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Arcane season 2 release date speculation, cast, plot, and news

Arcane season 2 will bring our favorite animated characters back! Here's what the future holds for the League of Legends Netflix series.

Ella Purnell as Jinx in Arcane

With Jinx launching an attack on Piltover’s councilors, the first season of the League of Legends animated series ended dramatically, leaving us with plenty of questions ahead of the Arcane season 2 release date.

Arcane is hands down one of the best Netflix series. With LoL characters brought to life by the exemplary Arcane cast, nuanced storytelling, detailed characters, and the incredible Arcane soundtrack, all eyes are now on season 2 of one of the best fantasy series.

Arcane season 2 release date speculation

Arcane season 2 will be released in November 2024 on Netflix. There’s no exact date yet, though.

During the GeekedWeek event, Netflix tweeted a teaser and confirmed Arcane’s return in late 2024. Rejoice! We waited so long, it feels great to know when we’re getting new episodes.

Netflix's Arcane tweet: "Season 2. November 2024."

We previously got an Arcane season 2 update in April 2023 when Riot Games’ CEO Laurent confirmed a 2023 release was off the cards. He also said the team had no idea how big the first season would be, and that if they did, they would have been off to the races much faster.

It’s been a long road high-quality storytelling should never be rushed. Season 1 took years to deliver, and was one of the best TV series we’ve seen this decade. Take all the time you need, Fortiche.

Arcane season 2 release date: Jayce Talis and Caitlyn Kiramman in Arcane season 1

Who’s in the Arcane season 2 cast?

Hailee Steinfeld, Ella Purnell, and Katie Leung are back as Vi, Jinx, and Caitlyn in Arcane season 2’s cast.

The full list of Arcane characters for season 2 is unconfirmed but we imagine all the surviving main characters from season 1 will return, including Purnell and Steinfeld as the story’s two central forces, Vi and Jinx, as well as the topsiders like Mel and Jayce.

In a Reddit AMA (below), co-creator Christian Linke said we will see flashbacks of Silco and Vander, pre-betrayal, as well as Silco molding Powder. This spells the return of Jason Spisak’s Silco and JB Blanc as Vander, albeit in a small capacity.

Christian Linke's Reddit AMA answer about Vander and Silco

We do have some thoughts on which champions from the game might appear, so be sure to check those out in our Arcane season 2 League of Legends characters wishlist.

The expected Arcane season 2 cast list:

  • Hailee Steinfeld as Vi
  • Ella Purnell as Jinx
  • Katie Leung as Caitlyn Kiramman
  • Kevin Alejandro as Jayce Talis
  • Harry Lloyd as Viktor
  • Toks Olagundoye as Mel Medarda
  • Ellen Thomas as Ambessa Merdarda
  • Reed Shannon as Ekko
  • Mick Wingert as Heimerdinger
  • Brett Tucker as Singed
  • Jason Spisak as Silco
  • JB Blanc as Vander

Arcane season 2 release date: Ella Purnell as Jinx in Arcane season 1

What is Arcane season 2 about?

Christian Linke described Arcane season 2’s story in one word: “war”, which hints Zaun and Piltover will be in full-blown conflict.

In Season 2, the characters will have to deal with the aftermath of Jinx’s attack on the Piltover Council. We expect that the events of the finale, where Caitlyn’s mother was present during the assault, will strain Vi and Caitlyn’s relationship as the latter seeks justice for what Jinx did.

Christian Linke on Reddit

Although, we were told season 2 would make CaitVi fans “happy”, so it’s not all bad news. Well, at least not for us… we’re sure Jinx is still not too happy about being replaced as the blue-haired figure in her sister’s life.

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Is there an Arcane season 2 trailer?

Arcane’s season 2 trailer will likely be released in September 2024, before the November premiere.

Netflix released season 1’s trailer on September 25, 2021, two months before its November 1 premiere. Take our guess with a  grain of salt, but given that season 2 is releasing in November 2024, we’re confident about this window.

There was a short season 2 date announcement teaser, which you can watch above. It doesn’t contain any important hints, but during the Undercity Nights event in 2022, we got an announcement video that did have some goodies.

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In the announcement, we hear Caitlyn reckoning with the fallout of the season 1 finale, saying, “Every way I slice it, if I go after your sister alone, one of us comes back in a box.”

This is followed by Jinx saying “I’m glad it’s you… had to be you,” she also says, though it’s a mystery who she’s talking to. Just before the trailer ends, we hear the howl and in-game sounds belonging to the LoL champion Warwick, a chemtech-infused, machine-augmented werewolf from the game who may be making an appearance in season 2.

Toks Olagundoye as Mel Medarda in Arcane season 1

Where can I watch Arcane season 2?

Arcane Season 2 will be available to stream on Netflix, or Tencent Video if you’re in China.

The series is a Netflix original and will continue to stream there for most people. Until then, there’s everything else new on Netflix to keep us busy.

Reed Shannon as Ekko in Arcane

How many episodes will there be in Arcane season 2?

We think Arcane season 2 will have nine or 10 episodes, released in three acts like season 1.

Season 2 could follow the first’s approach of spreading nine episodes over three acts. By releasing one act per week, Riot was able to find a way to appease both binge-watchers and slow-burners alike — a winning formula that we’d love to see return.

The three-act structure was one of many excellent choices that made the show fantastic. We imagine Riot Games and Netflix will stick to this release strategy, perhaps with a little fluctuation in the number of episodes.

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Why is Arcane season 2 taking so long?

Arcane season 1 took six years because of the nuanced animation, ceases in production, an original soundtrack, and more behind-the-scenes. Season 2’s wait is lengthy for the same reasons.

From start to finish, the first season took six years. That includes periods where the series wasn’t worked on at all because of creative development issues covered in the (highly recommended) Arcane docuseries Bridging the Rift on YouTube. Watch ‘Part 1’ above, if you’d like.

Of course, season 2 is going full steam ahead and has not had a patch of time in the middle where work stops. Still, Fortiche’s animation is painstakingly detailed, and the series purposefully deviates from industry standards in many ways, creating a lengthier production.

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We’re keeping an eye out for news on one of the best animated series, and we’ve got guides to questions like how old is Jinx if you love Arcane as much as Henry Cavill does.

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