Altered Carbon Season 2 is coming in 2019, after the sci-fi drama received an early renewal prior to its first season release.
But what will Season 2 look like?
Speaking to EW, showrunner Laeta Kalogridis revealed her plans for the upcoming second chapter (SPOILER ALERT):
The first season roughly followed the first book by Richard K Morgan. Will the second season follow his second book, Broken Angels, or will it be its own thing?
That’s a very expensive book! With space battles and giant portals and huge warships that are orbiting the planet and a thermonuclear explosion. Richard came and worked with us in the writers’ room for a couple weeks to try and hammer out a story that was able to use elements of the second book without creating the vastness that is the second book. Also, the stuff we created in the first season that conflated some elements from the third book — like bring Quell (Renee Elise Goldsberry) into the story earlier — that also altered the structure significantly. So now you have this character who wasn’t in the second book and I hope if we’ve done our job people will be very invested in this love story. So that becomes very much a part of what we’re doing . … The idea was to mimic what the books do, which is to go from planet to planet and not stay in the same city. So the intent would not be to return to Bay City for the second season. Part of what I love about the books is the degree to which they hold up a mirror to the idea of faster-than-light travel by entangled consciousness downloading. That’s what needlecasting would be; you’re re-creating a consciousness far faster than the speed of light on another planet — and that’s just too cool not to do something with. Richard and I have a plan, I don’t know how people will feel about the plan, but we do have one!
The second book also has a 30-year time jump…
I’m not ruling that out, especially in a world where you can clone people or 3D print people. The emotional passage of time is always a good thing. I wouldn’t want to do a 250-year jump again, but I like in the second book where emotionally Kovacs is at due to what’s happened to him in the interim.
Full interview here.
Altered Carbon is expected to run for three seasons, reaper permitting, with the potential to expand beyond the three-book source material.
Are you looking forward to Altered Carbon Season 2? Should the show end with Season 3, or expand beyond the books?
Stay tuned as we continually monitor the cancel/renew status of Altered Carbon Season 3…