Is Bear returning for another season? Here’s everything you need to know about The Bear Season 2.
The Bear on Hulu is unquestionably the best new streaming series in at least the last few years. Despite being labeled as a comedy, the series is actually a great, suspenseful character drama set in a troubled Chicago diner. The Bear combines subtle creative talent, fraternity, and internal struggle, all while serving up some rather outstanding meals.
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 100% approval rating with an average rating of 8.5/10, based on 33 critic reviews. The website’s critics’ consensus reads, “Like an expertly confected sandwich, The Bear assembles a perfect melange of ingredients and stacks them for optimal satisfaction—and thankfully keeps the crust-iness for extra flavor.”
On the other hand, Metacritic gave the series a weighted average score of 86 out of 100 based on 20 critic reviews, indicating “universal acclaim.” This easily states that the series has been well received by the viewers and the critics. Hence, it was an easy decision for the network to continue the show for another season after this fairly good reception. To help you prepare before streaming the new season, we’ve put up a quick summary of everything about The Bear Season 2.
Will there be a second season of The Bear?
Yes, it’s official that the FX network has renewed The Bear for a second season on July 14, 2022. The renewal updates come weeks after season one reached its final episode, which premiered on June 23, 2022. The renewal was also confirmed on the official Twitter handle of the show, quoting, “#TheBearFX has been renewed for Season 2. Thank you, chefs.” Take a look at the post below:
— The Bear (@TheBearFX) July 14, 2022
Why did the FX network renew The Bear for Season 2?
According to Deadline, “The Bear has exceeded our wildest creative, critical and commercial expectations,” said Eric Schrier, FX Entertainment President, in a statement. “We deeply appreciate the brilliant work led by creator and co-showrunner Christopher Storer and co-showrunner Joanna Calo. Jeremy Allen White’s lead performance is spectacular, as are those of his co-stars Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ayo Edebiri, Abby Elliott, Lionel Boyce, and Liza Colón-Zayas. We can’t wait to get to work on season 2.”
Added Storer and Calo: “We are so grateful to FX, our insanely talented cast, our crew who worked hard, fast, and in the dead of winter, not to mention everyone who watched. And we can’t wait to bring you all back to The Bear in 2023.”
The Bear Season 2 Potential Release Date
The exact release date of The Bear Season 2 is yet to be confirmed by the FX network as of July 15, 2022, because the series was renewed just a few hours ago. But on the bright side, it is speculated that the production will begin later this year. So, the fans seem to be assured that the upcoming season is not delayed and will be released sooner than they anticipated, as the renewal announcement was made by the network on time.
If we were to guess, we’d say the release date would be between early to mid-2023. Based on the previous season’s release date pattern, the series’ rollout most likely, begins sometime around June 2023. Furthermore, we would want to emphasize that this is all guesswork at this time. As a result, The FX network will publish and confirm the official release dates in the following months, which fans should keep an eye on.
The Bear Season 2 Expected Plot
The Bear Season 2 is expected to pick up from the finale episode of the first season, Braciole, released on June 23, 2022. The episode was directed by Christopher Storer and written by Christopher Storer & Joanna Calo. The official synopsis of the episode states, “Things get out of control; Carmy is faced with a decision.” As a result, the pilot episode of The Bear Season 2 is intended to follow this already established idea which shows that the series follows a young chef from the world of fine dining who comes home to Chicago to run his family’s Italian beef sandwich shop.
While it’s difficult to predict the second season’s exact plot structure this early on, it’s been speculated that the next season would pick up any cliffhangers and subplots and delve right into this world by giving fans something different to look at instead of the same old themes. Many of the episodes have been favorably received by viewers, luring people to watch the series when it airs on television or via streaming service. So, it will be interesting to see how they deal with this added pressure and introduce something new to the series.
The Bear Season 2 Cast and Crew
The original cast from The Bear Season 1 is expected to reprise their roles. On the other hand, no additional casting announcements had been made by the network as of July 15, 2022. As a result, the following is a list of the series’ main characters:
- Jeremy Allen White as Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto
- Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Richard “Richie” Jerimovich
- Ayo Edebiri as Sydney Adamu
- Lionel Boyce as Marcus
- Liza Colón-Zayas as Tina
- Abby Elliott as Natalie “Sugar” Berzatto
The recurring cast members of the series are as follows:
- Edwin Lee Gibson as Ebraheim
- Matty Matheson as Neil Fak
- José Cervantes as Angel
- Oliver Platt as Cicero
- Corey Hendrix as Gary
- Richard Esteras as Manny
- Chris Witaske as Pete
The Bear is produced by FX Productions and was created by Storer (Ramy, Eighth Grade), who also serves as co-showrunner, executive producer, writer, and director alongside Calo (BoJack Horseman, Undone). Hiro Murai and Nate Matteson of Super Frog and Josh Senior also serve as executive producers. Moreover, we urge viewers to be patient because some casting developments will take time to emerge and the network will alert fans ahead of time if any new cast members or characters will be joining the future season.
The Bear Season 2 Episodes
The Bear Season 2 is expected to have at least 8 episodes, just like Season 1, which usually has an average runtime of approximately 20–47 minutes. We’d also like to point out that, as of July 15, 2022, the exact episode titles and synopsis for the upcoming season cannot be confirmed. For the time being, we recommend that fans wait patiently and binge-watch Season 1 to know how the season will conclude. Here’s the complete episode guide for you to understand the order properly.
- S1E1: System – June 23, 2022
- S1E2: Hands – June 23, 2022
- S1E3: Brigade – June 23, 2022
- S1E4: Dogs – June 23, 2022
- S1E5: Sheridan – June 23, 2022
- S1E6: Ceres – June 23, 2022
- S1E7: Review – June 23, 2022
- S1E8: Braciole – June 23, 2022
Moreover, the viewers should keep an eye out for details on the series episode dates that will be released in the following months. The number of episodes is ultimately determined by the plot that the show aims to transmit to the viewers, making it a slightly bigger or smaller season than its predecessor.
Where to stream The Bear Season 2?
When available to stream, The Bear Season 2 will be available on the FX network and on Hulu the next day. The first season will also be accessible on Hulu for US viewers and international viewers depending on the viewers’ location and membership plans, which the users can choose from to renew their accounts and watch the series. Moreover, there has been no official release date announced for UK viewers. The Bear will be available to stream in Australia on Disney+ on August 31.
Is there any trailer for The Bear Season 2?
No, the network has not released any trailer or promo for The Bear Season 2, as it is way too early for the network to release such promotional material. Meanwhile, check out this official teaser for The Bear Season 1 below to recall the events of the previous episodes in the series so far:
The Bear Official Synopsis
The official synopsis of the series, according to Hulu, states, “Carmy, a young fine-dining chef, comes home to Chicago to run his family sandwich shop. As he fights to transform the shop and himself, he works alongside a rough-around-the-edges crew that ultimately reveal themselves as his chosen family.”
Catch up on the previous episodes of Season 1 while you wait for more The Bear Season 2 updates.