Foundation Season 2: Renewed or Cancelled?

Foundation‘ on Apple TV+ follows the epic saga of Hari Seldon, who develops a theory that allows him to predict large-scale events using mathematics. Created by David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman, the sci-fi series follows an astounding storyline that spans hundreds of years. It is based on the novel series of the same name by legendary sci-fi author Isaac Asimov.

Season 1 is a tumultuous affair that introduces us to a galactic empire slowly but surely slipping into chaos. The epic scale and complex plot that the show (and its sourcebooks) are widely lauded for means that events in the plot have widespread repercussions that continue to be felt far into the future. Though a few burning questions are answered, it seems like the show is just warming up, and loyal fans are already looking forward to another season. If you can’t wait to see more of the sci-fi series, we’ve got news for you! Here’s everything we know about ‘Foundation’ season 2.

Foundation Season 2 Release Date

‘Foundation’ season 1 premiered on September 24, 2021, on Apple TV+, with the season finale landing on November 19, 2021. In total, season 1 has ten episodes with a runtime of approximately an hour each.

As far as season 2 is concerned, fans will be elated to know that a sophomore season of the sci-fi drama was greenlit on October 7, 2021, shortly before season 1 episode 4 aired. Upon the announcement of the renewal, the head of programming for Apple TV+ Matt Cherniss said, “We know how long fans of these beloved Asimov stories have waited to see his iconic work brought to life as a visually spectacular event series and now we can’t wait to showcase even more of the richly layered world, compelling storytelling and stunning world-building that David S. Goyer has created in season two.”

In fact, showrunner David S. Goyer revealed that he envisions the story arc of ‘Foundation’ to run for eight seasons (or 80 hours), which Apple representatives were aware of even before they greenlit season 2. Hence, if all goes well, we can expect to see a lot more of ‘Foundation’ in the coming years. Reports of season 2 filming in Ireland remain unconfirmed, and, considering season 1 has just wrapped up, the follow-up installment could just as well be in pre-production. Filming a big-budget sci-fi show is also a complicated affair. But if principal photography starts soon, we can expect ‘Foundation’ season 2 to release sometime in Q3 2022.

Foundation Season 2 Cast: Who can be in it?

The cast of ‘Foundation’ is led by Jared Harris (Hari Seldon), Lou Llobell (Gaal Dornick), Leah Harvey (Salvor Hardin), and Lee Pace (Brother Day). They are joined by Laura Birn (Demerzel), Terrence Mann (Brother Dusk), Elliot Cowan (Lewis Pirenne), Sasha Behar (Mari), Daniel MacPherson (Hugo), and Pravessh Rana (Rowan). Whereas Kubbra Sait (Phara), Nikhil Parmar (Freestone), Cassian Bilton (Brother Dawn), Alfred Enoch (Raych Foss), and Amy Tyger (Azura) also play key roles.

Season 2 will likely see all the lead actors and most of the supporting cast members reprise their roles, with the possible exception of Cowan and Sait, whose characters are killed in season 1. There will also be many additions to the show’s roster since a host of new characters are expected to be introduced in the upcoming installment.

Foundation Season 2 Plot: What can it be About?

Season 1 closes with the Anacreons and Thespians ending their long-running war and coming together with the Foundation members to plot the Galactic Empire’s downfall. Meanwhile, it is revealed that the DNA of the original Cleon, which is the source that forms the genetic dynasty, has been permanently adulterated by rebels, thus effectively ending the dynasty that has ruled Trantor for over ten thousand years. The season finale ends with Salvor learning that she is Gaal’s offspring and uniting with her on Synnax one hundred and thirty-eight years in the future.

In an official press release, Goyer revealed that season 2 will introduce more of Asimov’s complex worlds and characters, including Hober Mallow (one of the books’ protagonists), General Bel Riose (a fearsome warmonger), and all the Outer Suns. Hence, we can expect the already expansive universe of ‘Foundation’ to spread even wider and likely become more complicated.

The themes of galactic chaos, and the theory of psychohistory, which allows one to forecast large-scale events, will likely continue to be in the spotlight in the upcoming season. Though it is unclear just how long into the future the follow-up edition will be set, we can expect to see Hari Seldon still pulling the strings, considering he is a central part of Asimov’s ‘Foundation’ books. Furthermore, we will almost certainly get to see more of Gaal and Salvor’s time together since they are united in the closing moments of season 1.

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