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The anticipation is building as we prepare to enter the opulent world of “The Gilded Age” once again. Season 2 of this Emmy-winning drama is just around the corner, and fans can’t wait to see what creator Julian Fellowes has in store for us. But before we dive into the details of the upcoming season, let’s take a moment to appreciate the pedigree behind this series.
From Downton Abbey to The Gilded Age
Julian Fellowes, the mastermind behind “The Gilded Age,” is no stranger to crafting captivating period dramas. He previously brought us the cultural phenomenon known as “Downton Abbey,” which enchanted viewers worldwide when it premiered in 2010. Spanning six television seasons and two feature films, “Downton Abbey” allowed us to immerse ourselves in the lives and challenges of the aristocratic Crawley family in the wake of the Titanic tragedy. This series didn’t just win hearts; it also took home an astonishing fifteen Primetime Emmy Awards during its five-year run.
In 2022, nearly a decade after the doors of “Downton Abbey” closed, Julian Fellowes made his triumphant return to television with “The Gilded Age.”
The Shift from England to New York
“The Gilded Age” transports us from the tranquil English countryside of the early 1900s to the bustling streets of late 1800s New York. This shift in setting brings with it a new family, a new time period, and a new continent. The gripping Emmy-winning first season introduced us to the indomitable Bertha Russell, portrayed by Carrie Coon, who defied her family’s elders to become the de facto queen of the United States’ railroad empire. This fall, Bertha and the Russell family are set to grace our screens once more in Season 2.
Release Date and Where to Watch
Mark your calendars because “The Gilded Age” Season 2 is set to premiere on Sunday, October 29, 2023, at 9 PM ET/PT on HBO, simultaneously available for streaming on HBO Max. Just like the previous season, new episodes will be released every Sunday at 9 PM ET/PT. As an HBO production, “The Gilded Age” Season 2 will exclusively air on the main HBO channel and stream on HBO Max, where you can also catch up on all episodes of Season 1.
A Glimpse into Season 2
For those eagerly awaiting Season 2, HBO treated us to the first trailer on August 23. The trailer hints at Bertha Russell’s determination to face her adversaries not with weapons but with the power of words and negotiation. Ward McAllister, played by Nathan Lane, advises caution, but as we’ve come to know Bertha, she doesn’t shy away from significant challenges. To maintain control over her family’s railroad empire, she’ll need to confront even greater threats.
The Creative Minds Behind the Series
Julian Fellowes, renowned for his prowess in crafting dialogue-heavy dramas like “Downton Abbey” and “Gosford Park,” returns to write and executive produce “The Gilded Age.” While most of the crew details are still under wraps at this time, you can expect the same level of storytelling finesse that Fellowes has consistently delivered.
Returning and New Faces
The majority of the main cast from Season 1 is expected to return for Season 2, with Carrie Coon reprising her role as Bertha Russell. Nathan Lane, Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon, and Louisa Jacobson will also make their triumphant returns. Denée Benton, known for her work in “UnREAL,” will be back as Peggy Scott.
Joining the ensemble are new faces, including Laura Benanti, Robert Sean Leonard, Christopher Denham, Dakin Matthews, Matilda Lawler, Ben Lamb, David Furr, and Nicole Brydon Bloom.
Unveiling the Plot
The official plot synopsis for “The Gilded Age” Season 2 sets the stage for more dramatic intrigue:
“The Gilded Age was a period of immense economic change, of huge fortunes made and lost, and of fierce rivalry between old money and new. Nowhere is that rivalry more apparent than on East 61st Street, where Marian Brook and her thoroughly old money aunts, Agnes van Rhijn and Ada Brook, live opposite the stupendously rich George and Bertha Russell. The Russells are both fiercely ambitious, he financially, she socially, and they are determined to reach the highest echelons of New York. Meanwhile in Brooklyn, Marian’s friend and confidant Peggy Scott forges her own path in the world of the Black elite. In this glittering world on the brink of the modern age, will the established rules of society prevail, or will the game change entirely?”
A Journey Back to Downton Abbey
For those who can’t wait and want to revisit Julian Fellowes’ earlier masterpiece, “Downton Abbey” is available for streaming on Prime Video, Britbox, and PBS. You can indulge in all six seasons of this beloved series, and relive the magic that paved the way for “The Gilded Age.”
As we prepare for another season of opulence, drama, and intricate storytelling, “The Gilded Age” Season 2 promises to be a captivating continuation of this historical saga. Mark the date, and get ready to step back in time to the glittering era of New York’s Gilded Age.