After a long wait made longer by coronavirus, it's finally time to get back on the train. The world of Snowpiercer might be dystopian, but by 2020 standards it looks downright delightful, so we were pretty thrilled to see the show get a Season 2 release date and a new trailer.
Here's everything you need to know about Snowpiercer Season 2 on TNT.
Spoilers ahead for Season 1 of Snowpiercer.
Snowpiercer was adapted from the 1982 French graphic novel Le Transperceneige as well as Bong Joon-ho’s 2013 film. The series was renewed for Season 2 before a single episode of Season 1 aired. With Layton leading a successful revolution and the discovery that there is a second train, Snowpiercer's second season will be all the more rife with post-apocalyptic machinations.
Here’s everything we know so far about Season 2, including the release date, plot, cast, and trailer for the tantalizing TNT series.
Snowpiercer Season 2 release date and trailer revealed at NYCC 2020!
Snowpiercer kicked off New York Comic Con with a (virtual) bang, revealing the Season 2 release date and a new trailer during the show's panel on October 8, 2020. The series will return to TNT on January 25. We also got a new trailer, which you can see lower down. Or watch the full panel here:
The cast also discussed how the addition of a new train, called Big Alice, and its inhabitants (including Sean Bean as Mr. Wilford) will change Snowpiercer in Season 2.
Here's Daveed Diggs (via Cinema Blend):
"As an actor I’m really jealous of the Big Alice crew in some ways. They’re like, so wild! Those characters are like, it is a different world so when we’ve been living in Snowpiercer for a year and then you come up against Big Alice it feels like an alternate dimension, kind of? The way they dress is slightly different and, it was kind of like you go to a new school and there’s all the cool kids? You’re like ‘Oh man, I don’t know, I’ll never be cool like them.’"
And here's showrunner Graeme Manson:
"That’s one of the things we love to do on the show, and that really comes from director Bong [Joon Ho]’s energy. How you could open a door and constantly find some amazing set. We love to do that every year and Wilford’s train really gave us that opportunity. But Big Alice is a prototype so it’s not all First Class back there. They have a different society. Wilford has created something else."
Overall, it sounds like the citizens of Snowpiercer are in for a rude awakening in Season 2.
When is the release date for Snowpiercer Season 2?
How many episodes will there be in Season 2?
Snowpiercer Season 2 will consist of ten episodes in total, which is the same amount of episodes in Season 1.
What is the plot of Snowpiercer Season 2?
Season 2 doesn’t have an official synopsis just yet, but it's safe to expect the story to pick up where Season 1 left off. Following a successful revolution, which saw Layton and the Tailies infiltrate the front of the train, Melanie transfers control of Snowpiercer to Layton, who hopes to set up a democractic way of governing the remaining passengers. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, showrunner Graeme Manson explained how this new setup will impact Melanie and Layton in Season 2.
“The real, real challenge for Layton is to reconcile the revolutionary with what he may have to be as a politician. And then there is an equal struggle for Melanie, which is her desire to step down, to be an engineer, to go back to the science of survival without the politics. And then who is on the horizon, but it could be the great Mr. Wolford to throw all of that into disarray. So already this nascent democracy is under threat.”
That’s right. Mr. Wilford, whose presence in Season 1 was nothing more than a myth buoyed by Melanie, will be a part of Season 2. The Season 1 finale saw Snowpiercer pass through Chicago when they are stopped and boarded by a mysterious supply train called Big Alice.
Apparently, there are other survivors, including Melanie’s presumably dead daughter, Alexandra, who pushes the Snowpiercer to surrender to Mr. Wilford. Fans can expect Season 2 to tackle Melanie and Alexandra’s dynamic, as well as how Big Alice’s arrival and the discovery of other survivors will impact Snowpiercer and Layton’s newfound control over the train.
Who is in the cast of Snowpiercer Season 2?
Daveed Diggs and Jennifer Connelly will be back as Layton and Melanie in Season 2, respectively. Below is the remainder of the cast whose characters didn’t die in Season 1 and will be returning for another trip around the world.
- Mickey Sumner as Bess Francis Till
- Alison Wright as Ruth Wardell
- Iddo Goldberg as Bennett Knox
- Susan Park as Jinju Seong
- Katie McGuinness as Josie Wellstead
- Sam Otto as John "Oz" Osweiller
- Sheila Vand as Zarah Ferami
- Mike O'Malley as Roche
- Annalise Basso as Lilah "LJ" Folger Jr.
- Jaylin Fletcher as Miles
- Lena Hall as Miss Audrey
- Roberto Urbina as Javier "Javi" de La Torre
Joining Season 2 are Game of Thrones vet Sean Bean, who will be playing the mysterious Mr. Wilford, and Rowan Blanchard as Melanie’s daughter Alexandra Cavill.
Is there a trailer out yet for Season 2?
Yes, there is! Filming for the second season was nearly complete, so there is plenty of footage to pull from. Following the Season 1 finale, TNT dropped a 30-second promo teaser for Season 2 and it reveals Sean Bean as Mr. Wilford. He wants to take back the Snowpiercer and it’s rather chilling. Watch it below!
And at NYCC 2020, we got a second trailer teasing the showdown between Wilford and Layton.
Is Snowpiercer renewed for Season 3?
Yes. Speaking with Inverse, Basso confirmed Snowpiercer Season 3 was a go. However, they’ll have to finish Season 2 first before production on another season gets started. Watch this space for updates.