Prepare to journey back to the Galactic Empire with Salvor Hardin and his followers in this hit AppeTV series inspired by the books written by Isaac Asimov. Foundation Season 1 left us with cliffhangers and loose strings left and right that we can hardly wait for Foundation Season 2 to answer our questions. Here is what we know so far about the upcoming season, the season's cast, and everything you need for Foundation Season 2.
Foundation Season 2 Release Date: When Will Foundation Season 2 Come Out on AppleTV?
Even before the release of the last episode of Foundation Season 1 in November 2021, Apple announced the renewal of the series for its second season in October 2021. There is still no news about the exact release date of Foundation Season 2. Foundation lead star Leah Harvey shared via an Instagram post that principal photography for Foundation Season 2 is currently ongoing in the Canary Islands. With this in mind, Foundation Season 2 may be back on our screens by Fall or Winter 2022.
Foundation Season 2 Cast: Who Will Return For Foundation Season 2? Will There Be New Cast Members Joining Foundation Season 2?
The main cast from season 1 will return to play the same roles in Foundation Season 2. Jared Harris will still play Hari Seldon alongside Lou Llobell as Gaal Dornick, and Leah Harvey as Salvor Hardin. Other actors reprising their roles include Laura Birn as Eto Demerzel, Lee Pace as Brother Day, Terrence Mann as Brother Dusk, and Cassian Bilton as Brother Dawn.
New actors will also join the show as new characters are introduced in Foundation Season 2. Isabella Laughland (previously from Harry Potter) will play Brother Constant, Kulvinder Ghir will play Poly Verisof, Sandra Yi Sencindiver (from The Wheel of Time) plays Enjoiner Rue, and Dimitri Leonidas will play Hober Mallow.
We will also see Ella-Rae Smith from Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw as Queen Sareth of Cloud Dominion, Ben Daniels as Bel Riose, Holt McCallany as Warden Jaegger Fount, and Mikael Persbrandt as The Warlord of Kalgan.
Rachel House from Cowboy Bebop will play Tellem Bond and Nimrat Kaur will be Yanna Seldon. Six out of the ten new characters do not appear in the books and were created only for the television series.
Foundation Season 2 Plot: What Will Happen in Foundation Season 2?
The end of Foundation Season 1 left us on a time skip, from which we can safely assume that Foundation Season 2 will take place at least 138 years after the events that occurred in the first season. Through clones, simulations, and cryosleep, we will still see the same characters from the first season appear in Season 2. One of these characters is the immortal robot Demerzel who goes through an existential crisis.
Fans may turn to the books to try and predict the plot of the second season, but the Foundation series has deviated significantly from the books by the end of season 1. However, we can assess the two major cliffhangers from season 1 to anticipate the story of Foundation Season 2.
*Season 1 spoilers ahead*
By the end of Foundation Season 1, we now know that the current rulers of the Empire are identical clones of Cleon I. This information was revealed when Eto Demerzel killed the present Brother Dawn because of genetic differences that made him 'impure.' Later on, we find out that all of the clones are genetically unique from Cleon I because an anti-Empire group altered the genetic make up Cleon I host body.
The other cliffhanger from Season 1 was the lineage of Salvor Hardin. We learn by Season 1, Episode 10 that Salvor is the daughter of Gaal Dornick, and they meet 138 years in the future. Gaal froze her embryo in Episode 2, and the embryo grew up to be Salvor a hundred years later. Both Gaal and Salvor have had their own share of time traveling, which is the only reason they get to meet in the first place.
In an interview, Foundation Season 2 showrunner David S. Goyer talks about how these shockers can affect the events of Season 2.
Part of the fun of the show moving forward we'll be seeing how different the various Cleons are. It's part of the jazz that we're playing with Terrence, Cassian and Lee because, even though they're the same actors, some of the characters are going to be very different. One of the things that's exciting about this monkey wrench, that's thrown into the Genetic Empire, is what does that do when you introduce chaos into that system?
In a separate interview, Goyer also marveled at the possibilities that time-travel presented to the story of Gaal and Salvor:
The story of Gaal and Salvor… I would say the closest analogy would be if someone gave up a child at birth and didn't even know what happened to them. And then one day that adult child knocks on their door and says, 'Hey, mom'. What's a little different is that, at least biologically, Salvor's a few years older than Gaal, which is one of the fun things that you can only do in science fiction. I think Salvor's about 26 or 27 years old, and Gaal is only about 23 years old, 22 years old.
Foundation Season 2 Trailer: Where Can I Watch The Foundation Season 2 Trailer?
Foundations Season 2 is still in the middle of completing the principal photography, so it may take some time before we have a trailer. Here is the trailer for Foundation Season 1 to give you a quick recap of the events that happened in the first season:
Foundation Season 2 Where to Watch: Where Can I Watch Foundation Season 2?
Foundation Season 2 will be available on AppleTV. You can also watch the first season of the show on AppleTV.
Foundation can be a mind-boggling series to follow, with all the time-travel and sci-fi elements, but these can be the same things that make it worthwhile. Don't worry, we will be here to help you keep track of all things we can expect from Foundation Season 2.