Taboo Season 2: Renewed or Cancelled?

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Steven Knight, the acclaimed director of ‘Locke’ and executive producer of ‘The Peaky Blinders,’ teamed up with Tom Hardy, and his father, Chips Hardy, to bring macabre and violence in a television masterpiece titled ‘Taboo.’ The period drama series with a difference is set in the early nineteenth century as the War of 1812 is reaching its end. It follows James Delaney, who comes back to England with fourteen diamonds from his twelve-year-long stay in Africa.

Delaney and his confederates sift through the fabric of the violent underworld of London in the grim and gritty drama. Following its premiere on original networks BBC and FX in January 2017, the show garnered high critical acclaim, primarily on account of the aesthetic, the soundtrack by Max Richter, and a swaying performance by Tom Hardy in the central role. However, following the tense finale of the first season, you must wonder about the development of a follow-up installment. Let us weigh the prospects of a second season and see what is in store.

Taboo Season 2 Release Date

‘Taboo’ season 1 premiered on January 10, 2017, on FX, with the season finale being aired on February 28, 2017. However, the season debuted in the UK on January 7, 2017, on BBC One, and wrapped up on February 25, 2017. The first season packs eight parts that run for about an hour each.

Let us now explore the possibilities of a second round. In March 2017, shortly after the show’s finale aired on both sides of the Atlantic, BBC One and FX renewed the show for a second run. Co-creator Steven Knight was initially hopeful about the franchise, and he opted for a tripartite structure. Now, the face of anti-hero ‘Venom’ and his human counterpart Eddie Brock, Tom Hardy barely has much time to move forward with the show. With a new ‘Mad Max’ film being announced and the possibility of a third ‘Venom’ movie, the actor-producer seemingly has his plate full.

But in August 2021, Tom Hardy sounded pretty excited speaking to Esquire about the future of the show. He said, “The second season of Taboo is really, really important to me, and it’s taken a lot of thinking, because I really enjoyed the first one and I want to be really fulfilled by the second one.” Although it does not hurt to hope, it appears that we will not see the second season anytime soon. Moreover, Steven Knight is also busy creating a slew of miniseries for television and the Jake Gyllenhaal starring film ‘Rio.’ Therefore, if the script for the historical fiction crime series is finalized by 2022, we expect ‘Taboo’ season 2 to premiere sometime in 2024 or later.

Taboo Season 2 Cast: Who can be in it?

Almost all prominent cast members whose characters are alive by the end of the first season should reprise their roles. Tom Hardy will possibly reprise his role as the rogue anti-hero James Keziah Delaney, against Leo Bill as Benjamin Wilton, and Jessie Buckley as Lorna Delaney. Some characters’ fates are decided in the first season, which means that the actors may not reprise their roles in the follow-up season.

Franka Potente may not continue her journey with the show since Helga is shot to death in season 1. Oona Chaplin’s return is also improbable since her character, Zilpha Geary, shares a similar fate by falling off the rails. It remains to be seen if David Hayman, Jonathan Pryce, Mark Gatiss, and Stephen Graham will return as Brace, Sir Stuart Strange, Prince George, and Atticus, respectively. However, Tom Hardy has not dismissed the possibility of the second installment having an entirely new cast. If that is the case, we have to wait a bit more for further announcements.

Taboo Season 2 Plot: What can it be About?

Notwithstanding the show’s subtle hints about the world of the undead, the series is about war, colonies, and freedom. All the mud and macabre suggestions culminate into a characteristically dark and devastating finale. Loyal Brace is thrown out of the League of the Damned, and Zilpha looks for freedom in the ice-cold waters of Thames. James, who is serving a wrongful sentence, is further distraught to hear the fate of Zilpha.

James blackmails Strange into arranging for his escape. On the other hand, Lorna and Atticus free Helga, and together, they board the ship. But there remains a traitor, who has to die, and James has to escape the Prince and a company of redcoats. In the end, he sets sail for a new adventure in the Azores, although there are some casualties.

The second season seems to have a lot of room for exploration. It can move forward in the direction of the Azores or go back to James’ backstory and chronicle Horace Delaney’s (Edward Fox) life. In the interview with Esquire, Tom Hardy teased that the show’s sophomore edition could explore James Delaney’s time in Africa or go further back to the Napoleonic Wars. The actor-producer also hinted that the series could move in far-flung directions along the Delaney bloodline. Season 2 could begin with the League reaching the US and then Canada. We might even see a time jump that would bring the storyline to the turbulent late 1960s.

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