You might remember Taboo, that show where Tom Hardy grunted his way through the 19th century with a bunch of shady characters. You know, the one that was supposed to have a second season back in 2017. Well, guess what? It’s still not here. But don’t worry, one of the producers has kindly assured us that Taboo Season 2 coming soon. How nice of them.
- The show’s producer Dean Baker confirmed that his team has finally started work on the second installment of the BBC hit.
- In May 2022, it was reported that Knight and Hardy were meeting to discuss the show’s direction.
- A realistic expectation for delivery would be 2024.
Taboo is a dark and gritty historical drama series that stars Tom Hardy as James Delaney, a mysterious and ruthless adventurer who returns to London in 1814 after being presumed dead for 10 years. He inherits his father’s shipping empire and becomes embroiled in a conflict with the powerful East India Company and his own family secrets.
The first season of Taboo aired in 2017 and received critical acclaim for its atmospheric cinematography, complex characters, and captivating plot. Fans have been eagerly waiting for a second season ever since, but the production has been delayed by various factors, including Hardy’s busy schedule and the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, there is some good news for Taboo enthusiasts, as the show’s creator and writer Steven Knight has recently revealed some updates on the status of Taboo Season 2.
Will there be Taboo Season 2?
Wow, what thrilling news! The BBC has finally confirmed Taboo Season 2, that Tom Hardy’s 19th-century caper will be back for a second season after only six years of keeping us in suspense. That means we’ll get to see more of James Delaney and his merry band of misfits, who grunt their way through the dark and dirty streets of London. I’m sure you’re all as excited as I am to find out what happens next in this gripping drama. Maybe we’ll even get to hear Tom Hardy say more than two words in a row. Wouldn’t that be a treat?
Apparently, the creator of the show, Steven Knight, has some grand plans for season two. He wants to take James Delaney and his merry band of misfits to a “new world” where they will “explore many realities”. Sounds thrilling, doesn’t it? Maybe they’ll find some unicorns and rainbows along the way. Or maybe they’ll just grunt some more. We’ll have to wait and see.
Why was Taboo Season 2 went on hiatus?
Well, according to the show’s creator Steven Knight, it’s because Tom had to take a break from being a badass on screen to be a daddy in real life.
“I’ve written the first six episodes, and there are two more to do,” Steven told Radio Times. “We had a hiatus obviously because Charlotte [Riley, Tom Hardy’s wife] had a baby, but then we’ll be back on it.”
Tom and Charlotte welcomed their second child, a boy, in December. Congrats to them, but seriously, couldn’t they have timed it better? We’ve been waiting for ages to see what happens next in Taboo!
And what can we expect from the second season, you ask? Well, Steven said that Taboo will head west and become more drug-fueled and trippy.
“Taboo heads west and becomes a little bit more narcotic, more opium-affected,” he said.
Sounds like fun, right? But don’t get too excited, because Steven also said that he has an ending in mind for the show, which would come after a third season.
“If we all stick with it and we all want to keep doing it, it would be three [seasons],” he said. “That’s my plan.
“I have a destination in mind, which is always nice to have if you’re setting off on this big journey, which is what writing three eight-hours is. It’s good to know where you’re headed.”
Well, I hope that destination is worth the wait, because I’m getting impatient here. Come on, Tom, hurry up and finish filming Taboo Season 2 already! We need more of your brooding and brutal performance on our screens!
Taboo Season 2 Release Date: Speculation!
An official release date for Taboo season 2 has not been announced yet, but Knight has given some hints about when the filming might start. In November 2021, he told Broadcast that he had written most of the scripts for season 2 and that he hoped to begin production “towards the end of next year”. Last year, Knight was optimistic that filming would begin in 2023. And now it’s confirmed that it’s in production and expected to finish filming in late 2023 or early 2024, Tom Hardy’s comeback after 6 years, Accordingly, we expect the new episodes of Taboo Season 2 to premier at the earliest in autumn or winter 2024, but rather at the beginning of 2025.
Knight also explained that the main reason for the delay was scheduling, as both he and Hardy were involved in other projects. Knight has been busy with his other acclaimed series Peaky Blinders and his upcoming adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. Hardy, on the other hand, has been starring in blockbuster movies like Venom: Let There Be Carnage and Spider-Man: No Way Home, as well as working on his own version of A Christmas Carol with Knight.
Despite the long wait, Knight assured fans that he and Hardy were both “keen to continue” Taboo and that “lots of people want us to continue in that direction”. He also revealed that he had plans for two more seasons of Taboo, making it a four-season story arc.
