Cast, Story & Everything We Know

The Diplomat season 2 is highly anticipated after the success of the Netflix political thriller’s first season and everything that’s been shared regarding the cast, story, and more for season 2 can be found here. The second season of The Diplomat will be the follow-up to the 8-episode series on Netflix starring Keri Russell as Kate Wyler, an American diplomat and the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom. She and her career diplomat husband Hal Wyer (Rufus Sewell) struggle with their own contentious relationship and at the same time, try to stop a war after a British aircraft carrier is bombed near Iran.


The series ends on a cliffhanger with the British prime minister Nicol Trowbridge (Rory Kinnear) discovered to be the instigator of the bombing, setting up a continued story for The Diplomat season 2. Season 1 of The Diplomat was released on April 20, 2023, and received strong reviews with special acclaim made towards Russell’s performance. It also proved a hit with audiences as The Diplomat topped the Netflix charts. Season 1 is a thrilling political drama mixed deftly with a smart and funny “fish-out-of-water” tale as Kate adjusts to London and British customs. With the thrilling season 1 finale, fans are already eagerly awaiting The Diplomat season 2.

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The Diplomat Season 2 Latest News

The President walks across the lawn in The Diplomat

The latest The Diplomat season 2 update is the news that fans had been waiting to hear. The Diplomat season 2 has been confirmed by Netflix. The renewal came less than 2 weeks after the first season debuted on Netflix, speaking to the popularity of the show. Netflix’s Vice President of Drama Series Jinny Howe spoke to that global popularity and the acclaim of Keri Russell’s performance while hyping the second season, saying “After that jaw-dropping cliffhanger, we can’t wait for them to see what the amazing visionary team of Debora Cahn, Janice Williams and Keri Russell have in store for Season 2.”

The news was also celebrated by Russell herself as well as Debora Cahn (via Radio Times) with Russell sharing, “I am thrilled to be headed back for another round of this smart screwball show. Dare I say it’s fun? Thank you Netflix for giving us another shot.” Cahn added “We had such a great time making The Diplomat. And it’s a thrill to see how much people are enjoying it. We’re so glad we get to do it again!

Will The Diplomat Season 2 Happen?

David Gyasi talks on the phone in The Diplomat

Netflix has confirmed The Diplomat season 2 following the global success of the series. Both Keri Russell and showrunner Debora Cahn have commented on the renewal, suggesting that they will both return which is not surprising. The Diplomat season 1 ends on a cliffhanger, which did not mean renewal was guaranteed, but it did show that The Diplomat‘s creators were confident that they would be able to continue the story.

The Diplomat Season 2 Predicted Release Date

Ato Essandoh holds up two shirts in The Diplomat

Though The Diplomat season 2 has been confirmed, no release date has been announced yet. The Night Agent is a good model to look to predict when season 2 of The Diplomat could release. Netflix confirmed via Twitter that The Night Agent season 2 is slated for 2024, a year after the announcement. The Diplomat’s renewal came around the same time as The Night Agent, so they could very well follow similar release schedules. It has also not been confirmed if the second season will stick to the 8-episode run of the first season.

The Diplomat Season 2 Cast: Who Can Return?

An image of Keri Russell and Rufus Sewell sitting on a couch in The Diplomat

The finale of The Diplomat ends with a car explosion and a few possible victims. This moment is the only time any characters in the show have been in danger of being removed from the cast. Hal, Stuart Heyford the Deputy chief of mission (Ato Essandoh), and Ronnie (Jess Chanliau) are caught in the explosion before the credits role. Hal and Stuart are probably too important to the story for their characters to be removed, particularly Hal for his turbulent marriage with Kate, and so should return in season 2. Ronnie’s death would pack an emotional punch to the finale without tearing down any story threads.

There are certain characters who are sure to return to the cast for The Diplomat season 2. Kate will return as the main character of the show as Keri Russell has confirmed and the hints about a possible vice president role mean the story will not stray far from her in the future. Kinnear should also reappear as prime minister Nicol Trowbridge, as the huge twist at the end of season 1 puts Trowbridge in the center of a conspiracy. Foreign Secretary Austin Dennison (David Gyasi) and Eidra Park the CIA Station Chief (Ali Ahn) should both return to season 2 as significant characters in the main cast.

The Diplomat Season 2 Story: How The Ending Sets Up More

The Prime Minster looks sternly in The Diplomat

The end of The Diplomat season 1 is almost closer to a mid-season climax than a season finale. In the first season, Kate has been placed in the United Kingdom despite initially hoping to be sent to the Middle East. The reason for this change is that a British aircraft carrier was destroyed off the coast of Iran, and the U.S. intelligence community wants to know who exactly is behind the attacks. Kate must navigate friends and enemies while also figuring out the cultural idiosyncrasies of London. Her season-long search for the perpetrator of the bombing is revealed in the final minutes of The Diplomat.

Kate and Austin discover that prime minister Trowbridge is the man behind the bombing of the aircraft carrier. Before either Kate or Austin can digest this information, a car bomb goes off, which may have killed Hal, Stuart, Ronnie, or all three. The season asks many questions that The Diplomat season 2 will have to answer. Trowbridge’s involvement in the bombing, how the information will be revealed, and who survived the car bombing will be key plot points in The Diplomat season 2. Without any proof of the prime minister’s involvement, the stakes will be high for Kate and her team.

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