Apple TV+’s latest offering Severence, left its audience gasping for more with its incredible cliffhanger.
The writer’s strike has held up production, which has consequently stopped all work at the Lumon Industries.
Season 1, meanwhile, has left plenty of clues for us to rewatch it. We could theorize about the new cast members like John Noble, Gwendoline Christie, and Merritt Wever and what roles they could possibly play when the season does return.
Here is everything you need to know about Severance Season 2 release date.
When Will Severance Season 2 Come Out?
On May 8, the production house announced that all work had been halted for Season 2 Severance right after the ongoing writers' strike began. The production shut down with the writer’s strike, as confirmed in May. "WGA members on strike walk the line for a sunrise picket at York Studios in the Bronx and Westchester, shutting down production on Severence, as members of IATSE and Teamsters respect our picket line."
So far, no word has been received for us to gleefully stream new episodes, with all filming being halted. Stiller warned people there is a long wait ahead in April 2022. He recommended fans choose patience when being asked about it. “It took us a couple of years to make S1. Hope you can hang in!”
Patricia Arquette also recommended to fans in 2023 when talking to Entertainment Tonight, "You'll get it when you get it. And you won't get upset."
What To Expect In Severance Season 2?
After you ask when does Severance Season 2 will come out, the bit is what does it involves. Its creator, Dan Erickson, did not reveal too much at the Comic-Con panel in 2022. He only gave out that the next season will shed light on “building out the world a little bit more, and with this tweak to reality, what the ramifications would be."
When he was asked if the series would give details about the goats, he simply said, “Yeah.”
Ben Stiller, director of the dystopia, said when talking to Variety, "It's really exciting to see the response from people who are loving the show – and the level of fan engagement."
He continued, "It has been a long road bringing Severance to television. I first read [creator Dan Erickson's] pilot over five years ago. It has always been a multi-season story and I'm really happy we get to continue it. I'm grateful to our partners at Apple TV+ who have been behind it the whole way. Praise Kier!"
The whole black goo, eerie codes, and spooky existential questions raised will have their answers way faster rather than later.
Stiller told Deadline, "I think it's important for fans of the show to know that the unanswered questions do need to be answered at some point. It's just I think we feel this responsibility to do it in a way that is both responsible and entertaining.”
He continues to explain, "Part of the fun of the show, I've found, is that people have so many different theories and ideas and thoughts about it, so there's a responsibility you have, and one thing I can guarantee you is that Dan Erickson has thought about this, and thought about it a lot over many years.”
Lest all the anticipation runs out, he concludes, "We felt that there's a balance [to aim for], because if too many questions are answered, then you don't have a chance to really speculate and live in the world as much. So, we're trying to figure out how to live in that world and figure out that balance, but the answers are there. It's just, we want to try to mete it out in a way that feels fun and satisfying."
In another interview with Decider, Stiller revealed, "The stuff that you don't quite understand, you're wondering what that is, what does that mean, and what the hell is that? And to me, that's great to do, as long as the logic is behind it.”
He ensured further, "Then [we] figure out a way to tell that to the audience in a way that's not giving away too much too soon, and it's satisfying. That's the balancing act of it. There are definitely some really fun, weird things in season two.”
Stiller plans on making the show as grounded as possible, despite the dystopia it depicts. "But always, it's through the lens of the basic story of these characters, these real people in this situation, because I do think that's what people hold on to. That's what I learned making the first season. I saw it when it came out for audiences…This is a show about this work family, these characters, these people. So, no matter how weird the environment they're in, you want to be able to relate to them as human beings. It's hopefully a combination of that, but definitely some weird stuff."
Erickson, too revealed that they have a definitive conclusion in mind. "There's an overall plan for the show," he told Esquire. "I have an end point in mind, and I intentionally didn't plan it season by season, because I wanted it to be flexible enough that we could get there in two seasons or six seasons. I want to allow us to be surprised by where the show goes. There's a sense of what Lumon is trying to do and the role that our main characters are going to play in that, and where it all will culminate. It's really exciting to think about taking the next step on that trip."
Who Will Be There?
Apple TV+ has given official confirmation that all the employees who were severed or un-severed from Lumon will be back. This includes Adam Scott, Patricia Arquette, Christopher Walken, Britt Lower, John Turturro, Tramell Tillman, Dichen Lachman, and Zach Cherry.
They also revealed that 8 new cast members will be joining the ensemble cast. They will be playing undisclosed characters. The new faces will include Gwendoline Christie, Bob Balaban, Merritt Wever, Alia Shawkat, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, John Noble, Robby Benson, and Stefano Carannante.
Arquette shared while on the red carpet of the Critics’ Choice Awards, "I think these guys have been working really hard, and come up with a lot of really creative things," she continued, "They have a whole world in their minds. They just let us in, piece by piece, into what's going on, but I think it will be fun and beautiful and Britt is amazing as always."
–On When Is Severance Season 2 Coming Out
The series getting renewed comes as no surprise, given that the show has become a massive hit, with its viewership reaching new highs every week.
ReelGood, a data site, has revealed that the show was one of the most-watched series for 4 continuous weeks by the time its final episode aired.
Along with its killer cliffhanger, the show could not possibly avoid being a hit. Stiller spoke to Deadline in April 2022 and said, "I'm hoping to shoot Bag Man this summer, which would probably be as we're gearing up for season two [of Severance], but definitely plan to be involved in season two very much and probably direct two episodes."
Summer passed on, and Apple announced the beginning of its filming in October 2022.
Lead actor Adam Scott retweeted Apple’s announcement with a quote, "Can’t wait for everyone to see what we’re doing in S2…" adding a water-drop emoji.
A brief teaser may have been shown, which, too, is nothing more than speculation, at the Apple Far Out iPhone 14 launch event. While the AirPod promo rolled, it came, and just like that, it was gone! It could be an Apple+ easter egg to give us a taste of season 2.