Updated Oct. 5, 2023 – The Gilded Age definitely pops when it comes to the performances by the actors, the costumes, and the story. The first season was a success, so I’m not surprised that a second season is happening! This show is one of my favorites and I can’t wait to see what happens next. What about you? The season 1 finale aired in March 2022, and we’ve been waiting forThe Gilded Age season 2 since.
The historical drama was created, written, and executive produced by Julian Fellowes. Joining her in EP duties are Gareth Neame, Michael Engler, David Crockett, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Bob Greenblatt, Sonja wWrfield, and Erica Dunbar.
So what’s in store for the characters in the next chapter of the story? Who will we see reprising their roles? Here’s all we know about the show’s second season ahead of its release!
The Gilded Age season 2 release date and where to watch
The Gilded Age season 2 premieres Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023. The show airs at 9 p.m. ET on HBO and will also be available to stream on Max. The second season features a total of eight episodes. This is one less installment than its predecessor. The first season aired new episodes weekly, and we expect the same for season 2. We shared the episode release schedule below:
- Episode 1 – Oct. 29
- Episode 2 – Nov. 5
- Episode 3 – Nov. 12
- Episode 4 – Nov. 19
- Episode 5 – Nov. 26
- Episode 6 – Dec. 3
- Episode 7 – Dec. 10
- Episode 8 – Dec. 17
The 9-episode season of The Gilded Age season 1 is currently streaming on Max. When season 2 debuts, episodes will also be available to watch online on the platform, as well as when new episodes air on HBO.
The series has not been affected by the writers strike and the actors strike. It was renewed all the way back in February 2022, with production beginning in May 2022. Plus, the historical drama is now officially coming back in October 2023.
What the new season is about
The real-life Gilded Age was between 1877 and 1900 when the U.S. saw rapid economic growth. The HBO series is set in 1882 New York. The company shared the logline and synopsis for the next chapter of the story. According to the synopsis, the titular time period saw “immense economic change,” people gaining and losing money, and a “fierce rivalry” between those with old money and those who have become newly rich. And that rivalry is going to be the center of the story for Marian Brook and her “old money aunts” against the “stupendously rich” George and Bertha Russell.
The couple is as ambitious as ever, and are adamant on reaching the “highest echelons” of New York. Elsewhere, Peggy Scott makes her own path for the Black elite. With the modern age coming about, will the rules of society remain, or will the game change entirely? We’re going to find out what happens to our favorite characters soon! Check out the full synopsis shared by HBO below:
"The American Gilded Age was a period of immense economic change, of great conflict between the old ways and brand new systems, and of huge fortunes made and lost. Season two of The Gilded Age begins on Easter morning 1883, with the news that Bertha Russell’s bid for a box at the Academy of Music has been rejected. Through the eight episodes of the season, we watch as Bertha challenges Mrs. Astor and the old system and works to not only gain a foothold in Society, but to potentially take a leading role in it. George Russell takes on his own battle with a growing union at his steel plant in Pittsburgh.In the Brook House, Marian continues her journey to find her way in the world secretly teaching at a girls school while much to everyone’s surprise Ada begins a new courtship. Of course, Agnes approves of none of it. In Brooklyn, the Scott family begins to heal from a shocking discovery, and Peggy taps into her activist spirit through her work with T. Thomas Fortune at the NY Globe."
We first got some quick glimpses of the new season in HBO’s “coming soon in 2023″ video. On Aug. 28, 2023, the company shared the official teaser trailer, and now we have the official trailer as well. The videos feature the societal tensions, more of the beautiful costumes, and a closer look at what’s to come. Check them out below:
Cast: Who’s returning in the new season?
Season 2 will see the return of Carrie Coon, Louisa Jacobson, Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon, and many more. We shared the full cast list below:
- Louisa Jacobson as Marian Brook
- Christine Baranski as Agnes van Rhijn
- Cynthia Nixon as Ada Brook
- Carrie Coon as Bertha Russell
- Morgan Spector as George Russell
- Denée Benton as Peggy Scott
- Blake Ritson as Oscar van Rhijn
- Taissa Farmiga as Gladys Russell
- Simon Jones as Mr. Bannister
- Harry Richardson as Larry Russell
- Jack Gilpin as Mr. Church
- Debra Monk as Mrs. Armstrong
- Kristine Nielsen as Mrs. Bauer
- Taylor Richardson as Bridget
- Ben Ahlers as John “Jack” Treacher
- Kelley Curran as Miss Turner
- Douglas Sills as Monsieur Baudin
- Celia Keenan-Bolger as Mrs. Bruce
- Michael Cerveris as Mr. Watson
- Erin Wilhelmi as Adelheid
- Kelli O’Hara as Aurora Fane
- Donna Murphy as Caroline Schermerhorn Astor
- Patrick Page as Richard Clay
- Sullivan Jones as T. Thomas Fortune
- Nathan Lane as Ward McAllister
- Ashlie Atkinson as Mamie Fish
- John Douglas Thompson as Arthur Scott
- Ward Horton as Charles Fane
- Laura Benanti
- Nicole Brydon Bloom
- Christopher Denham
- David Furr
- Matilda Lawler
- Robert Sean Leonard
- Audra McDonald
Some of you might be wondering if the character of Bertha Russell is based on a real person. Well, yes she is! According to Rhode Island Monthly, she’s based on Alva Vanderbilt, a real-life socialite who “made their wealth known through their residence.” She was born in Alabama and married William K. Vanderbilt, moving to New York and Rhode Island. Now a museum you can visit, the Marble House in Rhode Island, built between 1888 and 1892, was a gift from her husband. It was meant to show how rich the couple was.
Check out the first-look images below!
Stay tuned to Hidden Remote as we bring you updates about The Gilded Age season 2!