While Netflix's Stranger Things has become a cultural phenomenon, their likeminded series The OA has become a quite cult hit with a rabid fan base. Interestingly enough, while it took Stranger Things quite a few months to lock down a second season, Netflix issued a series renewal for The OA just 8 weeks after it debuted on the streaming service.
Netflix announced the The OA Season 2 was renewed with a teaser video. They haven't issued a release date, with the trailer ominously stating 'Coming Soon'. But word is that these new episodes will drop in the late part of 2017.
The teaser trailer itself is rather cryptic, and doesn't even begin to hint at the tangled web the series managed to weave in its first episodes. It's possible the renewal came so quickly, because of the many cliffhangers that were left open. Perhaps Netflix and the show's creators had an understanding that The Original Angel would be returning no matter how the streaming traffic played out.
A supernatural series with plenty of twists and turns, The OA Season 2 will bring back original creators Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij. Brit Marling also stars in the show as the title character The OA, also known as Prairie Johnson. The show debuted in December, and while it didn't catch fire quite the same way Stranger Things did, fans have become quite obsessed with the drama in its own right.
Zal's brother Rostam Batmanglij scored the first season, and will be back for these new episodes. Brit Marling had this to say about the series and it's respective seasons, with The OA Season 2 being referred to as The OA Part II.
"We always thought of it almost like books, and there could be many different volumes."
In The OA, Prairie Johnson is a young blind woman who returns to her hometown after an unexplained seven-year absence. Her eyesight restored, she now calls herself "The OA." She refuses to talk about her disappearance with anyone except four teenage boys and their high school teacher, sharing an incredible story involving her past identities, abduction and transdimensional travels in order to recruit them for a mysterious mission.
The first season of The OA comprised of eight one-hour episodes, original debuting on Dec. 16. The ensemble cast includes Emory Cohen (Brooklyn), Scott Wilson (The Walking Dead), Phyllis Smith (The Office), Jason Isaacs (the Harry Potter films), Alice Krige (Star Trek: First Contact), Patrick Gibson (The Tudors) and Brendan Meyer (Mr. Young). The OA is executive produced by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Sarah Esberg from Plan B Entertainment and Anonymous Content's Michael Sugar, alongside Batmanglij and Marling.
The first teaser can be seen below courtesy of Netflix. The second season will need to answer quite a few questions, as the first season finale left quite a few cliffhangers dangling in the wind. All of which are simply too complicated to get into if you haven't seen the show. So if you haven't watched The OA yet, you better get to it before these new episodes kick off later this year.