Entertainment

Everything We Know About 'Severance' Season 2

When will Apple TV+ invite us back to the basement of Lumon?

Apple TV+
Apple TV+
Apple TV+

Severance, the mystery-box sci-fi thriller that convinced the last of the holdouts that, yes, Apple TV+ is well worth the subscription fee, gathered an army of vocal fans exponentially over its first season run, with more and more people entering the sinister world of Lumon Industries as episodes dropped every week. Directed in part by Ben Stiller and created by Dan Erickson, the show takes place almost entirely within the basement of a facility so secretive, its employees must undergo a “severance” procedure that permanently separates their work memories from their home life, effectively creating new people inside their brains that exist only within the confines of their offices.

The show steadily built up a following obsessed with its myriad twists and turns, and ended on a cliffhanger so world-shaking that we were all on pins and needles waiting to see if there would be more. If you count yourself among the Keir Eagan faithful, we have some good news for you.

Has Severance been renewed?

Yes! In early April 2022, mere days before the finale was released on Apple TV+, the streaming service announced that there would indeed be a second season.

When will Severance Season 2 premiere?

Apple TV+ has not yet announced an official date for Severance Season 2, and as they will probably be in production sometime this year, we may have to wait until 2023 for more.

What will Severance Season 2 be about?

So far, we have zero plot details about what comes after that shocking final episode, but we do know that the team behind the show has plenty of stuff already figured out. Creator Dan Erickson explained that they’ve already drafted an outline of Lumon’s “big alpha plan” for how they’re planning to use the severance procedure, as well as some of the philosophical aspects that come with this bizarre new territory. He also assured us that we’d find out what those goats are for soon enough. 

Who will be in the cast of Severance Season 2?

No announcement has been made yet about whether all the cast will be returning, but we can pretty confidently assume that everyone will be back. That includes Adam Scott as Mark, a formerly loyal “innie” at Macrodata Refinement whose research into what Lumon is actually up to revealed a shocking discovery about his presumed dead wife; Britt Lower as Helly, another MDR innie who found out in the series finale that her connections to Lumon are closer than she expected; Zach Cherry as Dylan, an MDR innie obsessed with escaping Lumon; and John Turturro as Irving, another innie whose faith in Lumon is tested after he develops a romantic relationship with a coworker.

Also likely returning are Christopher Walken as Burt, an innie working in Optics and Design who is the object of Irving’s affections; Patricia Arquette as Ms. Cobel/Mrs. Selvig, an unsevered Lumon employee weirdly obsessed with Mark; Tramell Tillman as Milchick, MDR’s monomaniacal manager; Dichen Lachman as Ms. Casey, the severed floor’s wellness counselor who also gets a shocking reveal near the end of the first season; Jen Tullock as Mark’s sister, Devon; and Michael Chernus as Ricken, Devon’s husband and author of a number of cultish nonsensical self-help books.

Who else will be involved?

Both creator Dan Erickson and director Ben Stiller are expected to return.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat.

Entertainment

Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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