Will there be a season 2 of 1899?

Everything we know about season 2 of Netflix’s 1899 series

Netflix's 1899

The mystery sci-fi drama 1899 has been on Netflix’s Top 10 series for four consecutive weeks since it debuted on the streaming service in November 2022. But has Netflix already renewed the series for a season 2?

Is there a season 2 of 1899 on Netflix?

Netflix has yet to renew 1899 for a second season. But given the generally positive feedback that the show has been receiving from viewers and critics alike, it would be a surprise if the streamer decided not to order a season 2.

How many seasons will 1899 have?

While 1899 only has one season at the moment, series creators Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar previously revealed that they conceived the series with three seasons in mind. In an interview with Moviepilot Podcast in November 2022, the duo explained that their three-season plan for the series comes from their background in film. As movie buffs know, each film is basically divided into three acts.

In a separate interview with The Hollywood Reporter in the same month, the pair shared that when they are making a series they “always like to have an ending” before they start. “We want to know where we are going,” said Friese. “We’re moving through a story, and we want to know how it will be resolved in the end. In the middle, there may be some ideas that are more loosely thrown in. And as we go through the process, the ideas can shift and move into a different position.”

About Netflix’s 1899

Set in 1899, 1899 follows a group of European emigrants traveling from Southampton, United Kingdom on a steamship named Kerberos to start new lives in New York City, United States. The migrants get caught up in a mysterious riddle after finding a vessel, which has been lost for four months, adrift on the open sea. (Warning: Major spoilers ahead) At the end of season 1, it was revealed that both ships aren’t actually real and are just part of a simulation.

1899 | Official Trailer | Netflix

What will happen in season 2 of 1899?

Emily Beecham as Maura in 1899
Emily Beecham as Maura in 1899

Plot details for the potential 1899 season 2 are being kept under wraps, but the series creators revealed to Moviepilot Podcast in November 2022 that the second season would explain the symbology of the triangles, with Maura’s (Emily Beecham) brother playing a very key role. As revealed in the final scene of season 1, Maura’s brother, Ciaran, conspired against her to trap her, as well as their father, Henry (Anton Lesser), in the simulation.

Anton Lesser as Henry Singleton, Maura's father in 1899
Anton Lesser as Henry Singleton, Maura’s father in 1899

As teased by bo Odar, the potential sophomore run will be “all about the fun and games, where you play with the theme, and maybe get a little bit more megalomaniacal and crazy, and then resolve it in the third season into a hopefully satisfying resolution.”

1899 season 2 cast

The cast of 1899
The cast of 1899

1899 has a big international cast and it’s safe to say that all of the characters we met in the very first season may likely return for the potential second season, including those who died. As revealed in the season 1 finale, most of the events that took place in the series were part of a simulation. So even though a lot of passengers met their demise during the nightmarish sea travel simulation, they aren’t necessarily dead in the real world, allowing them to reappear in 1899 season 2.

The show’s main cast includes Emily Beecham as Maura Henriette Franklin/Singleton, Anton Lesser as Henry Singleton, Aneurin Barnard as Daniel Solace, Andreas Pietschmann as Eyk Larsen, Miguel Bernardeau as Ángel, José Pimentão as Ramiro, Isabella Wei as Ling Yi, Gabby Wong as Yuk Je, Yann Gael as Jérôme, Mathilde Ollivier as Clémence, and Jonas Bloquet as Lucien.

Also included in season 1’s main cast are Rosalie Craig as Virginia Wilson, Maciej Musiał as Olek, Clara Rosager as Tove, Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen as Krester, Maria Erwolter as Iben, Alexandre Willaume as Anker, Tino Mewes as Sebastian, Isaak Dentler as Franz, and Fflyn Edwards as Elliot.

1889 season 2 release date

1899 season 2 doesn’t have a release date yet. But since the first season premiered on Netflix one and a half years after it started its principal photography, it’s likely that the potential season 2 won’t arrive on the platform until 2024.

Is 1899 connected to Dark?

1899 vs Dark
1899 vs Dark

Plot-wise, 1899 has no connection to the Netflix series Dark. But both series are created by Friese and bo Odar, and both series are under the mystery sci-fi genre.

Do I have to watch Dark before 1899?

As mentioned above, 1899 and Dark are two different stories without any plot connection. So, you don’t have to watch Dark before checking out 1899 or vice versa.

Is 1899 worth watching?

Netflix's 1899

If you love intriguing and mind-bending series, then 1899 is worth watching. Though criticized for its slow pacing, the show has received mostly positive critical reviews that commend its casting, directing, cinematography, and acting.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season of 1899 holds a “Certified Fresh” approval rating of 79% based on 29 reviews, with an average rating of 6.80/10. “1899 navigates its multicultural passengers through an atmospheric mystery and delivers a suspenseful journey, even if it may never reach a satisfying destination,” reads the website’s critical consensus.

Is 1899 based on a book?

No. 1899 is not based on a book. It’s an original story created by series creators Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar. When asked where the idea for the series came from, Friese revealed that an old photo started it all.

“Actually, the idea and the spark for it happened years ago,” she shared with The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s been quite a process getting to here. It was originally a photo that we found. We were doing research for something completely different, I actually don’t even remember what the research was for. But we stumbled upon a picture of a man in a white shirt covered in blood, with a hammer in his hand and a really weird look on his face, standing on top of what looked like an old boat. It was one of those pictures you’re drawn to, where you immediately start asking questions: What did he do with that hammer? Where does he come from? Where’s he going? What’s this all about?”

She continued: “Immediately, I had the idea that this might be a migrant on a ship. But what happened on that ship? That was the big question.”

Friese added that the European migrant crisis and Brexit also influenced the story of the series. “The refugee crisis was happening in Europe [around 2015/2016] and it was a very unstable phase,” she recalled. “We were actually really afraid of what was going on. It felt like unified Europe was slowly breaking apart, like every country was doing its own thing. There were lots of right-wing ideas bubbling up. Brexit happened. All this we sort of incorporated into our story.”

She continued: “We thought: We really want to take a look at Europe, just take it, put it on a ship, in a confined space, with lots of ocean around, where you can’t escape, and have like a little bit of an experiment, almost like a laboratory experiment. How do people cope with situations when they’re not able to speak the same language? What happens when you have all these different cultural backgrounds, that are put into a space like this? That’s what triggered the process. Then, of course, just like in Dark, we have a big philosophical theme at the center of it all about perception and reality.”

Where to watch 1899

Fans can stream all eight episodes of 1899 season 1 on Netflix.

Source: Moviepilot Podcast, The Hollywood Reporter, Rotten Tomatoes
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