It’s official – animated series Arcane has been renewed for a second season on Netflix.
Set in Riot Games’ League of Legends universe, Arcane follows the fates of sisters Jinx and Vi, who find themselves on opposing sides of a war.
With season two in production, fans will be thrilled to hear that stars Hailee Steinfeld and Ella Purnell are set to reprise their roles as Vi and Jinx respectively, alongside Katie Leung, who plays Caitlyn.
“We’re beyond happy about the positive response to Arcane‘s first season and are working hard with the creative wizards at Riot and Fortiche to deliver our second instalment,” said co-creators Christian Linke and Alex Yee.
Ahead of the first season’s premiere on Netflix at the beginning of November 2021, Linke spoke about how the show serves as a “love letter” to the League community, from Rioters to players.
“I really feel confident in the statement that everyone that works on these things feels like they’re working on the most important thing they’ve ever done in their craft,” he told Deadline.
It’s hardly surprising then, that the series has earned such a quick renewal.
But with the first season of the animated series ending with a huge cliffhanger, what can we expect from the next batch of episodes? Read on for everything we know so far about Arcane’s season two release date rumours.
Arcane season 2 release date rumours
Netflix announced in November 2021 that a second season of Arcane was officially green-lit – in fact, the exact wording used by the @NetflixGeeked Twitter account was “in production”, which bodes well in suggesting that work on the new episodes is already under way.
The streamer is yet to officially confirm a release date for season two but Riot Games CEO Nicolo Laurent has given fans some good news and some bad news on that front.
“We are working on #Arcane season 2,” he tweeted in November 2021. “The good news: you won’t have to wait for 6 years (the time it took us to making season 1). The bad news: it’s not coming in 2022.”
Fingers crossed production doesn’t suffer any more delays after production on the first set of episodes was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which meant pushing Arcane’s planned 2020 release to November 2021.
Explaining the delay to the first season, Greg Street (also known as Ghostcrawler), Head of Creative Development for Riot Games, said: “Creative development and production is hard, especially in a world where you can’t see your coworkers IRL. We have video meetings now, which help, but they are no substitute for being in a room where we can really get the creative energy flowing. Combine these issues, along with the technical difficulties of production at the international scale, and the problem becomes a lot bigger.”
Arcane season 2 episodes
Netflix is yet to confirm an episode count for the second season, though it’s feasible we could be looking at a release pattern akin to the show’s first outing, which saw a total of nine episodes released between 6th November and 20th November in three-episode batches.
Arcane season 2 cast
We can expect much of the main cast of the first season to return for the follow-up, including:
- Hailee Steinfeld as Vi
- Ella Purnell as Powder/Jinx
- Mia Sinclair Jenness as Young Powder
- Kevin Alejandro as Jayce Talis
- Katie Leung as Caitlyn Kiramman
- Molly Harris as Young Caitlyn
- Harry Lloyd as Viktor
- Toks Olagundoye as Mel Medarda
- JB Blanc as Vander and Bolbok
- Reed Shannon as Ekko
- Miles Brown as Young Ekko
Less certain is the involvement of Jason Spisak, what with his character Silco being killed off in the first season’s finale – though there’s always potential for flashbacks.
In addition, a teaser from Arcane’s social media team has fans wondering whether, alongside the familiar faces, there might be some new characters in the second season.
Ready yourselves, friends. Season 2 of Arcane is now in production.— Arcane (@arcaneshow) November 21, 2021
Where’s a Hexgate when you need one? pic.twitter.com/3aUeWuQ5Uu
While there are no new scenes in the teaser, Arcane fans are convinced they can hear the heartbeat of League of Legends’ champion Warwick, a part-werewolf, part-human and part-machine, who was experimented on in scientist Singed’s laboratory.
However, there’s no word yet about whether Warwick will be appearing in season two, so viewers will have to wait for more information.
Arcane season 2 trailer
A short clip accompanied Netflix’s announcement that Arcane would be returning for a second season – though it’s very much a teaser and doesn’t include any new footage.
Ready yourselves, friends. Season 2 of Arcane is now in production. pic.twitter.com/L9oYFzOn0X— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) November 21, 2021
We can expect a longer wait for our first proper glimpse at the next season of Arcane – for context, Netflix dropped a full-length trailer for the first season (see below) on 25th September 2021, six weeks prior to the show’s launch.
Arcane season 2 plot
Though there’s no official plot synopsis yet for the second season, we can make an educated guess or two as to how the early episodes might unfold given how the first season ended – with a huge cliffhanger.
The ninth episode of Arcane, The Monster You Created, saw Jayce (voiced by Kevin Alejandro) initiate a Council vote to give Zaun independence. The vote passed – but just at that moment a rocket fired by Jinx (Ella Purnell), who was traumatised from having killed Silco, hits the Council building.
That’s how the season ended – and with tensions high throughout the nine episodes between Piltover and Zaun, it’s highly likely the attack on the Council building will lead to more conflict and result in the vote for Zaun’s independence being disrupted, possibly for good.
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