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Why The Dropout Probably Won’t Return For Season 2

The scammer series is coming to an end on April 7.

Amanda Seyfried as Elizabeth Holmes in Hulu's 'The Dropout'
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Hulu’s The Dropout retells the true story of Elizabeth Holmes and her failed biotech company Theranos, with Amanda Seyfried starring as the deep-voiced, perpetually disheveled former CEO. Since its premiere in early March, the series has drawn in strong reviews and ample praise on Twitter. As Judy Berman put it succinctly for Time: “In a season of subpar scammer shows, only The Dropout is the real thing.”

Still, it’s unlikely the show will return for Season 2. Though the events depicted occurred several years ago (the Wall Street Journal article that exposed Holmes as a fraud was published in October 2015), The Dropout covers much of Holmes’ rise and the creation of Theranos as well as its downfall, leaving little story left to tell. Additionally, Hulu has always marketed The Dropout as a miniseries, which typically implies that the show will end after a set number of episodes without the possibility of more. However, platforms have certainly reversed course and renewed limited series after seeing how successful they are. Should that be the case, here’s what we know about a potential Dropout Season 2.

The Dropout Season 2 Cast & Plot

If The Dropout comes back for a second season, it’s likely that much of the Season 1 cast will return. That includes Seyfried as Holmes, Michel Gill as Christian Holmes, Naveen Andrews as Sunny Balwani, William H. Macy as Richard Fuisz, Bill Irwin as Channing Robertson, Laurie Metcalf as Phyllis Gardner, Stephen Fry as Ian Gibbons, Utkarsh Ambudkar as Rakesh Madhava, James Hiroyuki Liao as Edmond Ku, Dylan Minnette as Tyler Shultz, Camryn Mi-young Kim as Erika Cheung, Sam Waterston as George Shultz, Michael Ironside as Don Lucas, Alan Ruck as Jay “Dr. J” Rosan, Kurtwood Smith as David Boies, Ebon Moss-Bachrach as John Carreyrou, Michaela Watkins as Linda Tanner, and more.

It’s hard to speculate what a potential second season of The Dropout might cover, but there was a two and a half year period between when the truth about Theranos was revealed to the public and Holmes’ arrest in 2018, which the show could dig into. Holmes has also since gotten married and had a baby, so a second season could explore that aspect of her life, though the years leading up to it certainly made for more provocative television.

The Dropout Season 2 Premiere Date

With only one season, there’s no set schedule to base a potential second season premiere date on. But most Hulu shows release a new season annually, so The Dropout would likely return in mid to late 2023. This post will be updated as more information becomes available.