With so much competition for viewers on networks like NBC, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for a new show to capture people’s attention in the same manner that La Brea did when it premiered in September of 2021. The freshman sci-fi drama about the Lost-style survivors of a massive sinkhole event in Los Angeles who soon find themselves having to figure out how to live in our own prehistoric world became the number one new programme among the 18-49 demographic by mid-November, with the pilot reaching a whopping 19.8 million viewers.
With ratings like that, you can bet that NBC quickly renewed the series (starring Natalie Zea, Eoin Macken, and Chicago P.D. vet Jon Seda, among others) so that fans could look forward to a second season after the shocking Season 1 finale left us with a slew of major questions that La Brea Season 2 would have to answer. And, if you’re anxious to learn everything there is to know about the new season, don’t worry; we’re here to help!
La Brea Season 2 Is On The Fall 2022 Schedule
Even though La Brea was renewed just a few weeks into its first season, there was no assurance that Season 2 will air in 2022. Thankfully, the NBC executives recognise a good thing when they see one, and have decided to pity on all of us who have been waiting for answers to those Season 1 cliffhangers for far too long, as it was revealed in mid-May 2022 that La Brea will return to its Tuesday schedule in the fall. Furthermore, if you chance to miss an episode, you’ll be able to catch La Brea streaming on Peacock the next day!
The New Season Will Have 14 Episodes And Might Be Split Into Two Halves
Season 1 of La Brea comprised ten episodes, which did an excellent job of establishing the wide cast of individuals, their conflicts, and the mysteries surrounding some of them (which we’ll discuss further later). While it was often difficult to sympathise with the sinkhole survivors as they attempted to survive long enough to return to contemporary times, it was also impossible not to want to see more of their exploits.
Well, it appears that our prayers have been answered once more, as The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia’s drama film publication) has announced that La Brea Season 2 will feature 14 episodes of sinkhole mayhem. However, one potential consequence of the greater episode count mixed with the autumn launch, according to TVLine, is that La Brea’s second season could be split into two parts. This would allow the crew to finish all of the visual effects for the first half of the season in time for the show’s autumn premiere, with the break allowing them to finish the VFX for the second half before La Brea returns to NBC.
Two Of La Brea’s Season 1 Actors Are Now Series Regulars
Gavin, Izzy, and Ella took a huge leap of faith in the La Brea Season 1 finale by going into their own (very small) sinkhole to find the others back in 10,000 B.C., implying that we’ll be spending even more time in this prehistoric era. As a result, two of Season 1’s recurrent guest stars, Michelle Vergara Moore and Tonantzin Carmelo, have been promoted to series regulars, according to Deadline.
Ella, the artist who realised the visions she’d been using as inspiration for her artwork were actually childhood memories of her time in 10,000 B.C., and then travelled back in time with Gavin and Izzy to try to save her friend, Veronica, is played by Vergara Moore. Meanwhile, Carmelo will return as Paara, the chief of the Fort village and a Tongva tribe member who has begun to develop feelings for sinkhole survivor Ty, which will give him some problems in Season 2.
The Title For Season 2’s Premiere Is “Three Days Later”
As previously stated, towards the end of Season 1, La Brea did indeed leave viewers with a number of big, hefty cliffhangers. We don’t know much about the stories for the second season yet, but we do know the premiere’s title. In early May 2022, TVLine obtained the first page of the first draught for La Brea Season 2 and revealed that the premiere episode will be named “Three Days Later.” My hunch is that the season will just pick up three days after that shocking finale’s events.
La Brea Season 2 Will ‘Expand’ The Series
When discussing the finale and what they planned to do with Season 2, creator / executive producer / co-showrunner David Appelbaum told TV Insider that viewers would see more in the upcoming episodes:
We’ll visit new worlds and historical periods that we didn’t get to witness in Season 1. One of the things we’ve always hoped to achieve with the show is to broaden its scope. So I believe that venturing into new area like that will be one of Season 2’s most fascinating aspects.
Oh, my goodness! While Appelbaum’s mention of “new time periods” indicates that La Brea will extend beyond the giant-sloth past and present in its storyline, who knows what “new planets” could imply. Could the light that has allowed so many people to travel to the far past and return to our time and era also be travelling to another planet and/or plane of existence? All we can do now is wait and see!
We’ll Get Some Answers About Silas And Rebecca Aldridge In Season 2
Silas and Dr. Rebecca Aldridge appear to be two of the persons that seem to know a lot about what’s going on in La Brea. So far, we only know that Aldridge is a scientist who led an expedition into one of the time-travel light sinkholes, and that Silas (who we’ve only seen as a mystery peasant in 10,000 B.C.) is a scientist as well.
Appelbaum was able to clarify that Season 2 will provide fans additional answers about both of these fascinating characters during his interview with TV Insider. After establishing that Silas is Isaiah/grandfather Gavin’s and an Aldridge scientific colleague, he added:
Silas is going to be an important part of Season 2…We’re going to learn more about Silas and his connection to Aldridge and Gavin…[Aldridge is] going to be another character who is important to the show and the mythology and these sinkholes and this building. There are a lot of things we’re going to learn about her as we get into Season 2.
I simply cannot wait to get more info on Silas and Aldridge (including exploring that futuristic-looking building she showed to Scott in the finale)! For that matter, you can count me in on seeing where this wild experience takes everyone involved in La Brea Season 2. Luckily, we don’t have much longer to wait!