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Severance Season 2 - What We Know So Far

When "Severance" premiered in February 2022, the Apple TV+ series was praised as "one of the most impressive new shows of the last couple years" (via RogerEbert.com). Part workplace drama and part sci-fi thriller, "Severance" takes cues from Kafka's fantastical realism, as well as the stark paranoia of Alan J. Pakula's best films.

The series follows a mysterious biotech company called Lumon Industries, which employs the "severance" program, a medical procedure that disconnects an employee's home and work life, essentially creating two different people. This radical exploration of "work-life balance" specifically looks at members of the Macrodata Refinement division who spend the day — or their entire lives, as they see it — engaging in the scut work of sorting numbers into digital folders. 

Ahead of the Season 1 finale on Friday, April 8, Apple TV+ announced that "Severance" would be returning for a second season. Here's everything we know so far about the acclaimed series' upcoming sophomore season.

When is the premiere date of Severance Season 2?

As of this writing, there is no premiere date set for Season 2 of "Severance." That said, a second season is definitely on the horizon, and the "Severance" team has begun teasing a timeline for the show's return. In an interview with Variety in August, executive producer and series director Ben Stiller confirmed that preparations for Season 2 are underway: "We're writing and prepping right now to shoot in October."

A fall shooting schedule could map out a potential return for the show in 2023 — but fans shouldn't hold their breath for a swift return. Back in April, one impatient fan tagged Stiller on Twitter to ask, "You really expect us to wait over a year for Season 2?" Stiller responded, "It took us a couple of years to make S1. Hope you can hang in!" If filming isn't plagued by COVID delays like it was for the premiere season, fans should expect a faster turnaround for Season 2.

Who will star in the second season of Severance?

Barring any future announcements, the cast of "Severance" Season 1 is expected to return for the second season, including Lumon's core foursome of refiners: Adam Scott as Mark, Zach Cherry as Dylan, Britt Lower as Helly, and John Turturro as Irving. Other Lumon regulars Harmony Cobel (Patricia Arquette), Seth Milchick (Tramell Tillman), and Burt Goodman (Christopher Walken) are also likely to reappear, as are denizens of the "outie" world Devon (Jen Tullock) and Ricken (Michael Chernus).

Late Lumon defector Petey (Yul Vasquez) is unlikely to return for Season 2, unless it's in the form of a flashback. Ms. Casey (Dichen Lachman), otherwise known as Gemma, is almost certain to return to the series, unless of course she is "disappeared" by Lumon in the wake of the shocking "Severance" Season 1 finale.

Season 2 could also see the introduction of some new characters, and Ben Stiller teased who he thinks might be a welcome member to the series' unsettling universe. "For me there are a lot of people like Christopher Guest; I kind of imagine, 'Wow, that would be amazing if someday he might be a part of the show,'" he told Esquire. "It's fun when you have a show like this where it allows for people to maybe come in for an episode or two but also fit into the world of 'Severance.'"

What is the plot of Severance Season 2?

Series creator Dan Erickson and executive producer Ben Stiller have been tightlipped about the plot of "Severance" Season 2. Season 1 ends with a white-knuckle cliffhanger as the innies infiltrate the world of their outie counterparts. Their various discoveries — that Mark's late wife is somehow his coworker, that Irving's love interest is married, and that Helly is part of the Lumon family dynasty — will figure largely into Season 2.

Erickson, who spent 10 years developing the series, has already mapped out its conclusion, while adding that he's not committed to a specific length of time or number of seasons. "I have an end point in mind, and I intentionally didn't plan it season by season," he told Esquire. "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."

Erickson also offered more specifics as to the direction of Season 2, all while leaving plenty of unanswered "Severance" questions. "There's definitely going to be some expansion of the world," he said. "Within Lumon, we're going to see more of the building, and we'll see more of the outside world, too." 

If there's one thing for certain, it's that "Severance" will finally address those office goats. Said Stiller, "There's no way the goats are there for no reason."