Everything We Know About Netflix's 'Raising Dion' Season 2
The superhero series is coming back for a second super season.
Raising Dion is one of Netflix's bingeable sci-fi offerings. Based on the comic book and short film of the same name by Dennis Liu, the series follows single mom Nicole (Alisha Wainwright) and son Dion (Ja'Siah Young) as they deal with the loss of Dion's father, Mark (Michael B. Jordan). An already complicated situation becomes impossible when Dion begins to manifest supernatural powers, from the Matilda-esque ability to levitate his cereal to the capacity to teleport out of risky situations. Like any good "strange powers appearing out of nowhere" drama (see: NBC's Heroes or even Netflix's Stranger Things), Nicole must protect Dion from risky situations, like strange enemies or agencies looking for the chance to research his abilities, alongside her husband's best friend, Pat (Jason Ritter).
Netflix released the first season of Raising Dion in October 2019, leaving us with a few cliffhangers that cry out for a second season. Here's everything we pieced together about the future of the series.
Has Raising Dion been renewed for a second season?While it took a while to hear whether or not Raising Dion was coming back, Netflix officially renewed the series for a second season in January 2020. So don't worry: We'll definitely get to see the next chapter of this superhero origin story, and the team behind the first installment including showrunner Carol Barbee and executive producer Michael B. Jordan will be back, as reported by Variety.
When will Season 2 of Raising Dion premiere?According to Netflix, Season 2 was scheduled to go back into production in 2020, which is good news, but unfortunately, there's little word on what they've has accomplished thus far. It's probably safe to assume that, even though the coronavirus pandemic caused filming delays in Hollywood, the Raising Dion team was likely able to write most of, if not all of, the second season over the course of the year. It's unclear how much more work they've done to gear up for a release, but it seems like the show is getting there. According to The Atlanta Journal Constitution, the show supposedly began filming in the Atlanta area sometime in November 2020, which does make sense considering that's where Season 1 was shot. If the series is in the process of shooting, or even if they do continue to into the winter, it seems possible that we'll be seeing Dion and Nicole sometime in 2021. Although, it is hard to say without any official update from Netflix as to where production stands. Nevertheless, a mid-2021 release doesn't seem totally impossible.
How many episodes will there be in Raising Dion Season 2?With the news of the series being green-lit for Season 2, Variety reported that the renewal came with an eight episode order. That's unfortunately one less episode than the debut season's nine, but we'll take what we can get. They'll probably be just as, if not more, jam-packed with wholesome sci-fi antics from the titular, budding super human.
Who will return for Season 2?Raising Dion wouldn't be Raising Dion without the titular character and his mother, so it's reasonable to expect Ja'Siah Young to return as Dion and Alisha Wainwright as Nicole. Given that Dion's father, Mark, still technically isn't dead, we'll probably be seeing more of Michael B. Jordan on-screen. Count Jazmyn Simon's Kat in for Season 2 as well.
The jury's still out on Pat (played by Jason Ritter), who was defeated in the season finale after managing to hide his identity for nine episodes. After his defeat, however, we saw the storm-like entity possess Brayden, another second-gen super like Dion. Given that cliffhanger, we'll definitely be seeing more of Griffin Faulkner as Brayden. Ritter's appearance, however, is more up in the air. The actor did take to Twitter to express his excitement for Season 2 upon the series' renewal, though, so that could be a hint that he's coming back.
The rest of the supporting cast is a bit of a toss up, but we'll probably see Sammi Haney and Gavin Munn return as Dion's friends Esperanza and Jonathan, respectively. Given that scientific organization BIONA is still around, Ali Ahn will likely return as Suzanne Wu, the organization's head.
What's the plot of Season 2?The Season 1 finale put a pin in the Crooked Man's pursuit of Dion and other supers after Nicole, Dion, and BIONA managed to disintegrate Pat. However, the finale's cliffhanger ending revealed that the stormy entity managed to possess Brayden, the son of one of the superpowered men the Crooked Man had absorbed. That sets us up for a Season 2 conflict between Dion and Brayden, bringing the fight primarily to the second generation of super kids.
The other big remaining question concerns the fates of those who were absorbed by the Crooked Man, notably Dion's father, Mark. During the Season 1 finale, we saw his spirit briefly become corporeal, allowing him to speak with Nicole and Dion before fading away once again. Mark isn't quite alive, but he's not quite dead either—that means that his fate is still up in the air. We can probably expect a significant amount of Season 2 to be devoted to bringing Mark and those who were absorbed by the Crooked Man (and whose spirits were released during his disintegration) back to life.
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