What We Know About Season 2 of Netflix’s ‘Away’

What We Know About Season 2 of Netflix’s ‘Away’
Netflix first ordered Away back in 2018. The series was inspired by astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko’s one-year-long mission at the International Space Station from 2015-2016 (the title and jumping-off point of the series was journalist Chris Jones’ 2014 story on Kelly.) The mission’s intent was to measure the effect of space on the human body in order to better plan for longer missions.

Netflix’s series imagines the consequence of this endeavor: a manned mission to Mars. Also, as the series logline reads, “an epic love story and a thrilling tale of survival.”

The series was initially ordered for 10 episodes and with a budget likely over $6 million per episode, though the numbers haven’t yet been released. (It’s possible the series was even more expensive than the streaming service’s other sci-fi properties like Stranger Things and Altered Carbon.)

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So far, Netflix has not yet announced plans for a second season.

Still, with such high production costs and a Labor Day weekend release, Away doesn’t seem like the sort of series Netflix will leave out in space. (Especially when the story’s 3-year mission is only partly complete; there’s still lots of drama left to be had.)

The streaming service is likely awaiting viewership numbers before making the call. If the series is brought back for a second season, however, viewers may have to wait more than a year to continue the voyage, given current pandemic-related production challenges.

But hey, it’s a better wait than a three-year Mars mission, right?



What will the second season be about?

Any follow-up season will likely cover the second year of the crew’s mission, which entails Mars exploration, data collection, and the first steps of establishing a permanent settlement. Also, lots of botany. The crew will then need to resupply in preparation for their return voyage. Season 1 strung out the water supply drama for a good five episodes. We have faith season 2 can find plenty of martian yarn to spin.

Back home, there’s also lots of room left for continued melodrama: Lex aging through high school with her new BF, Lu’s unconsummated love, Misha’s voyage for filial forgiveness, and whatever’s going on between Melissa and Matt.

Away could easily turn into a multi-season soap. Expect Netflix turning this one into This Is Us in space.

Joshua St Clair is an editorial assistant at Men’s Health Magazine. 

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