Our Flag Means Death season 2: release date, cast, and more to know


Have fun and cross forth and fan artwork: Our Flag Way Dying is formally renewed for season 2. The announcement got here in early June, after months of tension at the a part of the fanatics and creators.

Whilst it took some time it’s now not extraordinarily sudden, given the outpouring of affection the display has been ceaselessly receiving on social media and the expanding recognition amongst different HBO Max content material. On the finish of April, the display has reportedly spent 5 weeks atop Parrot Analytics’ weekly record of maximum in-demand displays. And having ended on a little bit of a cliffhanger, even the staff at the back of it's keen to peer what occurs subsequent.

In an interview with The Los Angeles Occasions in early April, Taika Waititi (who stars as Blackbeard and government produces the sequence, along with directing the pilot): “I don’t know the rest. I simply suppose that they must as it is sensible. Additionally, I wish to know what occurs subsequent. [Laughs]”

Sadly, HBO has now not but introduced a liberate date. (As of an end-of-season interview with Polygon, Our Flag Way Dying writer David Jenkins says the scripts aren’t written but.) However whilst the wait is bound to be agonizing, Jenkins and staff have alluded to objects they’d like to peer from the breakout display — and now no less than we are aware of it’s on its method. Right here’s the whole lot we find out about season 2 of Our Flag Way Dying thus far.

[Ed. note: As one might expect, this post gets into some spoilers for the end of season 1. Ye be warned.]

Stede Bonnet blindfolded and wincing as he waits to be shot

Photograph: Aaron Epstein/HBO Max

When will season 2 of Our Flag Way Dying air?

No phrase but! There’s now not numerous element but on when the display’s manufacturing will get started filming.

What's the imaginative and prescient for season 2’s plot?

Jenkins has mentioned in interviews that not anything is written for any long run seasons, however that he and the writers know what “path [they] need to take it.” As Jenkins informed Polygon previous this 12 months, it was once the closing 3 episodes specifically that he concept have been “truly operating” for what he has in thoughts for the display shifting ahead:

It’s nice, the tales are truly popping. There are like 4 other tales happening there, which to my thoughts is like “Eughhh, it’s so much!” But it surely flows truly well. I feel the thrill for me in developing this display is to have moments which might be truly violent, as a result of pirates are criminals, and moments which might be truly extensive and surely laugh-out-loud humorous, after which moments the place we truly simply settle in and get to peer other people really feel. So long as all the ones 3 issues are alternating, I’m satisfied. One would possibly take priority in an episode, but when all 3 are there, it’s wholesome and it’s operating.

After all, Waititi did inform Decider he had a criticism to boost for season 2’s dress alternatives: “It was once all that hair and beard, I felt like nobody would communicate to me,” Waititi mentioned. “It was once so sizzling. I might take a seat on this little tent with the air-con on. I might really feel lonely.”

The crew of Our Flag Means Death is about to throw a tied-up Izzy over the side, but Ed has just hopped over the other side of the boat in the background

Photograph: Aaron Epstein/HBO Max

Is Lucius truly useless?

It kind of feels not likely, given how a lot amusing Nathan Foad was once within the position and the overall tone of the plot. But if Collider requested Jenkins, he merely mentioned “You were given to attend.”

Upon renewal, Foad persevered his reign of humor:

What's going to occur to Stede and Ed in season 2?

Having damaged up (in some way) on the finish of season 1, the primary season ends with Stede returning to pirate lifestyles having discovered peace with who he's.

“So he began to really feel, clearly, bodily — through being very critically wounded — after which emotionally, through discovering any individual that he felt love from and love towards,” Darby informed Indiewire. “I feel he’s heading again out to sea simply because he’d by no means felt so alive in his lifestyles when he was once nearly useless. So I feel he’s clearly going to search for Ed, however truly the opposite factor he’s going to search for is getting the group again in combination, getting the send, and feeling love in no matter capability that suggests to him.”

