Our Flag Means Death Season 2: Release Date, Cast, Plot & Everything Else You Need To Know

The swashbuckling rom-com series returns this October. Here's what you need to know about the upcoming second season including release date, plot and more.

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Fans have eagerly awaited the arrival of the second season of Our Flag Means Death, Max's beloved pirate-romance series, since its renewal in June 2022. The series is created by David Jenkins who works alongside Emmy-nominated executive producers Taika Waititi and Garrett Basch. It follows the journey of Rhys Darby as Stede Bonnet, a former wealthy gentleman who sets sail as an aspiring pirate captain aboard the ship "Revenge." Along with his crew, they navigate the high seas while adjusting to Stede's unconventional leadership style. Despite his awkward and gentle demeanor, Stede's encounter with Waititi’s intimidating Blackbeard leads to an unexpected and heartfelt connection that evolves into a touching romance. 

Praised for its refreshing take on pirate history and its commendable portrayal of LGBTQ+ characters and relationships, Our Flag Means Death returns for its second season on Max beginning October 5, 2023. 

Here is a recap on everything you need to know about Our Flag Means Death season 2 before it premieres on Max.

What is the plot of Our Flag Means Death Season 2?

The main focus of Our Flag Means Death’s upcoming season will be on what happens when Stede and Blackbeard eventually cross paths again. Their unexpected romance briefly made Blackbeard less of a hardened villain, however when Stede abruptly left toward the end of the first season, Blackbeard ultimately returned to his old, ruthless self. Fans will also see how Stede's crew handles Blackbeard’s reversal into the previously intimidating figure he once was. Season 2 promises to delve deep into the intriguing reunion between these two characters.

There also lies another question about what happened to Lucius who might still be alive even though Blackbeard tossed him overboard at the end of the last season. This adds another layer of mystery to the unfolding narrative.

Who stars in the second season of Our Flag Means Death?

The upcoming second season features the return of many familiar faces, ensuring the continuity of the show's vibrant ensemble. Leading the cast once again are Rhys Darby portraying Stede Bonnet and Taika Waititi as Blackbeard AKA Edward "Ed" Teach. Other returning cast members include Ewen Bremner (Nathaniel Buttons), Con O'Neill (Israel "Izzy" Hands), Joel Fry (Frenchie), Samson Kayo (Oluwande Boodhari), Vico Ortiz (Jim Jimenez), Kristian Nairn (Wee John Feeney), Matthew Maher (Black Pete), David Fane (Fang), Rory Kinnear (Captain Nigel Badminton), Nat Faxon (The Swede), and Leslie Jones (Spanish Jackie).

Adding to the excitement, the new season introduces fresh faces to the mix, including Madeleine Sami, Anapela Polataivao, Minnie Driver in the role of Annie Bonny, and Ruibo Quan as Susan. These new additions alongside the beloved original cast (minus Gus Khan who played Ivan in season 1) promises to bring more laughter and adventure to the world of Our Flag Means Death.

Where did they film Our Flag Means Death Season 2?

In June 2022, executive producer and star Taika Waititi announced in an interview with Collider that production for the series’ second season would shift from Los Angeles, California, to New Zealand. He expressed excitement about this change, stating that filming would hopefully begin by October. The filming of season 2 began in September and took approximately three months, concluding in December 2022. Waititi mentioned that the decision to move to New Zealand was driven by the desire to have a more suitable oceanic setting for the series, as compared to the previous location in Los Angeles.

Will Lucius return in Season 2 of Our Flag Means Death?

Nathan Foad played the role of Lucius Spriggs, Captain Stede's meticulous record keeper, in the first season of the show. In a dramatic twist during the season finale, Blackbeard impulsively threw Lucius overboard, seemingly condemning him to a watery demise. When questioned about his character’s fate at Florida Supercon, Foad expressed his belief that Lucius is alive and happy, stating:

“I do like the idea of him being taken in by a group of absolutely gorgeous mermen. Riding on their backs.”

Despite the collective hope that Lucius might have survived, it would be rather difficult to survive such a brutal fate. However, when Collider previously asked about Lucius' true status, series creator Jenkins playfully hinted at withholding the answer: "You got to wait.”

Will There Be a Third Season of Our Flag Means Death?

Series creator David Jenkins has mentioned that if there were to be a third season of Our Flag Means Death, it will ultimately be the last one. Officially speaking, there has not been word about the show’s potential renewal yet. However, due to the fans' loyal and vocal support, it is possible we might get another season depending on its viewership and whether those involved would want to proceed with another one. We will have to wait and see what happens in season 2 before we know for sure.

Our Flag Means Death season 2 will premiere on Max on October 5, 2023.