Who is set to return?
While that dramatic final sequence left many wondering what happened to James, EOTFW wouldn’t be the same if the messed up, beloved leads didn’t return -- so, it’s inevitable Alex Lawther and Jessica Barden will reprise their roles as James and Alyssa. As for the rest of the cast, though, everything is still up in the air.
Aside from the core cast, Deadline reported that Charlie Covell who wrote the entire first season is set to write the next, as well as executive produce this time around, along with Andy Baker, Dominic Buchanan, Jonathan Entwistle, and Ed Macdonald.
What will it be about?
Season 1 directly followed Charles S. Forsman’s graphic novel, which ends by basically implying James’ death -- but the TV adaptation left things a little bit up to our interpretation by never actually showing the character’s fate. (And, in part, opening up the possibility for a second season.) Because the first season wasn't really the end of the world, it could be that Season 2 picks back up right on that SWAT team infiltrated beach where we left the teenage rebels with James still alive. Perhaps the new episodes follows the legal bind that James and Alyssa are now in -- and based on the fact that they’re young runaways wanted for murder, it’s possible they’ve become quiet a high profile case.
Or, perhaps James did die and he’ll only return in the form of flashbacks -- but that seems unlikely as showrunner Jonathan Entwistle told us at Thrillist last year if the series were to continue, for him, "it’s about James and Alyssa." He said, "I think that's what people have connected with. I think a Season 2 would have to involve James and Alyssa somehow. I just love the world of them out there on the road, doing something in a weird world. So for me, any story that we expand keeps them out there somewhere."