Sadly he’ll have his paintings minimize out for him, since Ed went utterly the wrong way following their breakup. His ultimate movements within the season 1 finale contain returning to the Blackbeard he as soon as was once, and hardening himself in opposition to the sector: He cuts off Izzy’s feet and feeds them to him, maroons individuals of Stede’s staff he doesn’t have use for, or even lashes out violently at the ones he does.

“The display is the connection,” Jenkins informed Decider. “So, we lead to a spot the place there's this breakup. What occurs after a breakup between those two individuals who, one’s discovered he’s in love and the opposite one is harm in some way that he’s by no means been harm ahead of? What does that do to each and every of them in an motion, pirate global with them looking for each and every different once more? So once more, I truly love the ones rom-com beats.”

Ed reaching out and touching Stede’s cheek in a still from Our Flag Means Death

Photograph: Aaron Epstein/HBO Max

Jenkins stays very a lot dedicated to considering of Our Flag Way Dying as a love tale between Ed and Stede. However that would possibly now not imply their problems get resolved utterly in season 2; he’s considering a little bit extra long-term, as he informed Polygon forward of the finale:

I feel 3 seasons is just right. I feel shall we do it in 3. I imply, I don’t know — your belief of what the tale truly is adjustments such a lot within the writers’ room. If it doesn’t, you’re doing it mistaken. Since you’ve were given these types of different super-smart writers who've their very own lifestyles stories, and also you communicate throughout the season with them, and then you definately’re like, “Oh, guy, there’s all this different stuff there.” However at the moment, I think like shall we most certainly do it in 3. The object that fascinates me about this tale and makes me need to write the display is looking who's Stede to Blackbeard, and who's Blackbeard to Stede. To me, that’s the through-line that cuts throughout all of the sequence. And I don’t know that you need to peer that cross on for 5, six seasons.

The place does Izzy are compatible into the affection tale?

Whilst Stede has his paintings minimize out for himself looking to win again Ed, his first mate would possibly now not make that simple. Having satisfied Ed to revert to complete Blackbeard shape, Izzy’s devotion to Ed’s wild facet is one thing Jenkins says is deeply rooted in its personal type of affection. And whilst he consents with the concept that Con O’Neill’s Izzy is “enjoying the one human with a host of Muppets” there’s unquestionably risk at the back of that devotion.

“I feel Izzy’s deeply in love with Blackbeard, and it’s an overly dysfunctional more or less love, and he’s just like the jilted partner who’s shedding his guy to fucking Stede Bonnet, and he can’t imagine this is occurring,” Jenkins informed The Verge in April. “[Con O’Neill] performs an exhausted high quality that’s truly pretty as a result of this persona may just simply be generically evil, and the best way Con performs, it's like, he’s credible. I imagine that he can perform a little injury if he sought after to.”

Ed choking Izzy against a wall

Photograph: Aaron Epstein/HBO Max

Is Our Flag Way Dying season 2 in keeping with the real pirates’ tale?

Our Flag Way Dying is just right and cheery, however Blackbeard and Bonnet’s precise historical past is a long way darker. However in the end, Jenkins doesn’t see the display as a reexamination of the actual ancient file.

“You wouldn’t need to meet the actual Blackbeard. The actual Blackbeard was once a rapist who passed ladies over to his staff. The actual Stede Bonnet was once a slave proprietor. After we inform those tales, we must be transparent with what we’re doing as a result of all of those other people have been despicable,” Jenkins informed The Verge.

“We needed a display the place those characters can exist in a delusion global and their race or gayness doesn’t robotically result in a aggravating storyline for them.”

Plus, as Jenkins informed The Wrap in April, the actual finishing of Blackbeard and Bonnet’s dating was once now not as “beneficiant” as season 1: “In fact, their falling out was once lovely unhealthy. After which they by no means noticed each and every different once more.”

Can we meet extra of Spanish Jackie’s husbands?

Given the sheer alleged selection of them, it sort of feels like a certain wager. Plus Leslie Jones informed TV Insider that she thinks there’s a tale in how Jackie were given her identify: “I feel it has one thing to do with a dude, with one in every of her ex-husbands or one thing, as a result of I don’t suppose she’s Spanish.”

So perhaps we’ll meet a previous one, or a former-potential-Mr. Spanish Jackie.