Severance fans, grab your theories and get ready to head back to Lumon Industries. That’s because Apple TV+ has announced that its acclaimed thriller set in the mysterious workplace will return for a second season. Much to the relief of fans obsessed with the scene from the season 1 finale.
“It’s fascinating to see the response from people who love the show – and the level of fan engagement,” said director and executive producer Ben Stiller. “It’s been a long road bringing Breakthrough to television. I first read Dan [Erickson’s] pilot over five years ago. It’s always been a multi-season story, and I’m so glad we can continue. I’m grateful to our Apple TV+ partners who have been behind this all along. Praise Kier!”
The Story of Severance
The show follows Mark, a new hire at Lumen Industries, who quickly realizes that something needs to be fixed with the company’s latest technology. As Mark delves deeper, he uncovers secrets and conspiracies that jeopardize his job and his life. With a diverse cast of characters, “Severance” explores themes of corporate greed, technology, and the meaning of work in the modern world.
“Thanks to creator Dan Erickson, the brilliant Ben Stiller, and an unparalleled cast and crew, Severance has envisioned an existence that is equally spellbinding and fascinating, as viewers around the world can’t get enough of these rich characters,” said Matt Cherniss, head of programming at Apple TV+. “We’re excited to go deeper into this wholly unique world and unpack more layers of Lumon in season two.”
Severance Season 2 Possible Plot
We still need to learn more about Season 2, but Erickson offered some tantalizing hints in an interview with Esquire. “There will be some expansion of the world,” he joked. “Inside Lumon, therefore, we will see more of the building, and we will also see more of the outside world.”
“There is an overall plan for the series. I have an endpoint in mind. I intentionally didn’t plan season by season because I wanted it to be flexible enough that we could get there in two seasons and six. In that way, I want to allow ourselves to be surprised by where the show goes. There’s a sense of what Lumon is trying to do, the role our main characters will play in that, and where it’s all going to culminate.” “It’s exciting to think about taking the next step on that journey.”
The first season ends with a spectacular cliffhanger as Mark, Irving, and Helly manage, with great difficulty, to bring their innies to the outside world. The consequences of his subterfuge are enormous: Mark discovers that his supposedly dead wife is actually his co-worker, Irving finds that her lover, Lumon, is married, and Helly discovers her Eagan heritage, then announces to several industry bigwigs that the separation process is torture.
Mr. Milchick arrests Dylan, but as Stiller pointed out in an interview with Deadline, Dylan has already seen the Matrix when his innie found out he has a kid. “This is a big question. And so something significant to address because the whole perception of the world has been altered by having that glimpse,” Stiller said. “That’s going to be a lot of what season two has to deal with – a big part of the engine of the beginning of season two.”
Similar conflicts abound for Mark, whose revelations will cause conflicts in his love life. “With Innie Mark, we’re starting to root for him and Helly, but now we also want to root for Outie Mark to find his wife,” Stiller said. “So that’s an interesting juxtaposition and conflict that we’ll explore in season two.”
Severance Season 2 Could Change Focus
While the first season has centered around Mark and his perspective, meaning we’ve gotten very few glimpses of his colleagues’ departures, Erickson promises that all is about to change. “In season two, we’re going to show all these people on the outside,” he told EW.
“Like Mark, they each had their reason for having this procedure done, and all are at some stage of a healing process for one thing or another…differentiation between their innie and outie, and how they feel like the same person. , but with this very different lived experience – seeing the other three characters’ version of that dichotomy is, I think, the most exciting part.”
Mark’s outie is under almost constant surveillance by his boss, Harmony Cobel, who acts as his kind neighbor, Mrs. Selvig. Though Mark now knows the truth about Cobel’s double life, Erickson jokes that we haven’t seen the last of his schemes.
“I think she has a special bond with Mark,” he told Polygon. “And so I don’t think it’s based entirely on Lumon, is what I’m going to say. Also, I think that – without giving away too much of what we’re going to see – there’s a professional interest. And obviously, we’ve seen some kind of experiment or something going on with him and his wife. But you can see in her eyes that it’s become more than the job.”
Severance Season 2 Release Date
The answer is, for now, no. In Stiller and Erickson’s capable hands, season two will undoubtedly be another thrilling ride through sci-fi and corporate intrigue. However, we still need a release date. One thing is confirmed, however: unlike the first season, the second will have ten episodes.
So, as the filming is expected to start in 2022, the 2nd season of Severance will premiere in the first quarter of 2023.