It was the glitch streamed around the world.
Upload, the cult hit science-fiction romantic comedy (and murder mystery?) of 2020, is coming back soon for its highly-anticipated Season 2 on Amazon's Prime Video. After viewers were left on a shocking cliffhanger finale, there remains many unanswered questions about this not-so-distant-future.
Now that it's 2021, it's only a matter of time before fans return to Lakeview. Here's everything we know about the show's return, from possible plot details to its premiere date. Bookmark this page and check back often as we'll update this page with new images, trailers, interview quotes, and more when they're available.
Is Upload renewed for Season 2?
Yes! On May 8, 2020, Amazon Studios confirmed Upload will have a second season, and will again stream on Prime Video.
“I am thrilled to continue a great relationship with Amazon Studios and this wonderful cast and find out what happens next to Nora and Nathan and Ingrid and their 2033 world," said series creator Greg Daniels. "With this news I can stop drawing my season 2 flip book.”
A premiere date and a plot synopsis were not revealed with the announcement. On March 16, 2020, Amazon Studios paused work on all of its film and TV productions, including its massive (and massively expensive) Lord of the Rings prequel series, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
On January 25, 2021, Upload began production on Season 2, confirmed by series star Robbie Amell in an Instagram post celebrating "Day 1" of filming.
When is the release date of Upload Season 2?
There is no confirmed premiere date for Upload Season 2.
The new season began filming in late January 2021, which means a premiere date of early or mid-2021 is unlikely. Fans can expect to binge-watch Season 2 in late 2021 at the earliest, or any time in 2022.
What is the story of Upload?
Upload is the newest sci-fi comedy from Greg Daniels, also known for The Office and Parks & Recreation. Set in the near future year of 2033, the show revolves around two people: Nathan (Robbie Amell), a hotshot 27-year-old computer coder who dies under mysterious circumstances; and Nora (Andy Allo), Nathan's tech support in Lakeview, a virtual afterlife owned and operated by tech giant Horizen.
That's right: In the world of Upload, people don't have to die. Instead, their consciousness and memories can be "uploaded" into an afterlife "resort" — if you've got the money to pay for it.
As Nathan (who breaks up with his still-living girlfriend Ingrid, played by Allegra Edwards) and Nora develop a strong bond inside Lakeview, the truth behind Nathan's "accidental" death begins to come to light.
What happened at the end of Upload Season 1?
Warning: Spoilers for Upload Season 1 ahead.
At the end of Upload Season 1, Nathan downgrades his paid account to the free version of Lakeview, making him into a "Two Gig" — a lower-tier class of resident who can only afford two free gigabytes of data per month.
In the real world, Nora escapes an attempt on her life by a hitman, likely paid for by the same people who killed Nathan. She confesses to a frozen Nathan that she loves him before heading to a remote location where she'll be safe but cut off from technology — and Nathan.
But that's not all. When Ingrid visits Nathan (briefly reawakening him from his freeze), she tells him that she's willingly died to be "uploaded" to Lakeview and be with him. That's the heart and comedy of Upload in a nutshell: The only thing worse than being dead, is being dead with someone you tried to break up with.
Where can I watch the trailer for Upload Season 2?
There is not yet a trailer for Upload Season 2. With Season 2 having just started filming in January 2021, fans can expect a trailer in late 2021 at the earliest.
Who is in the cast of Upload Season 2?
The full cast list of Upload Season 2 isn't known. However, we can guess that most, if not all of the main actors of Upload Season 1 will return for the second season. They include:
- Robbie Amell (The Flash) as Nathan Brown.
- Andy Allo (Chicago Fire) as Nora Antony.
- Allegra Edwards (Briarpatch) as Ingrid Kannerman.
- Zainab Johnson (Last Comic Standing) as Aleesha, Nora's coworker.
- Kevin Bigley (Sirens) as Luke, a former soldier and resident of Lakeview who befriends Nathan.
What is the plot of Upload Season 2?
While Greg Daniels has not commented on the next chapter of Upload, you can expect the series to pick up the stroy from the Season 1 cliffhanger. All we know, based on Daniels' statement, is that the season will still take place in the year 2033.
In September 2020, Robbie Amell told Comic Book Resources that the season might feature "more of the supporting characters" than last season.
"I think you’ll probably get to see a little bit more of the supporting characters this season, which is awesome," Amell said. "I think Zainab [Johnson], Kevin [Bigley] and Allegra [Edwards] are so funny and so talented. I’m excited to see more from them and the show ended on a big moment for a lot of the characters and I’m excited to see where it goes."
“I know we’re in good hands and, again, you never know how a show is going to be received and me and the cast are so grateful and excited for all the fans and we’ve had so much fun sharing the show with them and I still get people finding the show today. We’re really excited about Season 2, not just to shoot it but to see it brought to life.”
Based on how Season 1 ended, we can guess that Season 2 will involve Nathan having to deal with both Nora's confession of love and Ingrid's upload into Lakeview. Caught between his girlfriend and the love of his life, this will make Nathan's afterlife anything but paradise.
The true culprit behind Nathan's "death" also has yet to be revealed. The show's first season is littered with possible suspects, but who is guilty? The Season 1 finale strongly hinted Ingrid's own father ordered the hit, but there are still plenty of details and angles still not known.
Perhaps Nathan's last project when he was among the living could provide a clue. Prior to his death, Nathan was determined to democratize the expensive "upload" technology. Whatever Nathan was working on, it would have made uploading more affordable, allowing anyone to be uploaded regardless of wealth and income. As we saw in Upload Season 1, that technology is about to launch (without Nathan's involvement), and it could disrupt Horizen's entire business.
Nathan's new status among the "Two Gigs" could also heighten Upload's undercurrent of class warfare. Will he lead a revolution from the virtual basement of Lakeview? We'll just have to find out.