‘Severance’ Creator Dan Erickson Says “Season 2 Is in the Works”
Severance creator, showrunner, and executive producer Dan Erickson made a stop in Atlanta last night for a screening of the Season 1 finale along with a Q&A. The AppleTV+ series, which is nominated for an outstanding 14 Emmys, has become a favorite with fans since it’s premiere on February 18th. And the news of a Severance Season 2 pickup came before the show had even began airing.
“We weren’t green-lit when we shot it (Season 1), but right before it aired, like a week before it aired is when they officially green-lit us.” Erickson recalls.
The news is pretty much the only comfort that Erickson can offer fans in regards to how Season 1, specifically that final scene, left us, as he notes that Season 2 will be just as, if not more, intense.
“We’re working on it right now,” Erickson confirms while smirking when asked if Season 2 is stressful. “Yes, yes, it is.”
Expect some new faces in Season 2
Fans can also expect to see some new faces in Season 2. Erickson notes that after the success of Season 1, there’s been no shortage of big name actors reaching out wanting to be involved in Season 2.
“I can’t name names, but it is the big difference between doing a Season 1 of something that no one has heard of and doing a Season 2 of something that people are excited about,” Erickson reveals. “I’ll get emails like such-and-such wants to meet, and I’m like ‘why?’, and it’s because of Severance.”
“In the last 10 years or more at this point, tv has shifted and become this thing that is attracting A-list actors who you’d only see in movies,” he continues. “Mad Men, Breaking Bad, all these other shows that have all set the table where all this really interesting artistic stuff is happening on TV. And I think that’s where a lot of these people who I’ve idolized since I was a kid are starting to move over.”
There’s a lot more story to tell in Severance Season 2
Erickson, who only has one other television credit to his name prior to Severance, also added that there’s a lot more story to tell, adding fuel to fan theory fires about what could be down all the other hallways and behind the other doors at Lumon.
“Yeah, there’s definitely going to be a lot more doors opening up on the severed floor,” Erickson states. “We sort of wrote a check in this episode (referring to the finale) that we have to try to cash, which is that we’ve opened it up the outie characters and their outie lives. So we’ll see how much of it ends up being about that and where the focus ends up being.
“It’s definitely zooming out the scope of the story, and it’s becoming a bit bigger. So that’s really exciting to explore.” he adds.
Severance Season 1 is now available to stream in full on AppleTV+. And Severance Season 2 is hopefully not far behind. We’ll keep you posted as more details surface about the new season and the projected release date.
In the meantime, let us know your thoughts on Severance in the comments below. What do you want to see for Season 2. And do you have any theories about where the story is heading?