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Invasion Season 2 - What We Know So Far

The first season of the massive Apple TV+ sci-fi show "Invasion" combines the classic story of a large-scale alien invasion with painfully personal, human viewpoints. The drama and the action spread all over the world, as the events unfold in front of wildly diverse characters that range from a Long Island-based immigrant family to the Japanese space program. As everyone is doing their level best to make sense of the situation and survive in the face of an incomprehensible global threat, the viewers perch firmly on the edge of their seats.

The first season of "Invasion" focuses on the very early days of what seems destined to be a violent, planetary-scale conflict against the mysterious invaders, so it's only natural that fans of the show want to see how the situation will unfold. Thankfully, "Invasion" has officially been renewed for another season on Apple TV+ (via Deadline). Let's take a look at what we know about the release date, cast, and plot of "Invasion" Season 2.  

Does Invasion Season 2 have a release date?

It's a little bit surprising that "Invasion" is getting renewed for Season 2, considering the show's reviews are pretty middling, to put it kindly. Its Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating is well below average, as is its audience score. There's also the not-insignificant fact that the show is pretty costly to make. According to star Shamier Anderson (who plays military man Trevante Ward), "Invasion" Season 1 had a huge $200 million budget (per The Hollywood Reporter).  

However, Apple TV+ continues to have faith in the show. Per Deadline, the streaming service renewed "Invasion" for its second season on December 8, 2021, confirming once and for all that the story will continue. Of course, it's still unclear exactly when this will happen, but judging by the fact that Season 1 was announced in January 2019 (via Apple Insider), and premiered on October 22, 2021, you can likely expect "Invasion" Season 2 to arrive in the fall of 2022 (taking the pandemic into account for why there was an extra-long wait for the release for Season 1).

Who's in the cast of Invasion Season 2?

When news of the renewal arrived, it included a cast listing that rattled off pretty much every major name in the show's first season (per Variety). While it's unclear whether all of these actors will return for the show's second season, it's probably safe to operate with the assumption that they do ... at least, for now. 

The forever talented Sam Neill hasn't yet commented on his potential return as Oklahoman Sheriff John Bell Tyson on his delightful, wine and farm animal-themed official Twitter account, but as his involvement in the upcoming "Jurassic World: Dominion" proves, the legendary actor isn't exactly opposed to revisiting a juicy role. Other cast members listed in the renewal news include Shamier Anderson (who plays Trevante Ward, the viewpoint character in the Afghanistan part of the plot), Shioli Kutsuna (Japanese space program worker Mitsuki Yamato), and Golshifteh Farahani and Firas Nassar (Aneesha and Ahmed Malik). Azhy Robertson and Tara Moyaedi (Luke and Sarah Malik), Daisuke Tsuji (Kaito Kawaguchi), and Billy Barratt (Casper Morrow) are also among the Season 1 cast members the renewal announcement mentions by name. 

What's the plot of Invasion Season 2?

Unless the series is going to pivot heavily after the events of Season 1, it seems pretty clear that the show intends to keep to its central premise of an alien invasion. In fact, writer and executive producer Simon Kinberg has essentially confirmed as much. "I'm super excited about what we're planning for Season 2, expanding our universe in the most intimate and epic ways," Kinberg teased upon news of the show's renewal (per Deadline). 

Knowing this, it certainly appears that the people behind "Invasion" are busy drafting plans to keep up the combination of large-scale havoc and personal tragedies that forms the backbone of the show, and to refine the formula even further on both fronts. As such, "Invasion" Season 2 might be one of the biggest, most visually impressive things in the TV world when it arrives (or at least in the Apple TV+ world).