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Heartstopper Season 2 - Everything You Need To Know

Here's one that is absolutely sure to get romance fans' hearts racing — Netflix's acclaimed dramedy "Heartstopper" is coming back for another season. The first season of this heartwarming series evoked the tears of many a viewer as it spun a captivating love story between teenagers Nick and Charlie in their final years of school. For some, it proved to be one of the best Netflix shows of 2022. Luckily for those that loved the series, it seems that there's far for more to come for the central aww-worthy couple and their peers.

"Heartstopper" Season 2's release on Netflix is imminent, and that means there's already a bunch of juicy details regarding what viewers should expect from the show when it makes its grand return. From an early tease at how the plot will continue on from Season 1 to a massive slate of fresh actors joining the series as intriguing new characters, here's everything that fans should know about the next chapter of "Heartstopper" before it arrives.

When will Heartstopper Season 2 be released?

It's been more than a year since Netflix dropped all of "Heartstopper" Season 1 on Netflix for fans to binge watch in its entirety. Thankfully, the wait for new content is coming to a close relatively soon, as the streaming service has confirmed the release date for Season 2 of the series. Fans will be able to watch the second installment of "Heartstopper" when it debuts on August 3, no doubt putting it on the list of winning shows for Netflix in 2023.

All eight episodes of "Heartstopper" Season 2 will drop on the same day, and this is also as good a time as any to mention that Season 2 isn't the end for "Heartstopper" either. Season 3 of the series has already been confirmed for the future, but that installment of the series has no set release date or release window at this time.

What is the plot of Heartstopper Season 2?

Just as with "Heartstopper" Season 1, the second season of the series will be further adapting the graphic novels of the same name by Alice Oseman (specifically, Volume 3). As such, those who have already read the source material will likely have a good idea of what to expect narrative-wise. For those that haven't, however, the show will be picking up with where Season 1 ended thing off, both for the student body of Truham Grammar School and the burgeoning romance between Nick and Charlie. Things left off on a pretty happy note for the couple and their friends, but it seems there's still plenty of drama (and hopefully some laughs) to come.

Per Netflix, the official plot synopsis for "Heartstopper" Season 2 is as follows: "Nick and Charlie navigate their new relationship; Tara and Darcy face unforeseen challenges and Tao and Elle work out if they can ever be more than just friends. With exams on the horizon, a school trip to Paris and a prom to plan, the gang has a lot to juggle as they journey through the next stages of life, love and friendship."

Who is starring in Heartstopper Season 2?

Fans of the main characters in "Heartstopper" Season 1 will be happy to know that Season 2 is bringing back all the major players. That list includes Kit Connor as Nick, Joe Locke as Charlie, William Gao as Tao, Yasmin Finney as Elle, Corinna Brown as Tara, Kizzy Edgell as Darcy, Tobie Donovan as Isaac, Jenny Walser as Tori, Sebastian Croft as Ben, Cormac Hyde-Corrin as Harry, Rhea Norwood as Imogen, Fisayo Akinade as Mr. Ajayi, Chetna Pandya as Coach Singh, Stephen Fry as Headmaster Barnes, and Olivia Colman as Sarah.

As if all of "Heartstopper's" ensemble cast returning wasn't enough, the show is also introducing several new characters to the main line-up. Leila Khan will play a Higgs student named Sahar Zahid, Jack Barton will portray Nick's elder brother David, Bradley Riches will appear as Truham student James McEwan, Nima Taleghani will join as Truham teacher Mr. Farouk, Bel Priestley and Ash Self will star as Elle's friends Naomi and Felix respectively, and Thibault de Montalembert will take on the role of Nick's dad Stephane. That's a lot of names.

Who is directing Heartstopper Season 2?

"Heartstopper" Season 2 will also feature another major talent-related return in the form of its series director. After having directed the entirety of the show's first season, Euros Lyn will be coming back to head the second installment. Lyn has decades' worth of experience with some of the most prestigious and popular shows in television, having worked on episodes of "Doctor Who," "Sherlock," "Black Mirror," "Daredevil," and "His Dark Materials."

Further in keeping with the inaugural season, "Heartstopper" author Alice Oseman will once again serve as a writer for the new season. Lyn has previously spoken about the strong creative dynamic he shares with Oseman, and how it has contributed to "Heartstopper" being a proper and accurate adaptation of the source material. "Alice and I worked very hard to be in sync and always try to bring Alice's style into the composition," the director told The Gamer.

Is there a trailer for Heartstopper Season 2?

As part of its release date announcement for "Heartstopper" Season 2, Netflix put out a roughly one-minute-long video featuring some behind-the-scenes snippets of the filming process and a couple mini-interviews with the cast about what fans should expect. The video features many of the returning students from Season 1 shooting scenes on the outdoor campus of Truham. Everyone looks like they're having a pretty good time, and several of the cast members, including Joe Locke, Yasmin Finney, and Rhea Norwood, tease that their respective characters will be going in surprising new directions.

Those promised themes and plot threads look to play out, if the first full-length trailer for "Heartstopper" Season 2 is any indication, released less than two weeks before the episodes drop on Netflix in August 2023. The new installments seemingly take place in a dizzying, giddy, dreamlike state of romantic possibility. Charlie and Nick are officially an item, and they're in the throes of love, kissing and sharing meaningful stares in their rooms, at school, and in parks, but still struggling with letting others know they're a couple. It's a situation made more difficult by how Nick isn't yet out, and Charlie wants to protect his boyfriend from sharing in his own less than ideal outing. Meanwhile, Tao and Elle are both nervous about the powerful romantic feelings the former close friends are feeling for one another, while Tara and Darcy tentatively move forward with their relationship. Certainly a class trip to ultra-romantic Paris will move the needle for every teenage couple on "Heartstopper."

Where to watch Heartstopper Season 1

For those that would like to go back and watch "Heartstopper" Season 1 before Season 2 releases, the answer for how to go about doing this is quite simple. Seeing as the show is one of Netflix's many original series, Season 1 — and Season 2, when it releases — can be watched in its entirety with a basic subscription to the streaming service.

While "Heartstopper" being part of the Netflix catalog is a positive for subscribers to the platform, it's also a bit of a double-edged sword. The show is actually exclusive to the service, meaning that it can't be watched through any other streaming outlets, nor can episodes be purchased through any digital storefronts. The first season also hasn't seen a physical release in most territories yet. All in all, if viewers are looking for official means to watch "Heartstopper," a Netflix subscription is their only option.