Archive 81 Season 2: Release Date, Cast, and All Updates

The cast and crew of Archive 81 are gearing up for a second season but is the series renewed for another installment? It was predicted that Netflix would renew the series’ second season by February. However, to fans’ dismay that didn’t happen. Netflix is probably taking its sweet time and we’re hopeful that the second season will be greenlit although it might take a while.


Speaking to The Wrap, executive producer Rebecca Sonnenshine conveyed her ideas on another season.


“The idea is that we continue with these characters into a new season, should we be so lucky to get a second season.”


“It wasn’t conceived as a one-season show. I think there are more stories to tell. I think we end on a good cliffhanger that needs to be addressed, and we introduce a lot of characters that surround Dan and Melody that have very rich and interesting lives to explore further. So yeah, we hope to keep going.”


So yes, there’s a lot more to explore in the second season, and we expect Netflix to renew the series at the earliest. 


Archive 81 Season 2 Release Date


The series hasn’t been renewed yet for a second season but if renewed, fans can expect to see the new episodes sometime in 2023.


The Cast of Archive 81 Season 2: Who’s In It?


It’s expected that the characters that died in the previous season are likely to return along with the main characters in the second season including–


  • Mamoudou Athie will play Dan Turner

  • Dina Shihabi will return as Melody Pendras

  • Martin Donovan will portray Virgil

  • Matt McGorry will play Mark

  • Julia Chan in the role of Anabelle 

  • Ariana Neal will play Jess


Sonnenshine disclosed to Variety that Samuel (Evan Jonigkeit) will also appear in season 2 after fleeing from the world of mirror. 


“Samuel is still very much part of the story. And I think season two is ‘Where is Samuel?’ Where is he? And I think that that is a very exciting branch of our story that we definitely know what we’re doing with.”


It’s also possible that Donovan’s Virgil Davenport will play an important part to stir the plot.


“I think there’s a lot of story that we didn’t get a chance to tell in that eight-episode first season,” Sonnenshine revealed to Variety. “But we do know what Davenport is up to and so that is very much a part of season two. That’s great that, hopefully, we leave people with questions. I definitely try not to answer questions before people ask them as an audience. You don’t want to frontload information. We have a lot of cool stuff planned for Davenport.”


What Can We Expect In Season 2 Of Archive 81?


Showrunner Sonnenshine dropped a few hints on what the viewers can expect in season 2. She teased via Variety that Dan is indeed trapped in the ‘90s.


“He’s in the real ’90s, and the clue for that is that it does not have the particulates floating around there. He’s in 1994. And the question we’re asking is, we saw people disappear into The Otherworld in different time periods, right? So what does that mean?,” she added. 


“It means there’s little holes, little poke, poke — little entry and exit points. And that people have gotten kind of mixed up in there trying to exit, and maybe didn’t exit through the right door.”


In an interview with EW, Sonnenshine disclosed that the people accountable for the death of Dan’s kin will come into play.


“We definitely know who did that, and that is season two. There are a lot of little Easter eggs or little things like that, that if you’re like, ‘I wonder if that’s something that is part of the mythology and that will be explored further?’ And, yes. Some things just didn’t actually make it into the season. When you build a mythology series, you build out all this mythology, and then you’re like, ‘Oh, we don’t have room for all that.’ So that was a piece that we ended up saving for season two.”


Where To Watch Archive 81?


Archive 81 is available for streaming on Netflix.

Updates (21/04/2022)

Archive 81 has been officially canceled after the first season. Therefore, there won’t be a second season of the series.

Sonnenshine shared the sad news on her twitter handle that reads: “Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who watched Archive 81. Thank you to the reviewers who were so kind and thoughtful,” she posted. “We’re surprised and disappointed that we won’t be doing another season (we had cool new stories/found footage/Kaelego-lore planned). I hope you’ll remember us well.”


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