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'Foundation' season 2: everything we know about the next series of the sci-fi saga

'Foundation' season 2.should see Salvor Hardin as a major player in events again.
'Foundation' season 2.should see Salvor Hardin as a major player in events again. (Image credit: Apple TV+)

Apple TV+ recently announced the filming of Foundation season 2 which is great news for all of us entranced and intrigued by Foundation season 1 which concluded in such spectacular fashion and has left us thirsting for much more. 

Yes we're dying to know what happens on the planets of Terminus and Trantor as Dr Hari Seldon's prediction of the fall of the galactic empire seems to be on the right track so far! His psychohistory mathematics might be baffling to us mere mortals but his predicted path for humanity has been spookily spot on. But after the 'First Crisis' to hit in Foundation season 1 what could happen in Foundation season 2, and what new characters and plot twists might be on their way?

Showrunner David S. Goyer says: “Since my childhood I’ve dreamed of how Hari Seldon and Eto Demerzel would look and sound — what Terminus and Trantor would feel like. Now, with Foundation season 2, our audience will get to visit more of Asimov’s indelible characters and worlds, including Hober Mallow, General Bel Riose and all the Outer Suns. I'm thrilled that a whole new generation of fans are reading Asimov’s brilliant masterwork. We’re playing the long game with Foundation and I’m grateful to my partners at Apple and Skydance for entrusting me with this epic. Buckle up. We’re about to fold some serious space.”

So here's all we know so far about Foundation season 2 on Apple TV Plus...

'Foundation' season 2 release date

As the production of Foundation season 2 has only just been announced and is in its early stages we don't expect Apple TV Plus to announced the launch date any time soon, although we'd expect late 2022 or 2023 to be the most likely. Keep an eye on here for any updates.

What will happen in Foundation season 2?

To be frank, the plot of Foundation season 2 is anybody's guess at this early stage. As we've already seen in Foundation season 1, this sci-fi epic is only quite loosely based on the Foundation series of novels which were published from the 1950s onwards by prolific American author Isaac Asimov. So the books aren't really anything to go by. Even main characters such as Salvor Hardin and Gaal Dornick were male in Asimov's original books but have been updated to become female in this TV saga to reflect our more modern thinking. 

There will be new characters and plot twists galore no doubt in the upcoming season and the story has a whole galaxy and time-scale in which to play out. To predict Foundation season 2 — and we're not using Dr Hari Seldon's mathematical psychohistory here to set this in stone — it would probably be a safe bet to conclude that events will follow on from what happened at the end of Foundation season 1 (see our episode guide below). Towards the end of the series, it saw Dr Hari Seldon (Jared Harris) appearing to the Foundation community on Terminus in his digitized/hologram form after the major 'first crisis' to advise on the next stages. We believe another crisis is likely to befall Terminus during Foundation season 2 so we'll expect to see digital Hari and Jared Harris again.

Those dictatorial Cleon clone kings of Trantor and rulers of the Galactic Empire — Brothers Dawn, Day and Dusk — had sorted their troubles with the defective Brother Dawn by episode 10 of Season 1, but they'd definitely been shaken, and angered, by the complex plot against them, which was eventually foiled. The Foundation, however, has now led the Empire to believe their project was destroyed by a huge solar flare in the outer galaxy via a clever move using the Invictus spaceship. This cunning plan was of course suggested by super genius Hari Seldon. So will the Clone kings now leave that area of the universe alone so the humans there can just get on with developing into the Foundation of Hari's dreams in season 2? Somehow we doubt it will be quite that simple...

The final scenes of Foundation season 1 happen 138 years later than most of the previous series (beware there are big spoilers here!), which is the time it's taken Hari's math prodigy Gaal Dornick to travel in a cryo-pod to arrive at her home planet of Synnax. She finds the world in utter ruins, except for an underwater flashing beacon. She then swims down to find another cryo-pod with Salvor Hardin inside. Salvor, had discovered in the final episode that she was the daughter of Gaal and Rayh Foss (Alfred Enoch), will from the embryo they created together which was planted inside surrogate mum Mari (Sasha Behar). Salvor then gives Gaal the cube she used to open Hari's Vault on Terminus. 

