The Diplomat spoilers follow.
The Diplomat season 2 is officially happening on Netflix, which comes as no surprise given it was a huge hit for the streamer. (Plus, it would have been cruel not to renew the show after season 1's explosive finale.)
The political drama follows career diplomat Kate Wyler as she adjusts to her new high-profile job as a UK ambassador in the midst of an international crisis, all while trying to survive her stormy marriage to fellow career diplomat Hal.
Featuring a cast that includes Cocaine Bear's Keri Russell, Bank of Dave's Rory Kinnear and Old's Rufus Sewell, the new show managed to dethrone fellow political drama The Night Agent from its long-standing number-one spot in Netflix's global top 10.
Now that we know Kate's coming back for more, here's everything you need to know about The Diplomat season 2.
The Diplomat season 2 potential release date: When can we expect The Diplomat season 2?
As mentioned above, The Diplomat has been officially renewed for season 2 on Netflix, although we're still waiting for a confirmed release date.
This comes as no surprise given the show was viewed for more than 57.48 million hours during its first weekend of release, meaning it was ranked number one among Netflix's English-language series in the US, and ranked in the top 10 in 86 other countries.
Netflix's vice president of drama series, Jinny Howe, said: "Fans around the world are loving every minute of The Diplomat's gripping and propulsive drama, and embracing Keri Russell's powerful performance as Kate Wyler.
"After that jaw-dropping cliffhanger, we can't wait for them to see what the amazing visionary team of Debora Cahn, Janice Williams and Keri Russell have in store for Season 2."
Series creator and showrunner Deborah Cahn added: "We had such a great time making The Diplomat, it's a thrill to see how much people are enjoying it. We're so glad we get to do it again!"
The Diplomat has been renewed for Season 2. pic.twitter.com/bnfaLvfoU1
— Netflix (@netflix) May 1, 2023
Despite the show's promise, the wait for that announcement was surely a tough one for fans given Netflix's habit of cancelling shows.
However, it was telling that Cahn signed an overall deal with the streaming giant, and she told Elle she typically looks for shows that can run for multiple seasons.
"I have been fortunate in my life to work on a lot of long-running series, so I think that's how I think," she said. "I look for stories that can go on for a long time because, for me, the excitement of being able to go in really deep with characters you already know and you have a relationship with is fantastic."
Hopefully, she's already planned out season 2. However, even if that is the case, we wouldn't expect it to hit the streaming platform any time soon given the tense atmosphere in Hollywood at the moment. We are, of course, referring to the ongoing actors' and writers' strikes.
It's highly unlikely that Cahn and team have put pen to paper in order to develop the second season script since the strike began in May.
The strike doesn't appear to be drawing to a close just yet as there haven't been any rumblings about a deal being struck, which means this stalemate could continue well into the year.
Fans of The Diplomat could therefore be looking at a summer 2024 release at best, but autumn 2024 looks much more likely.
The Diplomat season 2 cast: Who will be coming back for The Diplomat season 2?
It's been confirmed that Keri Russell will reprise her role as Kate Wyler (you can't have The Diplomat without the diplomat, after all), but who will be joining her?
While it's not been confirmed yet, we would also expect to see David Gyasi back as Austin Dennison, as well as Ali Ahn as Eidra Graham and Rory Kinnear as Prime Minister Nicol Trowbridge.
The following cast members are also likely to return for season 2:
• Miguel Sandoval as Miguel Ganon
• Nana Mensah as Billie Appiah
• Michael McKean as US President William Rayburn
The fates of Kate's husband Hal Wyler (Rufus Sewell) and Stuart Hayford (Ato Essandoh) are a little more uncertain, given they were both within range of Conservative MP Merritt Grove's (Simon Chandler) car exploding.
We see but don't hear the French police informing Kate of the news in Paris. Are Hal and Stuart dead or just injured?
Hopefully, this isn't the end for the husband and wife duo – Russell and Sewell brought killer chemistry to their marital roles. Speaking of their connection, Russell admitted to Tudum that it was "immediate".
During the same interview, Sewell added: "I met her in makeup. We're like, 'What's up?' And I walked away from that and thought, "Oh, she's nice." Which is a big part of it. In fact, it might even be all of it.
"Just to meet someone and think, 'Oh, they get jokes. They're nice, they're quick.' You don't have to finish your sentence. They know where you are."
More of that, please!
If we're really lucky, we'll get a The Americans reunion – as Keri Russell has already started to try to get Matthew Rhys on the show.
"He's so fun to work with. I would love to," Russell told The AV Club. "If The Diplomat gets a second season, maybe we can lure him our way. In fact, when we were filming last summer, I asked him, 'Don't you want [series creator] Debora [Cahn] to write something for you? What would you do?'
"Matthew likes tough guys because I think, you know, he's an actor and wears make-up for a living, so when I said, 'What do you want to play?' He said some kind of army or military soldier. So you never know."
The Diplomat season 2 plot: What will happen in The Diplomat season 2?
In The Diplomat's explosive season 1 finale, Kate and Dennison deduce that Trowbridge ordered the attack on HMS Courageous and hired the Russian Lenkov Group to kill his own men.
We then watch as Grove's car explodes with Hal and Stuart within range before the police inform Kate of the news and the credits roll in.
Now that season 2 has gotten the thumbs up, it looks like we'll finally find out if Hal and Stuart were killed by the blast or if they're in hospital recovering.
Sharing his hopes for their survival in an interview with Tudum, Sewell said: "I hope we all survive. What can I say? I mean, I loved the dramatic turn. I just have to hope that everyone will be OK. But the drama needs to be real."
As for Kate and Hal’s marital issues, he added: "I like to think there are enough problems to last us [a few seasons]. Who knows?"
Meanwhile, Kate and Dennison will likely be building a case against Trowbridge in season 2.
"I’m excited to see what that relationship [becomes]," Gyasi said of the political duo to Tudum. "They’re so opposite to one another, and yet, when you scratch the surface, [you see] what drives them [and they’re] probably more connected to one another than a lot of other characters."
The Diplomat season 2 trailer: Any footage of The Diplomat season 2?
The Diplomat has only just been renewed by Netflix, so it will be a while before we see any new footage.
But make sure to stay tuned for additional information on season 2 — including trailers, official casting announcements and fresh plot details.
The Diplomat season 1 is available to watch now on Netflix.
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