Season 1 of the Halo TV series has just released this year, but it seems as Halo season 2 already started filming. Paramount has confirmed the return of the Master Chief, before the show even officially released, and I am curious if they are gonna improve the show based on fans criticism.
There are quite a lot of Halo fans out there, and even though I never played the video games myself, even I got hyped when this show was revealed. The franchise is just too big, to simply ignore it.
So when they revealed that Halo would get a live action adaptation, I got pumped! Until I remembered, that video game adaptations pretty much always suck. Exceptions like Arcane, or Castlevania excluded, there are very few examples of a successful translation from a game, to a TV show format.
As a rule of thumb, I would recommend studios to make a show that could stand on its own, without relying on the source material's success to rack in viewers. With this, whether it be books or video games, you should be able to make a successful adaptation.
I would say the show did an okay job. Still, viewers and fans of the franchise had their fair share of criticism, that we hope the producers will address and improve on in future seasons.
So when can we expect the new season to air?
Halo Season 2 Release Date: When Will It Air?
Even before season 1 premiered in March 2022, the show runners confirmed, that they will be renewing Halo for a second season. I hope they didn't change their minds, with the criticism fans expressed after the show's release.
But we will see, because as of September 14th the Spartans have landed. Paramount+ revealed, that filming for the new season of the Halo TV series has now officially begun. They even made a post on Twitter, showing the Spartan crew in Iceland, wearing their awesome suits.
Although we don't have an official release date yet, at least they already started filming, so we can expect a release in mid-late 2023. Otherwise, we might see the new season of Halo in 2024, which, looking at all kinds of possible reasons for delays, seems realistic.
Delays can always happen. I mean, look at GTA 6, we have been waiting for this game for forever:
It would be nice, if they used a little bit of time, to conduct a course correction for Halo season 2. I am sure, bringing Master Chief's character a little closer to the one, seen in the games, for example, would be much appreciated by fans.
Halo Season 2 Plot: What Can We Expect
Regarding the plot, the directors took some creative liberties fans weren't too happy with, and they will probably continue to do so in future seasons. Therefore, we can't expect the plot to be the exact same as in the games.
In the show, they teased enough possibilities for the plot moving forward, though, especially with the last episode, 'Transcendence'.
If you are curious about some more video game adaptation release info:
With the Spartans successfully completing their mission of recovering the Keystones and killing the Covenant's Blessed One, they will likely be going to look for the Halo Ring.
With Master Chief badly wounded, though, Cortana had to take full control of his body. This is quite the cliffhanger and a situation, they will have to resolve in season 2. Even more so, since Chief is the only one left, who can activate the Keystones, which are the key to finding the Halo Ring.
Season 2 will probably be all about finding the Halo Ring, now that they've secured a way to do so. The war between Earth and the Covenant will probably also continue, and we will see the return of Dr. Halsey, as she escaped the UNSC. With this, there are multiple plot lines in the first season, indicating that season 2 will be all about the race and battle for the Halo Ring.
There are also some rumors about the plot of the new Warcraft movie:
I don't think they will reach it in season 2 though. So stay tuned, we will probably get another cliffhanger, right as they are about to reach it, to prepare for season 3.
Halo: Cast Prediction
In Halo season 1 we got to see the main cool guy, Master Chief, in action. For my taste we saw a little too much of him, without helmet, and of him in action, you know the sex scene. In season 2 it is pretty obvious, we are going to see his return to the fray.
If you think a show with the protagonist always wearing their helmet doesn't work, this series proves you wrong:
In terms of the cast for Halo season 2, it's pretty much mostly speculation for now. But with how the first season ended, I think it is safe to assume, that we can expect the main cast, to stay the same. This includes:
- Pablo Schreiber as Master Chief
- Jennifer Talor as Cortana
- Yerin Ha as Kwan Ha
- Nastascha McElhone as Dr. Catherine Halsey
- Bookeen Woodbine as Soren-066
- Shabana Azmi as Margaret Parangosky
- Natasha Culzac as Riz-028
- Olive Gray (as Dr Miranda Keyes)
- Kate Kennedy as Kai-125
- Danny Sapani as Captain Jacob Keyes
- Bentley Kalu as Vannak-134
All in all, even though we don't have an official release date yet, I would say there are actually a bunch of things we can already tell, about the second season of the Halo TV series. The plot is pretty obvious, considering the ending of the first season and besides new cast members, we don't really expect a lot of changes for the cast either.
Talking about casting, or lets just say, perfect casting:
Let's just hope, that the show runners use the criticism by fans, to improve the formula to their show, and then I really think, the show could be a decent video game adaptation.