Warning: This article contains major spoilers for The Diplomat season 1.


The Diplomat fans, assemble: the political drama has been renewed for a second season on Netflix.

Honestly, we can't say the news comes as that much of a surprise given the first season's success and cliffhanger finale.

The first season of The Diplomat follows Kate Wyler (Keri Russell) as she's unexpectedly appointed as the US Ambassador to the UK and tasked with making alliances and defusing international crises.

But the ending left both her fate, and the fate of her husband Hal (Rufus Sewell), completely up in the air.

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Naturally, fans are desperate to know what's in store for the second season. So, without further ado, read on for everything you need to know about The Diplomat season 2.

Will there be a season 2 of The Diplomat?

Rufus Sewell as Hal Wyler in The Diplomat
Rufus Sewell as Hal Wyler in The Diplomat Alex Bailey/Netflix

Yes, as detailed above, The Diplomat will be back for season 2.

Netflix confirmed the season 2 renewal news on Tuesday (2nd May), with Kate Wyler actor Keri Russell, who also executive produced the first season, saying: “I am thrilled to be headed back for another round of this smart screwball show. Dare I say it’s fun? Thank you Netflix for giving us another shot.”

Showrunner Deborah Cahn added: “We had such a great time making The Diplomat. And it’s a thrill to see how much people are enjoying it. We’re so glad we get to do it again!”

Jinny Howe, the vice president of drama at Netflix, also said: “Fans are loving every minute of The Diplomat’s gripping and propulsive drama, and embracing Keri Russell’s powerful performance as Kate Wyler.

“After that jaw-dropping cliffhanger, we can’t wait for them to see what the amazing visionary team of Debora Cahn, Janice Williams and Keri Russell have in store for season two.”

The Diplomat season 2 release date speculation

An official release date is yet to be confirmed, however we would imagine that the earliest we could possibly see new episodes arrive is in spring 2024, a year from now.

We'll keep this page updated once we have any further information about the series's future and when it might start filming again.

The Diplomat season 2 plot: what could happen?

Plot details for season 2 are being kept under wraps, but the new instalment is likely to follow on from where season 1 left off.

The final episode of season 1 saw Kate and Austin realise that Prime Minister Nicol Trowbridge had been behind the bombing of the HMS Courageous, having employed the services of Russian mercenary Lenkov, seemingly so as to boost his poll numbers and avoid the break up of the UK.

It was a blockbuster reveal which was also matched by the series leaving Hal and Stuart's fates in the balance, who were caught up in the apparent assassination of a Conservative MP.

As the first season ended with so much up in the air, it certainly seems that the creative team will follow it up in the second instalment.

The Diplomat cast: who would be back for season 2?

Keri Russell and Rufus Sewell in The Diplomat
Keri Russell and Rufus Sewell in The Diplomat. Courtesy of Netflix

If The Diplomat does return then we would certainly expect major cast members such as Keri Russell, David Gyasi, Ali Ahn and – after that shocking reveal – Rory Kinnear to all be back.

Two characters whose fates are somewhat up in the air are Rufus Sewell's Hal Wyler and Ato Essandoh's Stuart Hayford, both of whom were nearby when Conservative MP Merritt Grove's car exploded, seemingly in an assassination.

In Paris, Kate and Austin were soon surrounded by police, but what they told them was inaudible. Are Hal and Stuart dead, or just injured? Our money is on the latter, but it's entirely possible we've already seen the last of them both.

Here's a full list of the central cast we would currently expect to return for The Diplomat season 2:

  • Keri Russell as Kate Wyler
  • Rufus Sewell as Hal Wyler
  • David Gyasi as Austin Dennison
  • Ali Ahn as Eidra Park
  • Rory Kinnear as Prime Minister Nicol Trowbridge
  • Ato Essandoh as Stuart Hayford
  • Michael McKean as President William Rayburn
  • Nana Mensah as Billie Appiah
  • Miguel Sandoval as Miguel Ganon
  • Celia Imrie as Margaret Roylin
  • T’Nia Miller as Cecilia Dennison

Is there a trailer for The Diplomat season 2?

There isn't a trailer for The Diplomat season 2 just yet, but we'll keep this page updated if any new footage emerges. For now, you can relive some of the action so far by rewatching the season 1 trailer here.

The Diplomat is available to watch on Netflix now. Sign up for Netflix from £4.99 a month. Netflix is also available on Sky Glass and Virgin Media Stream.

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