Praise Kier: Severance Season 2 is officially coming to Apple TV, so here’s everything we know so far, from its release date, to cast, plot, and other details.
If you could eliminate all of your worries about having the perfect work-life balance and forget anything and everything about your job the moment you finish a shift, would you?
This is the moral and emotional dilemma at the core of Severance, Ben Stiller’s extraordinary series which debuted on Apple TV+ earlier this year, combining the best of Black Mirror’s dystopian-thriller edge with heart-aching drama.
As for the viewers, they’ve been left itching for the next season after a whopper of a cliff-hanger in the finale. Fortunately, it’s officially returning, so here’s everything we know so far.
Spoilers for Severance Season 1 to follow…
Severance Season 2 release date: When is it coming out?
Unfortunately, there’s no official release date for Severance Season 2 at the time of writing. Given the first season dropped in February this year, it’d be sensible to expect Season 2 sometime in 2023, if not early 2024, but we’ll update this space upon any announcement.
There has been a few teases, though: back in April, Ben Stiller – who directs several episodes – replied to a fan’s tweet, writing: “It took us a couple of years to make S1. Hope you can hang in!”
Apple TV is also making its debut at San Diego Comic-Con with an “Inside Severance” panel with Stiller, creator and executive producer Dan Erickson, and cast members Adam Scott, Britt Lower, Tramell Tillman, Dichen Lachman, and Jen Tullock, with plenty of “innie” secrets. Will one of those secrets be Season 2’s release date?
In an announcement video, the streaming platform said Season 2 will make you feel “like you never left.”
Ben Stiller also said, as per Variety: “It’s really exciting to see the response from people who are loving the show – and the level of fan engagement.
“It has been a long road bringing Severance to television. I first read [Dan Erickson’s] pilot over five years ago. It has always been a multi-season story and I’m really happy we get to continue it. I’m grateful to our partners at Apple TV+ who have been behind it the whole way. Praise Kier!”
Severance Season 2 trailer: Is there a trailer, and where can I watch it?
Unfortunately, there’s no trailer for Season 2 at the time of writing. Erickson recently told Deadline that writing has just begun on the second season, so it’s unlikely we’ll see a trailer for a while – but we’ll update this space when it’s released.
Severance Season 2 cast: Who’s returning, and are there any new characters?
Given the cliffhanger ending of Season 1, we can expect most, if not all of the Severance cast to return for Season 2, including:
- Adam Scott as Mark Scout
- Zach Cherry as Dylan George
- Britt Lower as Helly R/Helly Eagan
- John Turturro as Irving Bailiff
- Patricia Arquette as Harmony Cobel
- Tramell Tillman as Seth Milchick
- Dichen Lachman as Ms. Casey/Gemma
- Christopher Walken as Burt Goodman
- Jen Tullock as Devon Hale, Mark’s sister
- Michael Chernus as Ricken Hale, Devon’s husband
- Michael Siberry as Jame Eagan, the CEO of Lumon Industries
It’s unclear whether we’ll see Yul Vazquez as Peter “Petey” Kilmer, a former Lumon employee and friend of Mark’s “innie”, given his death in Season 1. If anything, we’d see him in flashbacks as Mark deals with the events of Season 1.
Severance Season 2 plot: What will it be about?
Severance follows Mark, a Lumon Industries employee working in the Macrodata Refinement division. Following the death of his wife Gemma, he opts into the titular severance program, meaning his perception of existence is split into two: his “innie” only knows a working life with his colleagues; while his “outie” doesn’t remember anything to do with work.
He works alongside Dylan, Irving, and “Helly R”, the latter of whom being a new employee who particularly struggles with the adjustment, even trying to kill herself – only for her “outie” to reject her resignation request, essentially imprisoning her.
Season 1 ended with one of the most dramatic cliffhangers of the past 10 years: Helly R discovered she’s actually Helena Eagan, the Lumon heir; Irving arrived at Burt’s door after their romantic connection in Lumon, only to discover he’s already in a relationship; and we last saw Dylan being tackled to the ground by Milchick after allowing the “innies” to escape their own bodies for a brief time.
This venturing into the outside world will have consequences in Season 2, according to Erickson. “There’s definitely going to be some expansion of the world,” he told Esquire.
“Within Lumon, we’re going to see more of the building, and we’ll see more of the outside world, too.”
In another interview with Entertainment Weekly, Erickson continued: “We’re going to continue to really focus on the relationships between these characters, and we’re expanding the world.
“The first season was an ensemble piece at work, but it was much more focused on Mark on the outside, obviously. We wanted the audience to experience Mark’s life through his perspective, and he has no idea who Helly and Irving and Dylan are on the outside; his whole context for them is work.
“So we wanted to tell in that way for Season 1, but in Season 2, we’re going to be showing all of these people on the outside. Similar to Mark, they each had their own reason for getting this procedure, and they’re all at some stage of a healing process for one thing or another.”
And that’s before we get to the biggest twist of them all: Mark learned that Gemma wasn’t just alive, but had been severed and was working at Lumon as wellness counselor Ms. Casey. “She’s alive,” he screamed just as the finale rolled credits.
Speaking to Variety, Erickson teased: “There’s a question of sort of who was targeted first: Was Mark targeted because of his relationship to Gemma, or was it the other way around? And that’s something that we don’t see this season, but we will see in subsequent seasons.
“That’s the big question, what is special about Mark? And is it actually that there’s something special about him or is it more about Gemma, and he was sort of pulled in? Those are all left unanswered this season, but we will get into it.”
Severance Season 1 is available to stream on Apple TV+ now.