Time to get excited because Netflix’s latest YA drama, The Society, just got renewed for Season 2. The series, created, written, and executive produced by Christopher Keyser (Party of Five), is built on an intriguing elevator pitch: What if Lord of the Flies and The Leftovers had a baby and that baby grew up in the privileged society of West Ham, Connecticut, in 2019?
The Society stars Legion’s Rachel Keller, Big Little Lies’ Kathryn Newton, and Blockers’ Gideon Adlon. Season 1 is focused on a group of Gen Zers who return from a school trip only to discover that all of the adults and younger kids have mysteriously vanished. In the wake of their mysterious disappearance, the teens are forced to quickly mature as they figure out a way to survive. Of course, these teens don’t run a society in the way you’d expect, leading them to make increasingly difficult decisions along the way.
Here’s what we know about The Society Season 2, including the possible release date, Netflix renewal updates, cast info, plot, and other spoilers.
Warning: Full spoilers ahead for The Society Season 1.
When Will The Society Season 2 Be Released?
Netflix renewed The Society for Season 2 on July 9. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the series will return in 2020 but didn’t specify a date. Depending on when production begins, Netflix might shoot to release Season 2 in early May 2020, just like they did with Season 1.
Is There a Trailer for The Society Season 2?
There is no trailer for The Society Season 2, nor are there any photos or behind-the-scenes videos from production on the season. The Season 1 trailer was released one month before the series was released in full, so Netflix could choose to repeat this when it comes to Season 2.
For now, you can watch the Season 2 renewal announcement video featuring iPhone videos of the cast members sharing the good news at the top of this page.
How Many Episodes Will The Society Season 2 Have?
Even though the series has been renewed for Season 2, it’s unclear how big the episode order will be. Season 1 had 10 episodes — a traditional episode count for a Netflix original series — so we’re willing to bet 10 more will be ordered for Season 2.
Who Will Return for The Society Season 2?
It’s expected that most, if not all, of the cast will return, with the exception of Rachel Keller, Seth Meriwether, and Chloë Levine. (The characters played by these actors were killed in Season 1.)
Actors we can count on returning include:
Kathryn Newton as (Allie),Gideon Adlon (Becca), Sean Berdy Sam), Natasha Liu Bordizzo (Helena), Jacques Colimon (Will), Olivia DeJonge (Elle), Alex Fitzalan (Harry), Kristine Froseth (Kelly), José Julián (Gordie), Toby Wallace (Campbell), Jack Mulhern (Grizz), Spencer House (Clark), Emilio Garcia-Sanchez (Jason), and Grace Victoria Cox (Lexie).
All of the aforementioned characters comprise what is essentially the core cast based on where Season 1 left off — yeah, it’s a big cast. With the adults and children of West Ham revealed to be alive at the end of Season 2, it’s also likely more adult actors will be included in the cast lineup. That said, it’s unclear how granular Season 2 will go, so we’re still not sure which adults characters and the actors who play them will be included.
What Is The Society Season 2 Plot?
In The Hollywood Reporter’s same coverage confirming the Season 2 renewal, series creator Chris Keyser offered this about where the show is heading thematically:
“[S]eason [one] deals a lot with men versus women, and it deals only briefly with race, but I think you can expect that conversation about class and race to keep coming up. All these things need to be re-litigated in a world in which there are no givens. We hope, over time, and if we’re lucky enough to get a season two, to explore all the social contract questions that we take for granted.”
The Society Season 1 covered a lot of ground over the course of 10 hour-long episodes. We followed a group of high school juniors and seniors from the sleepy town of West Ham, Connecticut, who were meant to go on a school field trip only to be returned back to their hometown for vague reasons. Upon returning home, the teens realize they were the only ones left with no parents, government, or discernible social structures in place. They also discover that all roads out of town were mysteriously blocked by forests, as if there town had been dropped in the middle of nowhere.
Over the course of six months, the teens work to rebuild their lives, creating a new society where they attempt to form a governing body, ration food, and help each other through an otherwise confusing and upsetting situation. Things quickly spiral out of control as tough decisions, betrayals, and power plays are made and cliques form, leading to deaths, arrests, and even more turmoil.
What Questions Need to Be Answered in Season 2?
This is your last warning. Major spoilers ahead for The Society Season 1 finale.
The Society Season 1 left viewers in some very interesting places, that much is for sure.
The biggest question that needs to be answered is: Where exactly are all of the parents and community leaders of West Ham? The final scene of Season 1 quickly teased this, revealing Harry’s mom (and one of the leaders of the town) going into a library to read Peter Pan to the children of West Ham. Other adults stand in the back, listening, and everyone is wearing yellow ribbons as a sign of remembrance. The camera cuts to a plaque on the library wall listing all of the names of the teenagers who have been living in isolation throughout Season 1. The plaque implies that the adults believe their teen kids are dead or that it’s all part of a constructed lie to explain why the teens aren’t with them. We still need major answers about where these West Ham adults and children are.
The other big question Season 2 needs to answer is why this is happening in the first place. Season 1 provided some clues about why the teens are living in what might be a replica of their hometown but are cut off from the rest of the world. Sam (Berdy) discovered documentation signed by his father and Cassandra (Keller) and Allie’s (Newton) father about the town paying to have a mysterious smell overtake the town (a plot point addressed in the pilot but never looked into over the season) and the men refusing to pay it. Additionally, some girls discovered photos they’d taken during the bus ride for what they thought was their school trip, realizing that their bus driver was an unknown man they’d seen at school right before this incident. Is this all connected? If so, what does it all hint at?
Other questions that need to be addressed in Season 2 revolve around the teens. First, how will they survive the winter with dwindling food supplies and no clear plan about how or where to plant crops? These Gen Zers have proven themselves capable of doing things they have literally zero training for, including triage when a few teens are poisoned with antifreeze at Thanksgiving and helping one give birth, so it’s possible they could take up farming, too.
Second, what will happen to Allie and Will (Colimon)? The Season 1 finale saw Allie, the former town leader, and Will, her friend and pseudo-advisor, arrested for conspiracy to rig an election for town mayor. Their arrest was part of a coup formed by Lexie (Cox), Campbell (a confirmed sociopath and The Society’s primary villain, played by Wallace), and Harry (Fitzalan) to put Lexie in power. Season 1 ended with Allie and Will chained to a radiator in her house with no clarity on whether they’d get a fair trial, be freed, or possibly executed. Will they survive in Season 2?
The Society Season 2 arrives on Netflix in 2020.