The Flight Attendant season 2: finale, recaps and everything we know about the Kaley Cuoco series

Zosia Mamet, Deniz Akdeniz, Kaley Cuoco and Griffin Matthews in The Flight Attendant
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The Flight Attendant season 2 has taken off, as the Kaley Cuoco mystery/comedy series returns to HBO Max. 

When The Flight Attendant premiered in 2020, it quickly became a binge favorite for viewers and one of the first true Max original breakouts for the HBO Max streaming service.

Steve Yockey created The Flight Attendant based on Christopher A. Bohjalian’s novel (opens in new tab). The story centers on Cassie, a reckless flight attendant with an alcohol problem, who one morning wakes up in the wrong hotel room, in the wrong bed, with a dead man and no idea what happened. Unable to piece the night together, she begins to wonder if she could be the killer.

The Flight Attendant wasn’t just a hit with viewers, it also received a slew of Emmy nominations. Season 1 earned nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Kaley Cuoco and seven others, of which it won one (Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music).

All of that has come back for this new season, which now has all of its episodes available for HBO Max subscribers. Here is what we know about The Flight Attendant season 2.

When is the next The Flight Attendant episode?

The Flight Attendant season 2 episode 8 is now available on HBO Max, meaning that the entire season is there for viewer's watching pleasure.

UK fans also now can watch The Flight Attendant season 2 on Sky Max and NOW TV, as the entire season is now available on these services.

What is The Flight Attendant season 2 plot?

What lies in store for Cassie and the rest of The Flight Attendant cast in season 2? Here the broad view of the season 2 plot:

"Cassie Bowden is living her best sober life in Los Angeles while moonlighting as a CIA asset in her spare time. But when an overseas assignment leads her to inadvertently witness a murder, she becomes entangled in another international intrigue." 

Among the locations that Cassie will travel to this season are Los Angeles, Berlin and Reykjavik.

Here are the official synopses for The Flight Attendant season 2 episodes:

The Flight Attendant season 2 episode 1: "Seeing Double"
"Now almost a year sober, Cassie has started fresh in LA with her supportive new boyfriend, Marco. But her side gig moonlighting as a CIA asset soon finds Cassie entangled in an international murder mystery... again." Read What to Watch's in-depth recap of The Flight Attendant season 2 episode 1 right here.

The Flight Attendant season 2 episode 2: "Mushrooms, Tasers, and Bears, Oh My!"
"After revealing her secret side gig to Annie and Max, Cassie sets out to find the woman who's been impersonating her — and zeroes in on enigmatic new flight attendant Grace." Read What to Watch's in-depth recap of The Flight Attendant season 2 episode 2 right here.

The Flight Attendant season 2 episode 3: "The Reykjavik Ice Sculpture Festival Is Lovely This Time of Year"
"A cryptic text leads Cassie to search for Megan in Reykjavik, where Shane grows increasingly suspicious of his friend's erratic travels. Back in LA, Annie and Max face unexpected turbulence. Read What to Watch's in-depth recap of The Flight Attendant season 2 episode 3 right here.

The Flight Attendant season 2 episode 4: "Blue Sincerely Reunion"
"After attempting to get Megan safely out of Reykjavik, Cassie fears she's being framed for murder when tow bodies are found in Echo Park." Read What to Watch's in-depth recap of The Flight Attendant season 2 episode 4 right here.

The Flight Attendant season 2 episode 5: "Drowning Women"
"After finding potentially incriminating photos in Benjamin's office, Cassie seeks assurances from Shane — and continues to avoid Marco — while Megan searches for an all-important lockbox." Read What to Watch's in-depth recap of The Flight Attendant season 2 episode 5 right here.

The Flight Attendant season 2 episode 6: "Brothers & Sisters"
"Cassie faces hard truths about her path to sobriety while visiting her mom as Megan attempts to reconnect with her family, who are reluctant to welcome her back." Read What to Watch's in-depth recap of The Flight Attendant season 2 episode 6 right here.

The Flight Attendant season 2 episode 7: "No Exit"
"Cassie, Shane, Annie and Max attempt to run down clues in the string of murders, which continue to point to Cassie as the main suspect." Read What to Watch's in-depth recap of The Flight Attendant season 2 episode 7 right here.

The Flight Attendant season 2 episode 8: "Backwards and Forwards"
"Cassie manages to connect the dots in a far-reaching conspiracy, while Megan tries to make amends with Shane." Read What to Watch's in-depth recap of The Flight Attendant season 2 episode 8 right here.

Is there a The Flight Attendant trailer?

In the trailer for The Flight Attendant season 2, some of thing big storylines look like they'll deal with someone trying to frame Cassie, Megan needing help to avoid the North Koreans who have put a bounty on her head and Cassie attempting to keep her new life together as she tries to stay sober. Give The Flight Attendant season 2 official trailer a watch right here:

The Flight Attendant cast

The Flight Attendant Kaley Cuoco, Rosie Perez

Kaley Cuoco, Griffin Matthews and Rosie Perez in 'The Flight Attendant' (Image credit: Colin Hutton/WarnerMedia)

While featuring a fun ensemble, The Flight Attendant is headlined by Kaley Cuoco as Cassie Bowden, for which she was Emmy nominated. Cuoco is no stranger to being at the center of a popular TV series, as she starred as Penny in the long-running CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. She also provides the voice for Harley Quinn for the HBO Max animated series Harley Quinn.

