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Outer Banks Season 2 Netflix Release Date, Cast And Plot - What We Know So Far

We can't think of many better ways to spend a summer inside than watching Netflix's original teen mystery series "Outer Banks." The first season introduced viewers to the balmy world of the North Carolina islands, a place of stunning beauty and deadly intrigue. We followed the Pogues, a group of friends who become embroiled in the disappearance in the father of their, John B (Chase Stokes). Now, we have official confirmation that the adventure will continue for a second season.

Netflix made the announcement on June 24, 2020 in a simple Instagram post. On the "Outer Banks" account, a picture with "OBX2" spelled out in bold lettering was uploaded, captioned "see you in the bahamas." Not only is this the announcement fans of the series have been waiting for since the show debuted in April, but it also confirms that we'll be picking things up right where we left off last season (but we'll get into that later).

Now that we know for sure that the series is coming back for another season, let's break down everything we know so far about the release date, cast, and plot of "Outer Banks" Season 2.

What's the release date for Outer Banks Season 2?

When Netflix first announced that "Outer Banks" Season 2 was in development, fans were hoping for the fresh batch of episodes to premiere about a year after the first season hit the streamer, meaning late spring 2021. When March rolled around and no release date news surfaced, "Outer Banks" enthusiasts waited patiently until April ... then May ... and finally June. During Netflix's Geeked Week event in the first week of June 2021, the streaming service finally confirmed via a teaser trailer the release date for "Outer Banks" Season 2. 

Prepare to head back to North Carolina — and beyond, but we'll get to that later — for more steamy drama and high-stakes adventures on July 30. That's one year, three months, and 15 days after "Outer Banks" Season 1 premiered on Netflix, which isn't too far off the one-year-later mark. Plus, it's pretty darn impressive that the cast and crew were able to complete Season 2 in that timeframe considering how massively the COVID-19 pandemic affected film and television productions across the globe in 2020 and 2021.

Which cast members are coming back for Outer Banks Season 2?

If you loved the first season of "Outer Banks," there's a good chance the cast at the heart of the series was a big reason why. It shouldn't come as a surprise to hear that, according to Deadline, all of the Pogues and associates are slated to return for the next season. Get ready to see Chase Stokes, Madelyn Cline, Madison Bailey, Rudy Pankow, and Jonathan Daviss back in action when the new season premieres on July 30.

There will be some other familiar faces returning as well. Austin North and Deion Smith are slated to reprise their roles as Topper and Kelce, respectively. Perhaps most intriguing is the confirmation that Charles Esten and Drew Starkey are coming back to play the villainous father and son duo Ward and Rafe Cameron. It's not entirely shocking, but it gives us a clue about where things will pick up at the beginning of "Outer Banks" Season 2.

Here's what might happen in Outer Banks Season 2

Speaking of where things are going in "Outer Banks" Season 2, we do have a general idea of what we can expect. The biggest clue thus far is the caption on the Instagram post announcing the second season: "See you in the Bahamas." At the end of "Outer Banks" Season 1, John B and Sarah were shipwrecked on their way to the Bahamas in an attempt to recover the stash of gold Ward hid there. They were rescued by a ship bound for Nassau, and it now seems that we have confirmation that we'll be spending at least some of Season 2 in the island nation.

Back on the Outer Banks, we're very curious to see what happens to Ward Cameron now that his crimes have been exposed. He's presumably going to be arrested after John B spilled the beans, but given how powerful he's proven to be, we're not so sure he's going to prison without a fight. Similarly, his son Rafe found himself in a compromising position at the end of the first season when his drug dealer Barry (Nicholas Cirillo) revealed that he knows Rafe killed the sheriff. Barry seems poised to use the information to blackmail Rafe, which should provide a juicy storyline for the next season.

Of course, the rest of the Pogues will be dealing with their missing friends, the ongoing threats from Rafe, and the romantic interpersonal drama they're all enmeshed in. There are still a lot of outstanding questions, and we look forward to returning to the "Outer Banks" to get the answers.