After making a splash with Carnival Row at San Diego Comic-Con, with stars Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne surprising fans during a special screening, Amazon is betting big on the fantasy drama. The studio announced an order for Carnival Row Season 2 during its presentation at the 2019 TCA Summer Press Tour before the first season even premiered on August 30, 2019.
Carnival Row is a Victorian set fantasy about mythological creatures whose exotic homelands are invaded by man. Bloom plays a human detective named Rycroft who falls for a refugee faerie played by Delevingne. The series also stars David Gyasi (Interstellar), Karla Crome (Under the Dome), Indira Varma (Game of Thrones), and Tamzin Merchant (Salem).
Carnival Row Season 2 Release Date
There is no word yet on a Carnival Row season 2 release date. The first season premiered in October of 2019. Production started quickly enough on season 2 to hit a similar date in 2020 but that was before the showrunner shakeups.
Carnival Row Season 2 Cast
Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne are expected to return in the lead roles. David Gyasi and Tamzin Merchant should return in an increased capacity as Argus and Imogen as well. Given the events of season 1, Arty Froushan as Jonah Breakspear and Caroline Ford as Sophie Longerbane can be expected to be a big part of season 2.
Beyond that, it is now just a waiting game to see who else Amazon plans to bring in for Carnival Row Season 2. The world conceived by original creator Beacham is certainly big enough to accomodate some new faces. Prior to his ouster, Guggenheim even told Den of Geek that season 2 would see the introduction of a new pixie race from another part of the Carnival Row world. It remains to be seen if that is still in the show’s plans.
Carnival Row Season 2 News
Carnival Row Season 2 is officially in production! The stars of the series appeared in an announcement video, showing their excitement to return, also vaguely teasing the arrival of new characters for this second frame. Additionally, it seems clear from the cast’s comments that the second season will pick up immediately after the events of the first season, which saw major moves across the board for the arcs of every main character in the aftermath of The Burgue’s crackdown on its mythical-creature migrants.
Unfortunately, all was not well on the early production front for Carnival Row Season 2, seeing as Deadline reported back in October that creator Travis Beacham has left the show citing creative differences. Given that Carnival Row was adapted from a well-regarded feature script written by Beacham that appeared on the famed Hollywood Blacklist in 2005, this does not bode well for the direction the series may take.
In addition the Beacham’s departure, Marc Guggenheim (Arrow) is no longer serving as showrunner, turning over the reins to Erik Oleson (Daredevil). However, given Guggenheim’s involvement in the Arrowverse’s Crisis on Infinite Earths and his having stepped in for original showrunner Rene Echevarria, this change might be a bit more cosmetic.
We’ll keep you updated with Carnival Row Season 2 casting news and other items of note as we learn them.