Created by Ben Stiller, Severance tells a disturbing story about an employee of Lumon Corporation who, to work in the special division, undergoes a surgical procedure that splits his consciousness. At work, Mark can’t remember his private life, and at home he has no idea what his career entails.
Grieving over his wife’s death, Mark indulges himself in a senseless office job that gives him oblivion. Unfortunately, he discovers that the almighty corporation has many dark secrets and starts to question the good intentions of its founders. The twisted story, uncanny corporate customs and stellar performances make Severance a true office thriller.
This dark satire about corporate life quickly gained a large group of devoted fans eager to know whether there would be another instalment – here’s everything that we know.
When could Severance season 2 release?
The first season of Severance premiered in 2022. Apple TV+ green-lit the next instalment even before season 1 ended. However, the release date wasn’t revealed then.
Fans who were expecting season 2 to debut in 2023 were bitterly disappointed. The show was first delayed by rumoured conflict between showrunners and later put on hold because of the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes.
Since the strike ended this fall, there has been no information about Severance season 2. However, there is a light in the tunnel – Apple TV+ shared a new image from the show at the beginning of 2024:
We hope that the picture of Adam Scott as Mark Scout will soon be followed by information about the season 2 release date.
Who could the cast of Severance season 2 be?
We expect the following cast members to reprise their roles in the second season of Severance:
Adam Scott – Mark Scout, a severed workerZach Cherry – Dylan George, a severed workerBritt Lower – Helly R., a severed workerJohn Turturro – Irving Bailiff, a severed workerChristopher Walken – Burt Goodman, the severed head of the Optics and DesignPatricia Arquette – Harmony Cobel, the manager of the severed floorTramell Tillman – Seth Milchick, the security guardJen Tullock – Devon Scout-Hale, Mark’s sisterDichen Lachman – Ms. Casey, the counsellorMichael Chernus – Ricken Hale, Devon’s husband
What could the plot of Severance season 2 be?
Spoilers for season 1 below
At the end of season 1, Mark and his friends explore Lumon’s building and find a hidden department full of goats. The team also devises a scheme that allows Mark, Helly and Irving to access memories from work while being outside the corporation. The plan works, but only for a limited time.
During that short moment, Mark finds a photo of his supposedly late wife, Gemma, and discovers she is the same person as Ms. Casey, the wellness counsellor in Lumon.
Helly wakes up at the official gala and realises that she is Helena Eagan, the daughter of Lumon CEO James Eagan. She also finds out that she underwent severance due to PR reasons – Lumon is trying to legalise their technology and sell it to other companies.
At the same time, Irving manages to visit Burt, only to discover he is in a happy relationship.
The series created by Ben Stiller is so enigmatic that it’s tough to predict what will happen in season 2. Rebellious employees may be somehow punished for what they did. Lumon’s managers probably won’t fire Mark and his friends, but will figure out how to imprison them and make their lives even more miserable.
It’s unclear what will happen to Helly. As the CEO’s daughter, she should be protected, but on the other hand, her employee embodiment is considered an entirely different creature.
However, there is some hope for Mark, who manages to tell his sister that Gemma is alive. Devon probably won’t believe it at first, and Mark won’t be able to clarify what he meant, but his family will surely try to release him from Lumon’s power.
How to watch Severance
Severance is exclusive to Apple TV+. This is typically $9.99/£8.99 per month, but there are ways to get a subscription for free.