of episodes may change depending on the plot that the show wishes to express to the audience, which has been put into a screenplay to look for and see the unexplored dynamics.
Is there any trailer for Slow Horses Season 2?
The official trailer for the upcoming season is yet to be released. Meanwhile, watch Gary Oldman and Kristin Scott Thomas team together to present the world of Slow Horses in this exclusive interview.
Where can you stream Slow Horses Season 2?
When the new season will be available the viewers can catch up on the new episodes exclusively on Apple TV+ with a selection of membership tiers from which viewers can pick according to their preference.
Slow Horses Overall Reception
Rotten Tomatoes reports a 94% approval rating with an average rating of 7.6/10, based on 50 critic reviews. The website’s critics’ consensus reads, “Slow Horses refreshes the espionage genre by letting its band of snoops be bumbling, with Gary Oldman giving a masterclass in frumpy authority.” On the review aggregator Metacritic, the series has a weighted average score of 78 out of 100 based on 22 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”. According to IMDb, the series has an overall score of 7.8 out of 20 with approx 13k votes.
Slow Horses Official Synopsis
The official synopsis of the series according to the official Apple TV+ press release (UK) states, “This darkly funny espionage drama follows a team of British intelligence agents who serve in a dumping ground department of MI5 due to their career-ending mistakes. Led by their brilliant but irascible leader, the notorious Jackson Lamb, they navigate the espionage world’s smoke and mirrors to defend England from sinister forces.”
Slow Horses Official Trailer
Catch up on the previous season while you wait for more Slow Horses Season 2 updates.