Gangs of London season two has officially started filming and Sky has released the cast list for the new episodes – which contains one notable omission.
The crime drama, which proved to be a breakout hit when it debuted last year, starred Peaky Blinders actor Joe Cole as criminal Sean Wallace, whose fate was left somewhat ambiguous by the series finale.
While there's a chance his character could be dead, certain comments have fuelled speculation that the writers would find a way to bring him back, but his name does not appear in the latest details offered by Sky.
You can find more information on the Gangs of London season two cast further down this page, but rest assured that other key players including Sope Dìrísù, Paapa Essiedu and Pippa Bennett-Warner will be reprising their roles.
Alongside them will be a handful of new faces, including Waleed Zuaiter (Baghdad Central), Salem Kali (Dealer), Aymen Hamdouchi (SAS: Red Notice), Fady El-Sayed (A Private War) and French rapper Jasmine Armando in her first TV role.
Previously, it had been announced that The Nun's Corin Hardy would direct half the eight-episode season, while Marcela Said (Lupin) and Nima Nourizadeh (Little America) will helm two chapters each.
The show's co-creator Gareth Evans added: "I have no doubt under his direction the journey for this incredible cast of characters will be a visceral, thrill-ride packed with emotion and bloodshed."
Read on for everything you need to know about Gangs of London season two.
Will there be a Gangs of London season 2?
Yes! It was confirmed on 24th June 2020 that Sky had renewed Gangs of London for a second season, joining with US broadcaster AMC who will air both seasons in the States.
It's no surprise after the show's 7-day cumulative viewing figures of 2.23 million saw it become Sky Atlantic's biggest ever original drama launch, bigger even than Chernobyl and Save Me.
"Not only is Gangs of London Sky’s most binged premiere box-set this year, it’s the biggest original drama launch on Sky Atlantic of the past five years," said Zai Bennett, Sky UK’s Managing Director of Content. "It’s dark, dangerous and we are thrilled it is coming back for a second series.”
Gangs of Londons season 2 release date
There's no specific release date for Gangs of London season two just yet, but Sky has confirmed that the series will return with brand new episodes in 2022.
Filming commenced in late June 2021, following earlier comments from star Sope Dirisu, who confirmed the production was gearing up and that he was looking forward to getting stuck into his character once more.
The EE Rising Star BAFTA nominee said: "I would love for Elliot the same thing I would love for all humanity, and that is peace of mind and happiness, but I don’t think that is the trajectory that he is on.
“I think it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better for him, so I suppose what I would like that is a bit more realistic is a rollercoaster ride, something that he can look back and be like, ‘I lived through that, there were a lot of experiences’.”
Prior to the series renewal, director Corin Hardy revealed that he and Evans had big plans for a second outing, so expect plenty more action and jaw-dropping twists.
"I think there’s lots of things up for grabs and we’ve got a lot of big ideas but it’s obviously it’s up to the crowd watching if there’s another one," he told Metro.
Gangs of London season 2 trailer
We're still some way off a season two trailer, but if you want a clue as to when one might debut, Sky revealed a first-look teaser for Gangs of London (see below) on 2nd March 2020, around seven weeks prior to launch.
We'll bring you your first look at a second season of Gangs of London right here as soon as a trailer drops.
Gangs of London season 2 cast: Who's returning?
**Warning: contains spoilers for all episodes of Gangs of London**
Though it's unclear if Joe Cole will return as Sean Wallace – for more info on that character's fate, see below – the following cast members tare confirmed to be returning for Gangs of London season two: Sope Dirisu as Elliot Carter/Finch, Michelle Fairley as Marian Wallace, Lucian Msamati as Ed Dumani, Paapa Essiedu as Alex Dumani and Pippa Bennett-Warner as Shannon Dumani.
Asif Raza will also be back as Pakistani heroin kingpin Asif, who will be seeking revenge after his politician son Nasir (Parth Thakerar) was murdered in brutal gang warfare.
Season two has also added some new members to its cast, including Waleed Zuaiter (Baghdad Central), Salem Kali (Dealer), Aymen Hamdouchi (SAS: Red Notice), Fady El-Sayed (A Private War) and French rapper Jasmine Armando in her first TV role.
The other Wallace children, drug addict Billy (Brian Vernel) and A&E doctor Jacqueline (Valene Kane), were planning to flee the country at the end of Gangs' first season, though it's possible we might catch up with them again in future, along with other supporting characters like Albanian mafia boss Luan (Orli Shuka).
Though he's now long-dead, it's also feasible that Colm Meaney might continue to appear on the show as Finn Wallace by way of flashbacks.
It's probable we'll see more of Tim McInnerny as Jacob and Amanda Drew as Ms. Kane – the two representatives of Finn's mysterious investors, introduced in the first season finale – but director Xavier Gens also told Den of Geek that he expects "a new, big antagonist" to debut in the second season.
"We need to create a new one because the body count of the first season is quite elevated!" Gens said.
Corin Hardy, who directed four episodes of the first run, will be lead director this time around, while Marcela Said (Lupin, Narcos: Mexico) and Nima Nourizadeh (Little America) will take the reigns for two episodes each.
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Gangs of London season 2: Is Sean dead?
The first season of Gangs of London ended with many major characters in troubling predicaments.
Marian was shot by Ed Dumani and feigned death, but she actually survived the gunshot wound and finds an unexpected ally in Floriana, Finn's mistress.
Elsewhere, Shannon and Sean discovered Elliot's identity as an undercover cop, leading to Shannon taking the life of his handler Vicky. Sean reacts differently to the revelation - although he is shocked, he attempts to team up with Elliot in an attempt to bring down Finn's investors.
But in a final twist, Elliot betrays Sean, shooting him on the orders of the Investors, who'd threatened the lives of both Shannon and her son. Elliot allows Alex Dumani – the investors' hand-picked successor to take over Finn's criminal empire – to escape.
It appears the all-powerful investors have once again manipulated events to their advantage, but Elliot might have a trump card... in the form of a SIM card. Gifted him earlier by Sean, it contains years' worth of information accumulated by Finn prior to his death, detailing the investors' corrupt activities.
Will Elliot use this intel to bring down the investors?
Meanwhile, some fans have speculated that, despite taking a bullet to the head and apparently being declared dead by the police, Sean Wallace may still be alive.
Elliot notably shoots him in the cheek, with Gareth Evans adding fuel to the fire of those survival rumours: "I think we've kept that pretty open of where Elliot shot him. If it had been dead centre, then yeah absolutely [he'd be dead]."
So perhaps we could still see Elliot and Sean team up to take on the investors after all.
In June 2021, the official cast list for Gangs of London season two was released by Sky and Joe Cole was not among the names featured, but its still possible he could make a top secret cameo appearance.