Cast, Plot, Release, News and Returns, and More
Picture via Paramount Plus
The much-discussed video game adaptation Halo returns for season two and promises more action and deeper stories. In season one, John-117/Master Chief (Pablo Schreiber) and his Spartans battled the Covenant, violent aliens who terrorize civilizations like the Insurgent Outpost on the planet Madrigal. The only survivor of this attack is a teenager named Kwan Ha (Yerin Ha) who gets caught in the middle of the conflict and tests Master Chief in a way he doesn’t expect.
The show received a lot of backlash due to changes to the source material and Master Chief removing his helmet, which his video game counterpart did not. Executive producer Kiki Wolfkill and Schreiber supported the decision, believing it was important to make the change to show the full range of Master Chief’s emotions. The show was Paramount Plus’ most expensive to date, and the success of the series is of the utmost importance to the streaming service.
Here’s what we know about Halo the new and returning cast of season two, plot, release date, and more.
Halo season two new cast and return
The show’s official Twitter account made the Halo the announcement of the start of production on season 2 and the confirmation of filming on location in Iceland. Pictured, of course, are Schreiber as Master Chief, Natasha Culzac as Rice, Bentley Kalu as Vannak, and Kate Kennedy as Kai.
Other cast members include the enigmatic Dr. Halsey played by McElhone, Bokeem Woodbine as Soren-066, Shabana Azmi as Admiral Margaret Parangosky, Olive Gray as Miranda Keyes, Yerin Ha, Charlie Murphy and Danny Sapani as Captain Jacob Keyes. Series regulars are Tylan Bailey as Kessler and Fiona O’Shaughnessy as Laera.
New to the cast is Joseph Morgan (The Vampire Diaries, The originals) as James Ackerson, a career-focused United Nations Space Command (UNSC) intelligence officer, and Cristina Rodlo (no one comes out alive) will play Talia Perez, a rookie linguistics specialist.
Halo Season 2 Plot
Early in the series, Master Chief ventures into a cave system and finds a Forerunner Keystone. He touches him and mysterious symbols unlock his childhood memories (the ones from the Spartan program had their memories erased so that’s a big deal). His mind begins to open and he questions his superiors and the inner workings of his job. As he and the Spartans battle the Covenant, he must also fight for the truth and decide who to trust when Makee (Charlie Murphy), a Covenant-raised human is found who shares John’s proclivity for visions.
The Season 1 finale set up major events for Season 2. Over the course of the series, John finds out that Dr. Catherine Halsey (Natascha McElhone) is the one who kidnapped children for the Spartan super-soldier program and experimented with them for UNSC use. In the finale, John has broken free from his programming and his silver team travels to the planet Hesduros to find Makee who has stolen a mysterious artifact from Madrigal and an artifact from Eridanus II, John’s home planet.
In the climactic battle with the Covenant, the Silver Team is overwhelmed and John must rely on his artificial intelligence Cortana (Jen Taylor) to take control of him. With Cortana’s help, he fights them off and they are able to secure the artifacts. However, her decision could come at the expense of John’s personality. He’s been fighting to break free this whole time, but season two could see a Master Chief that’s more mechanical than human.
In the final battle, Makee activated keystones which generated an explosion and saved Master Chief. Consequently, a star map was generated that would lead to Halo (these are ancient artifacts created by the fallen star empire known as the Forerunners), but Master Chief was locked in stasis. Logically, this thread will continue when the story picks up in season two and another confrontation with Makee, with whom he has developed a romantic relationship, is inevitable. Schreiber said in an interview with Deadline this season two would be a “very serious” take on warfare, and they’re aiming for “authenticity” above all else.
Halo season two changes
The showrunner will change in halo season 2 from duo Kyle Killen and Steven Kane to Dave Wiener. Schreiber shared what to expect from the new showrunner, noting that the most important thing for him is the writing and the material. He feels the written material is being taken to new and exciting places and he is ready to get back to work with his new collaborators. McElhone said many lessons were learned in season one, and many changes and improvements were made for season two.
Halo season two will be released sometime in 2023. It’s likely to arrive around the same time Halo the first season premiered in 2022, which would be in the spring, but the official date will be confirmed once announced.