Brit Marling’s The OA took everyone by surprise when it debuted on Netflix in December 2016, and it did so by offering a bizarre story on the fringes of science fiction and fantasy exploring alternate realities and some kind of interdimensional dance magic.
The OA raised more questions than it answered in Season 1, so fans were pleased that more than two years later, Season 2 is upon us.
The series follows Prairie Johnson (played by series creator Brit Marling) — referred to as “The OA” or “Original Angel” — who reappears after having been missing for seven years. She was previously blind, but has since regained her sight and acquired a number of strange scars. She assembles a group of five strangers with whom she shares her bizarre story full of otherworldly experiences, science experiments, and interdimensional travel.
The series ends on a note of uncertainty: Is Prairie telling the truth about her experiences, or is she was merely delusional?
Season 2 reviews are already in, and IndieWire’s Ben Travers says the new season “doubles down on crazy” in a good way. For TV Guide, Amanda Bell advises viewers to “just suspend all disbelief and you won’t be disappointed.” We’d expect nothing less from a series this bonkers.
Here’s everything we know about Season 2:
What Is The OA Season 2 Release Date?
In February 2017, Netflix announced that it had ordered an 8-episode second season of The OA officially dubbed Part II. It wasn’t until the official trailer was released in February 2019, however, that the release date of Friday, March 22, 2019 was confirmed.
How Does The OA Season 1 Set Up Season 2?
Prairie spent all of Season 1 telling five strangers the fantastical story of her captivity in what felt like a hypnotizing adult fairytale. She taught them “movements,” a dance choreography with a mystical ability to open up pathways between dimensions. In the finale, they do it during a horrifying school shooting during which Prairie is shot in the chest.
Prairie wakes up in a bright room, but we have no idea where she is. Did the magic work? Or was it all a delusion? We simply do not know.
Is There a Trailer for The OA Season 2?
Yes! Netflix released a trailer for The OA: Part II on February 27, 2019. You can watch it at the top of this article.
It confirms almost immediately that the “movements” were successful and Prairie was able to migrate into an alternate-reality San Francisco.
What Is the Plot of The OA Season 2?
Netflix’s official description also confirms that Prairie was transplanted into the life of her alt-reality self to embark on a brand-new mystery with new friends:
The “mind-bending” story returns with The OA: Part II, which follows OA as she navigates a new dimension, one in which she had a completely different life as a Russian heiress, and one in which she once again finds herself as Hap’s captive.
Part II introduces Karim Washington, a private detective tasked with finding a missing teen, Michelle Vu. His path crosses with OA, as they try to solve the mystery of Michelle’s whereabouts and a house on Nob Hill connected to the disappearance of several teenagers. Meanwhile, back in the first dimension, BBA, Angie and the boys find themselves on a journey to understand the truth behind OA’s story and the incredible realities she described.
Season 2 will show Prairie in that alternate reality but still involve the characters from Season 1 in their home reality. Will it be hard to keep it all straight? Definitely. But it’s bound to be an exciting ride.
What Are The Biggest Questions About The OA Before Season 2?
Was Prairie’s story real? By now, it definitely seems like her story was real.
What was Homer’s near-death experience (NDE)? The show makes a big deal out of NDEs as a way to access interdimensional travel, and Homer was a character Prairie was imprisoned with. What happened to him? We never learn much, but Season 2 should flesh that out.
Is the FBI therapist a good guy? For the duration of Season 1, Prairie sees a therapist that works with the FBI. His doubts in her story are the real reason why we’re led to believe she might be fabricating her story. He even tries to convince people that she’s lying. What are his motives?
What’s the point of all this? The OA is incredibly confusing and bewildering — but also enchanting. We don’t really have a firm grasp on the real point of this story, but maybe the dazzling journey is the point of it all?
Related stories from Season 1 of The OA:
- Brit Marling Says the Movements Are Key in The OA Season 2
- 5 Questions The OA Season 2 Will Definitely Answer
- The OA Season 2 Will Reveal Homer’s Near Death Experience
The OA will be released on Netflix March 22.