It's been a long wait for Severance season 2 – but praise Kier, we finally have a release date!

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The wildly popular sci-fi series, which became a word-of-mouth hit after its 2022 premiere, stars Adam Scott as Mark Scout, the head of a team at Lumon Industries, whose employees have undergone a severance procedure which splits their memories between their work and personal lives.

Season 1 ended on a huge cliffhanger as various different plots came together, with Helly (Britt Lower) discovering her "Outie" is Helena Egan, part of Lumon’s senior staff who undertook being 'severed' as a PR exercise. She then goes on to speak to the room at a Lumon Event, accusing the company of torturing its employees.

Meanwhile, Mark discovers his wife is alive, and that she's none other than Ms Casey (Dichen Lachman), the wellness counsellor on the severed floor.

So, how will the story continue after these bombshells? While much is still yet to be revealed, we do have some clues - including a first look at Gwendoline Christie's mysterious character after her casting was announced!

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Here's everything we know so far about the release date, the cast and the plot of Severance season 2!

Severance season 2 release date

Severance season 2 will begin streaming on Apple TV+ on 17th January 2025.

Two episodes will be released at once, with the remaining eight episodes airing weekly on the streamer, as was the case with season 1. The finale will drop on 21st March.

Apple TV+ confirmed the highly-anticipated release date news with a teaser, alongside the message: "Like you never left."

You can watch it below:

The series went into production on season 2 back in October 2022 but was then delayed due to reported creative disputes as well as the Hollywood strikes.

In early January 2024, producer Ben Stiller confirmed that he was "working on" Severance season 2, but more good news came later in the month – when Apple TV+ confirmed that the instalment was in production.

Sharing a shot of Scott's Mark Scout running down a corridor, they described the picture as: "A black and white action shot of Mark S (Adam Scott) running down a long white hallway. On the right side of the picture is a large camera recording the scene, confirming Severance season 2 is in production."

The series wrapped filming in April 2024, meaning it's scheduled to spend less than a year in post-production.

More recently, some first-look images and footage were revealed, including a picture of Scott's Mark holding balloons.

Helly (Britt Lower) in Severance season 1
Helly (Britt Lower) in Severance season 1. Apple TV+

Severance season 2 cast

The full cast of Severance season 1 is expected to return, with some new faces too! The cast list, therefore, currently looks like this:

  • Adam Scott as Mark Scout
  • Britt Lower as Helly
  • Zach Cherry as Dylan
  • John Turturro as Irving
  • Patricia Arquette as Harmony Cobel
  • Tramell Tillman as Seth Milchick
  • Christopher Walken as Burt Goodman
  • Dichen Lachman as Ms Casey
  • Jen Tullock as Devon
  • Michael Chernus as Ricken Hale
  • Gwendoline Christie as TBC
  • Aia Shawkat as TBC
  • Bob Balaban as TBC
  • Merritt Wever as TBC
  • Robby Benson as TBC
  • Stefano Carannante as TBC
  • John Noble as TBC
  • Ólafur Darri Ólafsson

We're expecting the majority of the main cast, led by Adam Scott and Britt Lower, to return. In October 2022, Variety reported they'll be joined by some new faces.

Game of Thrones and Wednesday star Gwendoline Christie, Arrested Development's Alia Shawkat, The French Dispatch's Bob Balaban and Unbelievable's Merritt Wever are among them, though who they'll be playing remains a mystery at this stage.

However, the new teaser did give us a clue, as Christie's character appears and tells Mark and Helly: "You should have left." Sinister!

Gwendoline Christie in Severance season 2
Gwendoline Christie in Severance season 2. Apple TV+

Robby Benson (One To One), Stefano Carannante (Mirabilia), John Noble (The Lord of the Rings) and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (The Tourist) have also been confirmed.

Given that some other guest characters died during the course of season 1, it’s less clear whether they’ll continue to be involved in the story (for example, Yul Vazquez’s 'Petey', who met his demise in season 1, continued to appear in flashbacks and archive footage).

Is there a trailer for Severance season 2?

Zach Cherry, Britt Lower and John Turturro in Severance
Zach Cherry, Britt Lower and John Turturro in Severance. Apple TV+

There's no full length trailer for Severance season 2 just yet but you can watch the latest teaser trailer at the top of this page.

