Netflix’s Altered Carbon makes its much-anticipated return with Season 2, and IGN has the ultimate guide for everything you need to dive into the show. From our comprehensive Season 2 review to exclusive first looks and trailers, to breakdowns of new characters like Anthony Mackie’s take on Takeshi Kovacs, our ending explained and an explanation of what the final episode of the season means for the future of the show, consider this guide to be your one-stop check-in point for all things Altered Carbon.
Season 2 is a worthy followup that at times surpasses the first season, expanding its universe in fascinating ways. Read on for more!
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By David Griffin
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By David Griffin
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Altered Carbon Season 2 Cast, Characters, Fights, and Exclusives
- Altered Carbon Season 2: Cast, Release Date, Story, and More
- Altered Carbon Season 2: Exclusive First Look at Anthony Mackie as Takeshi Kovacs
- Altered Carbon: Season 2 Official Trailer
- Altered Carbon Season 2: Here’s How Takeshi Kovacs Might Be Fighting Himself
- Altered Carbon: Season 2 Behind the Scenes Teaser Trailer
- Altered Carbon: Season 2 Tour of the Set
Altered Carbon’s first season debuted on February 2, 2018, starring Joel Kinnaman as Takeshi Kovacs. In our review of that season, we described the show as “a transporting sci-fi thriller that rivals Blade Runner in the depth of its universe.” But we also noted that the “murder mystery narrative … loses steam early on,” even while “the supporting characters and socio-political issues prove engaging from beginning to end.”
That July, Netflix announced that Altered Carbon Season 2 was in the works with a new lead, with Anthony Mackie taking over for Kinnaman in the role of Takeshi Kovacs. Additionally, Alison Schapker (Lost, Fringe) would now serve as co-showrunner alongside Season 1 boss Laeta Kalogridis, with both executive producing as well. Simone Missick (Luke Cage), Dina Shihabi (Jack Ryan), and German actor Torben Liebrecht) also joined the cast as new characters.
Based on Richard K. Morgan’s novel, Altered Carbon is set in a futuristic world where human consciousness can be put into different bodies, or “sleeves.” The plot centers on Takeshi Kovacs, whose journey spans hundreds of years, and across different planets and bodies.
In our review of Season 2, we said that “Altered Carbon’s second season learns some valuable time management lessons from its first outing, by focusing less on the cyberpunk Sherlock Holmes-esque aspects of its narrative, and more on expanding its imaginative universe for the better. Anthony Mackie has a very different interpretation of Takeshi Kovacs than Season 1’s Joel Kinnaman, however, that doesn’t make it any less of an impactful performance. Anchored by a strong supporting cast including Chris Connor’s Poe and Torben Liebrecht’s Ivan Carrera, Altered Carbon Season 2 is a worthy followup that, at times, surpasses the first season with a more expansive universe that stretches far beyond the confines of Bay City.” Ready to jump in?
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