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Netflix's Arcane Season 2 Release Date, Cast And Plot - What We Know So Far

When "Squid Game" started streaming earlier this year on Netflix, many fans thought it would be the best-rated original series of 2021 without a challenger in sight. Then Riot Games said "hold my beer" right before dropping Season 1 of "Arcane," which is now the highest-rated Netflix original series on IMDb of all time (according to Forbes). The show is based on the MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) "League of Legends." While "Arcane" does borrow a lot of the game's lore in order to tell its story, you don't need to be even remotely familiar with it in order to enjoy the show. 

It's not uncommon for popular shows like this to announce their next season immediately after (or even before) it's finished airing, and fans are already demanding to know when Season 2 of "Arcane" is going to be coming out. Luckily for impatient fans, announcements have been made — and there's some really exciting news.

When is the release date for Arcane Season 2?

Let's start with the good news: it has been confirmed that fans will definitely, 100% get a second season of the show. Riot Games CEO Nicolo Laurent recently tweeted the good news, embedding an old tweet and video from October 2019 when the show was originally announced. The first part of the tweet reads "So yeah, we are working on #Arcane season 2. The good news: you won't have to wait for 6 years (the time it took us to make season 1)."

But there's a catch, and it's in the second part of the tweet. It reads "the bad news: it's not coming in 2022," with a crying face emoji. That is a shame, especially since the series is so popular among fans. According to the Forbes article mentioned earlier, this show has already outperformed hits like "Squid Game" — and every other Netflix original series — in its first few weeks, in terms of IMDb ratings. Waiting over a year or more for Season 2 is going to be a struggle for diehard fans of the show.

Who are the characters in Arcane Season 2?

There was certainly a lot going on in Season 1 of "Arcane" that left fans on the edge of their seat by the end. We already know that Silco gets shot and killed in the finale, and that an unfortunate number of characters are staring down the barrel of a rocket launcher. So who will we see again, and who's on the outs?

For sure, we can assume that Vi and Jinx will be back. The show put a lot of effort into their story arc, and fans have responded in kind with tons of fan art on Twitter, among other social media outpourings of love. Given the show's critical and fan acclaim, voice actors Hailee Steinfeld and Ella Purnell will most likely return to reprise the characters for Season 2. As for the rest of the supporting characters, fans will have to wait until the smoke clears (literally) to see who does and doesn't survive the blast.

What is the plot of Arcane Season 2?

While no details have been confirmed as of yet, Season 2 of "Arcane" will likely take a deeper dive into the relationship between Vi and Jinx. The two sisters have been through a lot, but they still have a very long way to go in order to settle the strife between them. In a way, their sisterly struggle resonates with so many viewers because of how relatable their interpersonal story is.

Another important plot point that will surely pick up where it left off is the aftermath of the rocket that Jinx launches in the season finale. There are some very important and powerful people who are unlikely to survive that blast. Odds are favorable that it will create a power vacuum in the city, and power vacuums rarely end with peace and tranquility. There's probably going to be a very violent and tumultuous grab for control among the major players. And if you thought there were some profound deaths in Season 1, we can only imagine that Season 2 will take it to the next level.