'Daybreak' Season 2 release date, cast, plot and more post-nuke hijinks

The Apocalypse isn't over yet.


Netflix has its newest hit on its hands in the form of Daybreak, which premiered just before Halloween. The show melds the worlds of The Breakfast Club and Mad Max, a post-apocalyptic high-school dramedy. It was met with instant critical acclaim and already has viewers eagerly anticipating for the announcement of a second season. Here’s everything you need to know about the second season of Daybreak.

What happened in Season 1 of Daybreak ?

Daybreak takes place in a post-apocalyptic setting that melds a myriad of archetypes from various sorts of genre fiction. It’s got Mad Max-esque gangs, ronin, and cliques reminiscent of those seen in classic high school films like Mean Girls. In the world of Daybreak, teenage survivors roam the Los Angeles landscape and vie for control in cliques that largely resemble those of everyday high school life, including the Cheermazons and the Jocks.

Our protagonist is Josh, a lone wolf searching for his missing girlfriend, Sam. He’s soon joined by Angelica Green, a 10-year-old punk-rock genius and pyromaniac and Austin Crute (Booksmart) as Wesley Fists, a ronin-esque figure searching for redemption.

The cast unites against the show’s villain, played Ferris Bueller himself, Matthew Broderick. Broderick plays a former high school principal who has stylized himself as the villainous Baron Triumph.

These are some serious 'Fallout' vibes in 'Daybreak'.Netflix

Most of the show’s first season revolves around Josh’s search for Sam and the gradual coming together of his crew. It also explores the feuds between the various gangs of survivors as they wage war against one another over territory and social strata.

The season comes to a head as the survivors face off against Broderick’s Baron Triumph. Though they claim victory in the season finale, there’s still a rough road ahead. When Josh finally presents Sam with the opportunity to reconcile and ride off into the sunset together, she refuses, instead staking her claim as the new leader of the community. Jocks and Cheermazons alike kneel before their new queen.

What could happen in Daybreak Season 2?

Season 2 will likely focus on the new social dynamics that result from Sam taking the throne. There’s a sinister air to her ascent in the finale and it feels safe to say her rule won’t exactly be good and just.

In terms of character though, the season will likely need to focus on Josh coming to grips with the fact that his notions of who Sam is are antiquated and somewhat sexist — he only ever saw her, by her own words, as a damsel to be rescued and not her own person. If Josh is going to continue to survive the apocalypse, he’ll need to learn better — and fast.

When is the Daybreak Season 2 release date?

While the writer’s room is already hard at work on a second season, there hasn’t been an official renewal for Daybreak. Netflix tends to wait a couple of months before greenlighting new seasons of its original programming. With the first season having premiered on October 24, it’s going to be a little while before we hear anything. That said, it feels safe to say we’ll hear something by the end of the year. If production stays on track, you can probably expect Daybreak to return in late 2020.

The apocalypse is far from over, but what lies ahead is uncertain. Keep your eyes here for news on the show’s potential second season.

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