'The Society' Season 2 Release Date, Netflix Renewal, Episodes, and More

Kathryn Newton and the rest of 'The Society' cast

Netflix’s latest YA drama, The Society 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 hamlet of West Ham, Connecticut in 2019?

The Society was created, written, and executive produced by Christopher Keyser (Party of Five), with a handful of episodes directed by 500 Days of Summer’s Marc Webb. Starring Legion’s Rachel Keller, Big Little Lies’ Kathryn Newton, and Blockers’ Gideon Adlon, The Society follows 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.

The cast of Netflix's 'The Society' in a party scene
No parents, no rules... just right?

When Will The Society Season 2 Be Released?

Currently, Netflix has yet to renew The Society for a second season.

If a plan is put in motion to stick to the Season 1 roll-out, which included releasing Season 1 on Friday, May 10, 2019, then Season 2 might be released in early May 2020.

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.

How Many Episodes Will The Society Season 2 Have?

Again, with no Season 2 renewal, we’re not too sure. But 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 if Season 2 is a go.

The teen cast of 'The Society'
The teens of West Ham try to figure out how to survive with no adults to help them.

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 (Allie), Gideon Adlon (Becca), Sean Berdy (Sam), Natasha Liu Bordizzo (Helena), Jacques Colimon (Will), Olivia DeJonge (Elle), Alex Fitzalan (Harry), Kristine Froseth (Kelly), Jose Julian (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. Secondary characters and the actors who play them could return, but it’s unclear how granular Season 2 will go which would offer screen time for those secondary characters.

Kathryn Newton, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, and Rachel Keller in 'The Society'
The cliques form quickly in 'The Society'

What Is The Society Season 2 Plot?

You guessed it: No Season 2 renewal means there is no clear confirmation for the Season 2 plot.

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 that 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 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.

Still from Netflix's 'The Society'
Things get real strange, real quick in West Ham

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, that’s for sure.

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 Pressman’s (Newton) father about the town paying to have a mysterious smell overtaking 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 take 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 Z’ers 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 (Coliman)? 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?

We’ll keep you posted on The Society Season 2 release date and other information as it comes out.

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