Everything To Know About Heartstopper Season 2

Here’s when you can tune in — and what to expect from the new season.

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Kit Connor and Joe Locke of Netflix's 'Heartstopper'.

After landing a rare perfect 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s safe to say that Netflix’s Heartstopper captured the hearts of viewers and critics alike. The heartwarming coming-of-age drama is based on Alice Oseman’s graphic novel series and follows the adorable friendship-turned-romance between teen boys Charlie Spring (Joe Locke) and Nick Nelson (Kit Connor) during their complicated high school years. Unsurprisingly, fans of the hit series are desperate for the queer romance to return. Find out everything there is to know about Heartstopper Season 2 below.

Heartstopper Season 2 Cast

To the delight of fans, Netflix has confirmed that all leading cast members will be reprising their roles in Heartstopper’s second run. This includes Kit Connor, Joe Locke, Yasmin Finney, William Gao, Corinna Brown, Kizzy Edgell, Sebastian Croft, Tobie Donovan, Rhea Norwood, and Jenny Walser.

The returning cast will also be joined by a string of new faces in Season 2, including the transgender actor and TikTok star, Bel Priestley, who takes on the role of Naomi. Speaking at a National Student Pride panel in February 2023, Priestley revealed that her character has a “very strong friendship” with Finney’s Elle, and can’t wait for fans to witness “two trans girls conquering the world.”

“Netflix has done a really good job at breaking more boundaries in Season 2. They’re reaching new audiences and they’re looking at new things,” Priestly teased of the show’s return.

Meanwhile, Season 2 newcomers also include Leila Khan as Higgs student Sahar Zahid, Jack Barton as Nick’s older brother David Nelson, Nima Taleghani as teacher Mr. Farouk, and Bradley Riches as Truham student James McEwan.

Heartstopper Season 2 Plot

As mentioned, the series is adapted from a webcomic created by Alice Oseman in 2016, which ended up selling over a million print copies, leading to the release of six more volumes. As of publication, the exact plot details for Season 2 are yet to be revealed. However, Oseman has dropped teasers about what could come next for our favorite group of teens.

In a conversation with Digital Spy, Oseman explained that the series could start exploring themes of mental health as “that’s something that’s really important in the books” as Charlie and Nick’s relationship develops. “The challenge of writing Heartstopper is exploring those darker issues while keeping the tone so optimistic and hopeful,” she stated. “That has been, like, the struggle of writing it for me the whole way through.”

They also opened up about a future plot line they have in mind for Isaac (Tobie Donovan) – Charlie’s quiet, book-loving friend. Fans of the show have previously picked up on the character’s “aroace vibes” – a theory which has previously been confirmed by Oseman. AroAce is an abbreviated form of Aromantic Asexual – the term for somebody who experiences little-to-no romantic or sexual attraction. “Isaac has a lot more to him,” Oseman hinted to Attitude “and I’m really looking forward to seeing more of his story.”

“Netflix will hate me for spilling, but yes, asexuality will be discussed on TV in a big way. I’m excited. I hope it’ll change the world,” the show’s creator added. “I hope when it happens in Heartstopper it doesn’t feel like a lesson. You know Isaac, you care about him, and now you’re going to learn something new about him.”

“I’ve known for ages exactly how Heartstopper is going to end,” they revealed. “It’s been really helpful to have that end-point to kind of build towards. I’m not going to spoil anything, but it’s a happy ending, I feel like everyone knows that.”

Speaking on the Radio Times podcast, Connor, who plays Nick in the teen drama, revealed that he has “absolutely no clue” about any potential plot details of the forthcoming new seasons, adding that he puts “all my trust” into Oseman’s vision for the series.

As for his own hopes for the second season, Connor also shared that he would like to see the “strengthening of Nick and Charlie’s relationship.” He continued, “In Season 1, we very much see the young love and the beginnings of their relationship. I think that it would be lovely, you know - not just to act - also just to see, as well, their relationship just, sort of, get stronger and blossom.”

Indeed, the plot of the first season of Heartstopper only covers the first two volumes of graphic novels by Oseman, so there’s definitely plenty of content to work with for several more seasons. In another interview with Radio Times, Oseman stated there would “probably be four seasons” to cover the full story. “I haven’t done any in-detail planning or anything, but it’s quite easy to divide up the books into seasons, so four I think would do it,” she shared.

Heartstopper Season 2 Release Date

In May 2022, Netflix made the announcement fans had been waiting for, by revealing that Heartstopper will return for not one, but two more seasons — and the first of those will be arriving very soon. On April 24, Netflix announced that the Heartstopper Season 2 release date is Aug. 3. The streamer shared the news with a behind-the-scenes teaser.

In October 2022, fans got their first look at Season 2 after footage of the Heartstopper cast filming in Paris surfaced online. As per PinkNews, filming in the French capital will come as no surprise to fans of the original novels, as the second volume sees the central two characters, Nick and Charlie, head off on a Parisian adventure together.

Heartstopper Season 2 Trailer

Netflix dropped a Heartstopper Season 2 preview at its Tudum fan event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 17, premiering the new installment’s first scene. In the Season 2 clip, Charlie wakes up the morning after the events of the finale to a “good morning text” from Nick. After texting all morning, the new boyfriends come face to face back at school. Along with the video, Netflix also revealed the titles for all eight episodes in Season 2.

A full trailer followed on July 25, featuring a closer look at the season’s relationships and Nick’s coming out journey.

This post will be updated as more Heartstopper Season 2 details become available.

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