Netflix had a premonition: In the year 2020, with beaches closed and spring breaks canceled, the people would need a steamy island mystery to make quarantine a little less suffocating. And so the hot teen drama Outer Banks was born, dropping on the streaming platform on April 15 in all its North Carolina sun-kissed glory. The series chronicles tension between the working-class Pogues and the wealthy Kooks, as the Pogues hunt for $400 million of sunken treasure.
Our heroes find the treasure, of course, but Netflix would never allow them to walk away easy. At the end of the series, the money is stolen; protagonist John B. is framed for murder; and both John B. and his girlfriend, Sarah, are presumed dead after their boat capsizes in a storm. But, lo and behold, they’re actually on another boat—this one headed to the Bahamas, where they hope to reclaim their spoils.
It’s a delicious dramatic adventure, but there’s a lot we don’t know about what will happen next. Here’s everything we’ve uncovered about Season 2 while we wait for it to drop.
Even though no official announcements have been made, you can expect to see your favorite characters again.
Netflix is tight-lipped about any official Season 2 news, but that doesn’t mean the series won’t continue. Creator and showrunner Jonas Pate told Entertainment Weekly that Netflix had already greenlit the team to write Season 2 scripts before Season 1 even debuted.
“We've been working on that for a few months now,” he said. And it would seem the writers have big plans.
“There will definitely be some new mysteries and some new ideas. It all comes off the same spine of the same story but it branches out in ways that hopefully the audience won't see coming,” Pate said.
At least part of Season 2 will take place in the Bahamas.
“We'll definitely have at least a part of Season 2 that'll take place in the Bahamas,” Pate told EW. But don’t expect John B. and Sarah to linger on their Nassau vacation too long. Pate said the show works best when the Pogues are together, so a trip back to the Outer Banks is imminent.
There could be as many as four more seasons.
Netflix isn’t making any promises, sure, but Pate is ambitious about the scope of his story. “Ever since we started, we always viewed it as something that was probably like a four-season, maybe five-season show, but definitely four seasons,v he told EW. “We've sort of long-arced it out pretty far. I'm just hoping that we get a chance to actually tell those stories.”
The future of the Pogues is unclear.
Madelyn Cline, who plays Sarah, told Cosmopolitan, “I am for sure down to do a second season. The answer to that will always be yes. We as a cast have talked about it, and we’ve kinda talked about where we’d like to go with our characters and explore—but we don’t really know.”
Jonathan Daviss, who plays one of the Pogues, Pope, shares the sentiment: No one, not even the cast, knows what’s next. “I’m interested to see if we do move forward with the second season, where the Pogues relationship is going to be without John B.,” he told Seventeen. “Are they going to stick together as a family? Are they going to separate because of it? Is that relationship going to stick or are they going to be afraid?”
And so is the Season 2 release date.
As for when we can expect the next season, don’t get too excited. With COVID-19 shutting down production across the country, television development has sputtered to a stop. We probably won’t see Season 2 until late 2021 at the earliest. In the meantime, we have plenty of Outer Banks plot holes to decode in the meantime.
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