Heartstopper season 2 release date speculation, plot, cast, more

The Heartstopper season 2 release date will bring one of the most charming Netflix series back to our screens, and we've got all the gossip

Heartstopper season 2 release date: Kit Connor as Nick Nelson in Heartstopper

What is the Heartstopper season 2 release date? Based on the beloved graphic novels by Alice Oseman, Heartstopper is an original Netflix series that follows the blossoming romance between teenagers Nick and Charlie after they are seated together at school.

As one of the only ‘out’ gay people at school, Charlie is bullied and ostracised by his peers, while popular rugby boy Nick learns to come to terms with his bisexuality after discovering that his feelings for Charlie run a lot deeper than friendship. The coming-of-age drama series tackles issues like fitting in, coming out, bullying, sexual harassment, and mental health all through the eyes of LGBTQ+ teens.

With a 100% critical and audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Heartstopper is one of Netflix‘s most popular TV series yet. As of May 4, Netflix figures show that viewers have watched Heartstopper for 23,940,000 hours globally. Data released by the streaming service at that time also showed that Heartstopper was among Netflix’s Top 10 in TV in 54 countries across the world. Naturally, fans are wanting more and are anxious to know the Heartstopper season 2 release date — so here’s all the information we have, and our best-educated guesses.

Heartstopper season 2 release date speculation

At the time of writing, there is no release date confirmed for Heartstopper season 2, but we anticipate the show will return in summer 2023. 

Netflix announced Heartstopper season 2 and season 3 had been given the greenlight in May 2022, with Alice Oseman, creator of the original graphic novels, also returning.

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In September, we said “hi” to the cast of Hearstopper as they revealed production and filming had officially commenced. Season 1 of Heartstopper only took two months to film, so assuming that the same number of episodes are filmed for season 2, we anticipate that filming will wrap by December 2022.

Post-production on season 1 was a little bit more lengthy, with a ten-month gap between wrapping on season 1 and its eventual release date. But now that everyone’s in the groove of things, post-production should be fairly straightforward — with similar Netflix series typically having a six month post-production period.

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Heartstopper season 2 plot

No plot details have been confirmed yet, but we can look to the source material for clues. While the first two volumes of the graphic novel were covered in season 1, the third volume is most likely where season 2 would pick up from, and features plot points like a school trip to Paris and the introduction of Nick’s brother, who struggles to accept Nick’s sexuality.

After sharing a moment in the season 1 finale, we can probably also expect a romance to blossom between Tao and Elle, as well as more exploration into Charlie’s past struggles with anorexia and body dysmorphia.

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Speaking to NME, Kit Connor, who plays Nick, said, “For Nick, I think there’s a lot more exploration to be done in terms of his family. It’s known to fans of the comics that he has an older brother who’s homophobic. I think that would be a really interesting route to go down, but I think there’s loads of material to go and explore.”

heartstopper season 2 release date: Nick and Charlie in Heartstopper

Heartstopper season 2 cast

Heartstopper season 2 should bring back most, if not all, the established cast. Expect all the main players to return, including Joe Locke (Charlie), Kit Connor, (Nick), and their classmates, which include William Gao (Tao), Yasmin (Elle), Corinna Brown, (Tara), Kizzy Edgell (Darcy), and others.

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Olivia Coleman is also likely to return as Nick’s mum, and with season 2 staying true to volume three, we can expect to be introduced to new characters like Nick’s brother, David, and Mr Farouk. The casting for these roles and more was confirmed in Netflix’s video teasing the start of Hearstopper season 2’s production.

heartstopper season 2 release date: The cast of Heartstopper

Here’s the full speculative cast list for Heartstopper season 2:

  • Joe Locke as Charlie Spring
  • Kit Connor as Nick Nelson
  • Yasmin Finney as Elle Argent
  • William Gao as Tao Xu
  • Kizzy Edgell as Darcy Olsson
  • Corinna Brown as Tara Jones
  • Cormac Hyde-Corrin as Harry Greene
  • Sebastian Croft as Ben Hope
  • Jenny Walser as Tori Spring
  • Olivia Coleman as Sarah Nelson
  • Fisayo Akinade as Mr Ajayi
  • Leila Khan as Sahar Zahid
  • Jack Barton as David Nelson
  • Nima Taleghani as Mr. Farouk
  • Bradley Riches as James McEwan
  • Evan Ovenell in an undisclosed role

So, there you have it. Here’s everything we know about a potential Heartstopper season 2. If you can’t stop feeling the love, check out our guide to the best romance movies.