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 since they're young runaways wanted for murder, it's possible they've become quite a high-profile case.
As James and Alyssa are little Bonnie and Clyde like "masterminds," they could be on the run still, too. Several photos released of Season 2 thus far indicate there are a few scenes of Barden sporting a wedding dress. It wouldn't be out of the show's impulsive realm of possibility for these crazy kids to get hitched, especially if James is going away to prison. Or, if James did die and he's only returning in the form of memories, if at all, Alyssa might be grieving in her own way this season and it'll give a look at her outlaw experience on her own.
It doesn't seem likely that James is gone for good just yet, though. 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."
Alex Lawther implied the possible direction of the two facing consequences in speaking to NME. "What we are left with is very open-ended. It's just that gun shot and then fade to black," Lawther said. "A part of me thinks it's almost too perfect, too Romeo and Juliet if he died. I don't think James and Allysa would stand for that. They'd think they were more complicated than that. They're not hopeless romantics and life isn't like that. Life is not a Shakespearean tragedy, there's more mundanity. Given the tone of the series, it might be interesting if they actually had to deal with the consequences of their actions."