Let My Innie Know That ‘Severance’ Is Returning for Season 2

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'Severance' Is Returning for Season 2Atsushi Nishijima

The following story contains spoilers for Severance Season 1.

Severance, Apple TV+'s new satire/dark comedy/thriller/mystery series, is nothing short of the hybrid, genre-bending mishmash of a film buff's dreams. As a combination, in places, of the premise of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the aesthetic of Being John Malkovich, and the mystery/thriller nature of something like Lost—where there's an entire world that we need to learn to understand—Severance is nothing short of masterful. For a show that aims so big and complex, it's a mystery that not only does Severance hit on a thrilling week-to-week story, but it lands thematically, too.

The show centers on a man named Mark (Adam Scott) who's undergone a procedure called "severance," which entirely separates his life at work (for a company that's possibly evil, possibly a cult, and maybe even a bit of both called Lumon) from his life at home, where he's still greiving the loss of his wife. When he's inside the walls of his office, he knows nothing about his life outside. When he's outside the office, he knows nothing about his life inside. Hence, the show has adapted new terms for these different versions of Mark (and his Lumon colleagues, all of whom have also undergone the same procedure): innies and outies. You get the idea. Severance is a commentary on the modern work/life balance and how we all manage to cope with different issues and traumas that come from different parts of our lives; a show satirizing these issues isn't new, but doubling as a mysterious edge-of-your-seat thriller keeps every episode fresh and exciting.

While the show was created by Dan Erickson, the biggest name creative force behind Severance is none other than Ben Stiller, who is both an executive producer of Severance and also directed six of the season's nine episodes. You probably know him best from his comedic roles in movies like Zoolander or Meet the Parents, but Stiller has been a talented filmmaker behind the camera for basically the duration of his entire career; he directed shorts for his brilliant-but-short-lived show The Ben Stiller Show, before helming the movies Reality Bites, The Cable Guy, Zoolander, Tropic Thunder, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. A few years ago he made the jump to TV with Escape at Dannemora, and Severance continues his winning streak as a filmmaker (we can all agree to ignore Zoolander 2) while allowing him to expand his skillset both visually and thematically. Severance, in more ways than one, is a striking series.

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And now that we're at the end of the Severance first season run, it's time for us to start thinking about what could go into Season 2. We're starting to get answers, and as soon as the show's Season 1 finale airs, we'll likely have an even better idea. Now, we just have to wonder how all of our innies are ever gonna get the news.

Will Severance return for Season 2?

There sure will be. Just ahead of the Season 1 finale, it was announced that the show will go on for Severance.

"Thanks to creator Dan Erickson, the brilliant Ben Stiller, and an incomparable cast and crew, Severance has imagined an existence that‘s equal parts riveting and enthralling as viewers around the globe can’t get enough of these rich characters,” Matt Cherniss, head of programming for Apple TV+, said in a statement. “We’re excited to go deeper into this wholly unique world and unpack more layers of Lumon in season two.”

Stiller added that he's been excited to see the response from everyone who's seen the show, and that he's eager to continue on. "It has been a long road bringing Severance to television," he said. "I first read Dan’s pilot over five years ago. It has always been a multi season story, and I’m really happy we get to continue it." (For more on the background behind Severance, we highly recommend reading Esquire's feature on Stiller)

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What will Season 2 of Severance be about?

The Season 1 finale of Severance ended on quite the cliffhanger—with Mark, Helly, and Irv's Innies on the outside all having stunning revelations just before Mr. Milchick tackled Dylan and sent them back inside—so it would be cruel for Season 2 to do anything other than pick up the story basically exactly where we left off.

And there's quite a lot to explore; Severance is doing a wonderful job of world-building, as we're seeing more and more this version of the world that is basically ours, but with slightly different technology, procedures, and major political debates/issues. We don't have the issue of Severance in our world, but we talk about many things in the same kinds of ways.

We're already desperate to see the aftermath of basically everything; Mark has told his sister just about everything, and Mrs. Cobel has been outed as not really being the mild-mannered Mrs. Selvig. Innie Hellie—revealed to be an Eagan! a literal Lumon insider!—is actually firmly against just about everything Outie Helena and her entire family stand for, and has vowed to destroy the company. She made quite the statement before she got sent back inside. And finally, poor Irv had his heart broken once again seeing Burt live what looks to be a happy life with someone else. We can only assume that all three key characters—and those in their orbits—will reckon with these new developments in Season 2.

Based on the promise that we'll see more layers to Lumon in Season 2, we could also perhaps see the next season with either flashbacks, or an entire exploration of the start of Lum0n, and how Kier Eagan (the almost certain cult leader who founded Lumon) convinced others to join him.

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Who will be in the Severance Season 2 cast?

Another good question; the Season 2 announcement didn't make it clear if any of our Season 1 cast, which includes Adam Scott, Zach Cherry, Patricia Arquette, Dichen Lachman, Tramell Tillman, Britt Lower, John Turturro, and Christopher Walken, would be returning, but based on how Season 1 ended, we have to assume they'll all be back.

When will Season 2 of Severance come out?

We truly have no idea, but a standard guess would be about the same time next year—let's go with Winter-Spring 2023. And there's a good reason to think so; on October 31, 2022, Apple TV+ tweeted a picture to announce that Severance Season 2 began filming.

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