So what did all that mean? We really do expect to see more of the Gaal and Salvor's story play out in Foundation season 2, to discover their mysterious connection and also the plans Hari Seldon has for the mother and daughter in the future of the Foundation on Terminus and beyond...

Jared Harris as Dr Hari Seldon in Foundation.

We expect Jared Harris will appear again as a digitized Dr Hari Seldon throughout 'Foundation' season 2. (Image credit: AppleTV+)

Lou Llobell in 'Foundation'.

Gaal Dornick (Lou Llobell), aka Salvor's mother, must surely play a big part in 'Foundation' season 2? (Image credit: Apple TV+)

New characters and cast for Foundation season 2

For Foundation season 2, the series showrunner David S. Goyer (The Dark KnightMan of Steel) has told us to expect the characters of Hober Mallow and General Bel Riose to arrive. What they're like in this TV adaptation could be quite different to Asimov's characterisations if Foundation season 1 is anything to go by. In the books Hober Mallow was a master trader who helped expand the Foundation beyond Terminus and clashed with the dictates of Terminus leader Salvor Hardin. We can probably assume Leah Harvey will again play Salvor, but no casting for Hober Mallow has yet been announced. We'll update as soon as we hear.

In Asimov's books, General Bel Riose is the last great general of the Galactic Empire, so in Foundation season 2 we can probably assume the arrival of this warrior means trouble between the Empire and Terminus and some major space battles.

As well as the return of Leah Harvey as Salvor (see our main picture above) we fully expect Jared Harris to be back as Dr Hari Seldon as well as Lou Llobell as Gaal Dornick — she is after all our narrator and was crucial to the last moments of Foundation season 1 along with Salvor Hardin. 

Leah Hardin recently explained to Newsweek: "I did know of the link between Gaal and Salvor. Before I actually got the part I was told that was the case.

"I wouldn't say it influenced my performance but I definitely did try to put in some slight similarities in the way they perhaps express things, tiny things. Sometimes they say things that echo each other, they have the same worries and things like that so that was easy to do, but every now and then I would try to copy Lou Llobell's crying face. Lou has a very particular crying face and Gaal has a particularly bad first season, she cries a lot so I was able to copy that a bit and put that in. It wasn't too hard to link the two characters but we also wanted to keep it as subtle as they could, but whether the audience knew when they were watching it's up to them really if they want to notice or not.

"With a show like this, because its such a big, big universe, if you single out one character that's hardly ever going to happen because there's so much going on."

As the clone leaders never change, Lee Pace should be back too as the middle Cleon clone Brother Day. Lee recently told Newsweek about his character at the end of season 1 and looks forward to season 2.

"I think one of the interesting, delicate shifts that happened inside the character is that he becomes aware of his sentience, of his sovereignty," he said.

"He has lived his life as this fantasy that he is another man, and I think in the moment during The Spiral at the end he realises he's all alone and he's just human, he is not this idea of Empire.

"I think hearing that the clones haven't been genetically the same man anyway is just this almost macabre [irony]."

Is there a trailer for 'Foundation' season 2?

There's not even the slightest teaser trailer for Foundation season 2 as it's far too early. We'll of course post the trailer when it arrives.

What happened in 'Foundation' season 1?

Before you start on Foundation season 2, If you want a more detailed explanation of what happened in Foundation season 1, take a look through our full episode guide (with spoilers) which is below...

Foundation 1.01 and 1.02 Review

Foundation 1.03: The Mathematician's Ghost

Foundation 1.04: Barbarians at the Gates

Foundation 1.05 review: Upon Awakening

Foundation 1.06 review: Death and the Maiden

Foundation 1.07 Review: Mysteries and Martyrs

Foundation 1.08 Review: The Missing Piece

Foundation 1.09 Review: The First Crisis

Foundation 1.10 Review: The Leap

Nicholas Cannon

I'm a huge fan of television so I really have found the perfect job, as I've been writing about TV shows, films and interviewing major television stars for over 25 years. I'm currently TV Content Director on What's On TV, TV Times, TV and Satellite Week magazines plus Whattowatch.com. I previously worked on Woman and Woman's Own in the 1990s.