Taboo Season 2 Cast: Who’s in?
Tom Hardy is expected to reprise his role as James Delaney, the enigmatic anti-hero who leads a band of outcasts against the corrupt establishment. Hardy is also one of Taboo’s co-creators and executive producers, along with his father Chips Hardy and Steven Knight.
The rest of the cast for Taboo season 2 has not been confirmed yet, but we can assume that some of the surviving characters from season 1 will return. These include:
- Jessie Buckley as Lorna Bow/Delaney, James’ stepmother and ally
- Stephen Graham as Atticus, James’ loyal friend and informant
- David Hayman as Brace, James’ faithful servant
- Edward Hogg as Michael Godfrey, a spy for James within the East India Company
- Jason Watkins as Solomon Coop, a scheming adviser to King George IV
- Tom Hollander as Dr. George Cholmondeley, a chemist who helps James with his explosives
- Mark Gatiss as Prince Regent/King George IV, a decadent and ill ruler who despises James
- Nicholas Woodeson as Robert Thoyt, James’ lawyer
- Franka Potente as Helga von Hinten, a brothel madam who betrays James
- Jefferson Hall as Thorne Geary, James’ brother-in-law and enemy
- Oona Chaplin as Zilpha Geary/Delaney, James’ half-sister and lover
Some new cast members may also join Taboo season 2, but no names have been announced yet. However, Knight has hinted that he would like to cast some of his Peaky Blinders collaborators in Taboo, such as Cillian Murphy and Helen McCrory.
Taboo Season 2 Plot: What’s next?
James and his ragtag band of misfits sailed off to America at the end of the first series, leaving us wondering what kind of trouble they’ll get into next. Luckily, Steven Knight has been generous enough to drop some vague hints that don’t really tell us anything.
“Something big is going to happen, trust me,” Knight said. “It’s going to be awesome, but I can’t say anything more because it’s a secret.”
He also hinted that the show will get more trippy and drug-fuelled in the second chapter.
Hardy also chatted with Entertainment Weekly about why James’ allies are so loyal to him.
“He’s got a bunch of weirdos and outcasts on his side… They have a weird sense of honour, unlike the rest of society,” he said.
“One of the main things we wanted to show in the first series is that James is actually the nicest guy in the room, compared to the greedy company or the mad king. The ones who are seen as savages by the outsiders are actually smart and resourceful and have teamed up to become a force to be reckoned with.
“They’re all honest and noble in their own way, unlike those who judge them.”
Hardy also gave some clues, suggesting Taboo season two will involve the US spy network ‘Colonnade’.
“When he says, ‘We are Americans’, James is being very mysterious and secretive,” he said. “He’ll tell you more when he feels like it.”
Radio Times tried to guess what could happen next in Taboo season two by looking at some boring historical facts that happened around that time.
For example, the war between Britain and America was a big deal in season one, but it ended soon after the first series wrapped up in early 1815.
As they so wisely observe: “If a second series included these events, it might make James’ plans slightly more difficult – if Britain and America are more friendly, how can he play them off against each other?” Yeah, because that’s the only thing that could possibly go wrong for him.
It’s also possible that James will discover more about his own heritage in America, perhaps via contact with the Native American tribe that his mother hailed from. Because nothing says family reunion like meeting your long-lost relatives who probably hate you. Maybe they’ll also tell him the secret behind his tattoo and the murkier aspects of his past. Or maybe they’ll just scalp him and be done with it.
Taboo Season 2 Trailer: Is there one?
Unfortunately, there is no trailer for Taboo Season 2 yet, but you can watch the trailer for Season 1 on YouTube to refresh your memory or get a taste of this thrilling show. We will update you as soon as we get any new information or footage from Taboo Season 2, so stay tuned!
Taboo Season 3: Rumors of another sequel to the Tom Hardy Series
Although Taboo Season 2 has been in production now, there are already plans for a third season, but they have not yet been confirmed.
At the beginning of March 2017, the responsible broadcasters BBC and FX Network gave the OK for the 2nd season of their drama series “Taboo”. Director Steven Knight already has far-reaching plans for the joint project of the British and American TV channels. Can we expect a 3rd season of “Taboo”?
Even before series creator Steven Knight began producing “Taboo,” he already had the possible finale of the series in mind. His ideas extend up to a 3rd season, if the responsible British broadcaster BBC One and the American pay-TV cable channel FX Network agree to his plans.
Then we would see Tom Hardy in his role as James Delaney even outside the British borders.