Cuoco wasn’t the only one to receive some awards attention for their work in The Flight Attendant, as Rosie Perez received an Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series nod for her role as Cassie’s friend and co-worker Megan Briscoe, which she is back to play as a series regular in season 2. Perez is a Hollywood veteran who has been seen in titles like Birds of Prey, Search Party, Fearless (for which she was nominated for an Oscar), White Men Can’t Jump and Do the Right Thing.

Other returning cast members from The Flight Attendant season 1 include regulars Zosia Mamet as Cassie’s best friend Annie; Deniz Akdeniz as Annie’s boyfriend Max; and Griffin Matthews as another co-worker with Cassie, Shane. There are also a number of recurring guest stars back for season 2, including T.R Knight as Cassie’s brother, Davey; Yasha Jackson as Jada, another co-worker; and Audrey Grace Marshall as young Cassie.

New cast members are set to join The Flight Attendant season 2. New series regulars are Mo McRae (Rebel, Sons of Anarchy) as Benjamin Berry; Callie Hernandez (Alien Covenant, La La Land) as Gabrielle Diaz; and JJ Soria (Gentefied, Animal Kingdom) as Esteban Diaz. New guest stars include Alanna Ubach (Euphoria, Bombshell) as Carol Atkinson; Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Suburgatory) as Dot Karlson; Jessie Ennis (Mythic Quest, Better Call Saul) as Jenny; Mae Martin (Feel Good) as Grace St. James; Margaret Cho (Drop Dead Diva) as Utada; Santiago Cabrera (Star Trek: Picard, Big Little Lies) as Marco; and Shohreh Aghdashloo (The Expanse, 24) as Brenda.

There’s one other big addition to the cast of The Flight Attendant season 2 — Sharon Stone. The Oscar-nominated actress (Casino) has joined the cast of The Flight Attendant as Cassie’s estranged mom, Lisa Bowden. Stone has a recurring guest role on the season. In season 1, Cassie came to terms about the truth of her relationship with her alcoholic father, now it seems she’ll try to mend fences with her mom.

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The Flight Attendant season 1 recap

In case you need a recap of what happened in season 1, we've got you covered. SPOILER ALERT if you have not watched The Flight Attendant season 1. You can catch up with every episode on HBO Max; UK viewers can watch the first season on Sky Max.

Working a flight to Thailand, Cassie meets a tall, dark stranger named Alex who she decides to go out with once in Bangkok. The next morning she wakes up with little memory of the night before and discovers Alex dead next to her and she is covered in blood. Cassie attempts to make it look like she was never there and quickly gets back to work as her plane heads back to the U.S.

Once in New York, Cassie is brought in for questioning by the FBI about Alex’s death, though with her best friend and lawyer Ani’s help, Cassie is released and not charged with anything, though the FBI decides to keep an eye on her.

Cassie begins to try and do her own investigation into what happened with Alex, all while dealing with troubling flashbacks. The more she digs the more dangerous things get as she begins to put together pieces of a conspiracy, starts to be followed by a hired killer and strains her relationship with Ani and her other friends. The only respite she has is getting drunk with a new guy she met.

While Cassie is dealing with her mystery, her friends Megan and Ani are getting into their own trouble. To earn some extra money, and bring some excitement into her life, Megan agrees to try and steal some sensitive material from her husband’s work and give it to foreign businessmen. Ani, meanwhile, is revealed to be forced to do work for an organized crime group, which eventually gets her fired from her job and in danger of being disbarred.

Eventually, Cassie — with the help of a hired-killer Miranda — learns that Alex was killed by a hitman named Felix over stealing millions of dollars from his work. And it turns out that Felix is actually the man that Cassie has been seeing. Felix eventually tries to kill Cassie when she is on a work trip in Rome, only for Cassie’s co-worker Shane to burst in and save her, revealing that he is actually a covert CIA agent that was tracking Megan, who has subsequently gone on the run.

The season ends with Cassie being recruited by Shane to help out in the future. Cassie also learns that Miranda — who was thought dead after encountering Felix — is alive and ran off with the money that Alex had stolen.

How to watch The Flight Attendant season 2

US viewers (and anyone where HBO Max is available) need a subscription to HBO Max to watch the new season of The Flight Attendant, as it exclusively streams there first. Consumers can watch the show with either HBO Max's ad-supported for ad-free plan.

Eventually, TBS is likely to air episodes of The Flight Attendant as it did with season 1 episodes, but no information is available for a timeline on that yet.

When The Flight Attendant season 2 becomes available in the UK, viewers can watch it on either Sky Max or NOW TV.

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd (opens in new tab).