How many episodes will be in Severance season 2?

Good news – Severance season 2 will consist of 10 episodes, one more than season 1!

We're assuming there'll be a lot to get through – so the longer episode count can hopefully only be a good thing!

Adam Scott as Mark in Severance
Adam Scott as Mark in Severance. Apple TV+

Severance season 2 plot

We finally have some confirmed details about season 2! The released logline for is: "Mark and his friends learn the dire consequences of trifling with the severance barrier, leading them further down a path of woe."

We've also got some clues from various teasers. Previously, Apple TV+ released a sneak peek, with the footage showing Mark re-entering Lumon, as Tramell Tillman’s Milchick tells him: "Welcome back. Been a minute."

In another clip from the footage, Mark switches between his split personalities while lying on the conference table before running down a hallway.

Adam Scott, Zach Cherry, John Turturro and Britt Lower in Severance
Adam Scott, Zach Cherry, John Turturro and Britt Lower in Severance. Apple TV+

Severance’s first season ends on quite the cliffhanger, so fans will be thanking Kier himself that a second season is coming to pick up where things left off.

After a season of following the severed 'Outie' life of Mark Scout and the separate 'Innie' life of Mark S, the final episode combines the two plotlines, with 'Innie' Mark waking up inside his body outside of the Lumon building for the first time.

And he’s not alone – thanks to Dylan’s (Zach Cherry) operation of the Overtime protocol, his MDR co-workers Helly and Irving both awaken in their 'outie' bodies too.

Patricia Arquette in Severance season 2
Patricia Arquette in Severance season 2. Apple TV+

Irving (John Turturro) discovers the unsettling paintings he’s been painting of an ominous corridor in the Lumon building, then tracks down his beloved Burt (Christopher Walken) – only to discover he has a partner on the outside. Still, he’s ready to confront outie Burt as the credits roll.

Similarly, Helly (Britt Lower) discovers some hard truths. It turns out her 'Outie' is none other than Helena Egan, part of Lumon’s senior staff who undertook being 'severed' as a PR exercise.

Onstage at a fancy gala, she exposes the truth of the severed employees’ miserable existences.

Adam Scott as Mark and Jen Tullock as his sister Devon in Severance standing together, looking out a window
Adam Scott as Mark and Jen Tullock as his sister Devon in Severance. Apple

Meanwhile, Mark (Adam Scott) tells his sister the truth, only to discover even more lies.

Seeing a photo of 'his' wife, he realises something the audience (and the bigwigs at Egon) have known for a while – she’s still alive and working at Lumon as the mysterious wellness rep Ms Casey (Dichen Lachman).

Mark S desperately tries to communicate this in the seconds before his 'Outie' returns to control, shouting "She’s alive!" as Dylan is tackled in the Egon control room.

Altogether, there’s a lot of plot threads to pick up in a second season. Will Helly and Mark’s revelations cause a public backlash against Severance? Did Irving reach Burt? And how will the severed MDR employees be punished when they return to Lumon for their next shift?

Tramell Tillman in Severance
Tramell Tillman in Severance. Apple TV+

Stiller has already offered some insight into what to expect from the second instalment back in April 2022, teasing there would be answers (and more questions) in store.

"I think it’s important for fans of the show to know that the unanswered questions do need to be answered at some point. It’s just, I think we feel this responsibility to do it in a way that is both responsible and entertaining," he told Deadline.

"Part of the fun of the show, I’ve found, is that people have so many different theories and ideas and thoughts about it, so there’s a responsibility you have, and one thing I can guarantee you is that [creator] Dan Erickson has thought about this, and thought about it a lot over many years."

He added: "We felt that there’s a balance [to aim for], because if too many questions are answered, then you don’t have a chance to really speculate and live in the world as much.

"So, we’re trying to figure out how to live in that world and figure out that balance, but the answers are there. It’s just, we want to try to mete it out in a way that feels fun and satisfying."

We also still don’t know what exactly MDR are working on at Lumon, how Mark’s wife survived, why Ms Cobell (Patricia Arquette) was testing her and Mark’s interactions, or whatever the hell was going on with the baby goats.

In short, there’s an awful lot still to get through, so thank goodness we’re getting more episodes to unravel it all. Waffle parties all round!

Severance season 1 is streaming now on Apple TV+.

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