Co-created by ‘Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald D. Moore, ‘For All Mankind’ is a sci-fi drama series that presents an alternate history of the space race between the United States and the then-Soviet Union. Set in 1969, the show explores a world where the Soviet Union becomes the first to land on the moon, setting off a series of events that establish some fun new twists in the timeline of revolution in NASA’s space program.
The Apple TV+ series is well-constructed and is high in production value. It depicts an intriguing parallel history of space exploration, which amassed fairly positive reviews from its viewers and critics alike. Here’s everything we know about ‘For All Mankind’ season 2!
‘For All Mankind’ season 1 debuted on November 1, 2019, on Apple TV+, and wrapped up with its tenth episode on December 20, 2019. The show earned an early season 2 renewal in October 2019, before the first season even hit the streamer, as is the case with a handful of Apple TV+ original shows, such as ‘The Morning Show’, ‘Dickinson’, and ‘See’.
The filming for season 2 began in January 2020 and was two episodes shy of wrapping up the overall shoot when production came to a screeching halt in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the show has resumed production in August 2020 under rigorous health and safety guidelines. If all goes according to schedule, we can expect ‘For All Mankind’ season 2 to premiere sometime in early 2021.
Although the cast of season 2 hasn’t been officially unveiled, we can make some safe bets based on how ‘For All Mankind’ season 1 ends. The returning cast might include Joel Kinnaman as Edward Baldwin, Shantel VanSanten as Karen Baldwin, Sarah Jones as Tracy Stevens, Michael Dorman as Gordo Stevens, Wrenn Schmidt as Margo Madison, Jodi Balfour as Ellen Wilson, and Nate Corddry as Larry Wilson.
It’s highly likely that supporting cast members Arturo del Puerto as Octavio Rosales, Sonya Walger as Molly Cobb, Olivia Trujillo as Aleida Rosales, Wallace Langham as Harold Weisner, and Krys Marshall as Danielle Poole will return, too.
‘For All Mankind’ season 1 ends on a dramatically intense note for pretty much every character, which sets off a premise just as profound for season 2. Season 1 follows a group of mission control employees as well as the families of the astronauts. We see the United States working overtime to catch up with the Soviet Union. Edward is seen haunted by the possibility of what could have been if he had turned a blind eye to orders and landed on the moon before the Soviets found his way back into the U.S. space program.
By the end of season 1, Edward, along with his wife, Karen, are left reeling from the sudden demise of their son. Meanwhile, the bond between Gordo and Tracy bears the brunt of the latter’s success. Accustomed to being the sole astronaut in the Stevens clan, Gordo suffers a near-breakdown as Tracy gets ahead at every turn. In the season 1 finale, the couple comes back together, ready to take on whatever curveball gets thrown at them.
Season 1 finale offers several clues as to which direction the story will go heading into season 2. We might witness more of the rapport between fight controller Margo and migrant teen Aleida. Fans can also expect to see how things pan out with Ellen, who is going full steam ahead to commit to the easy but intrinsically fake relationship with Larry in order to conceal the fact that she is a lesbian from her NASA co-workers.
The official first look at the much anticipated second installment of ‘For All Mankind’ is here! It was released during the San Diego Comic-Con at Home 2020 edition. Season 1 ends in 1874, and following the release of season 2 teaser, it’s probable that season 2 will kick off in the early 1980s, as evidenced by footage of characters watching a broadcast from former U.S President Ronald Reagan, who was in office from January 1981 to January 1989. Check it out below!
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