Reservation Dogs Season 2: What We Know So Far

Minor spoilers ahead.

Reservation Dogs has charmed us all. The FX on Hulu comedy, co-created by Taika Waititi and Sterlin Harjo, debuted in August to rave reviews and immense critical praise (so much that it earned a 100-percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes) and, over the course of eight episodes, proved that it was worth every bit of the hype.

The series follows four Indigenous teens on an Oklahoma reservation, trying to get out and make a better life in California—albeit through scrappy, sometimes illegal means—in the wake of their best friend’s passing.

But at the end of season 1, only one member of the squad, Elora (Devery Jacobs), actually manages to escape, and she’s driving west with one of their rivals, Jackie (Elva Guerra), riding shotgun. The rest of the group stays back on their home turf.

What’s next for the Res Dogs? Here, we line up what else to expect from this refreshing and darkly comedic story about grief and growing up.

Is there a release date for Reservation Dogs season 2?

In July, Hulu announced that the second season will begin streaming on August 3, 2022. Harjo and his team were already working on episodes when season 1 premiered last August.

“We’re planning to get to work writing episodes for the second season this fall, so we think that’s a pretty good sign the show’s going to continue,” he told Tulsa World before season 1 of Reservation Dogs premiered in August 2021. “It was always our intention that this would be an ongoing thing.”

In the meantime, you can stream all episodes of Reservation Dogs season 1 on Hulu.

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Who’s in it?

Reservation Dogs follows our main crew of four teens: Bear (D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai), Elora (Devery Jacobs), Willie Jack (Paulina Alexis), and Cheese (Lane Factor). While it’s safe to assume they’ll be returning to reprise their roles, we’re also hoping we see more of the recurring stars, like Zahn McClarnon as police officer Big, Lil Mike and Funny Bone as rapping Mose and Mekko, Elva Guerra as Jackie, and Dallas Goldtooth as Spirit. Their future appearances are yet to be confirmed, though.

And Deadline reported that this season will include comedic icons Megan Mullally and Marc Maron.

Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi are co-creators and executive producers on the series. Harjo is also a director and showrunner.

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What will it be about?

Based on the trailer, it looks like not much is going well for Elora and Jackie, and some consequences are coming home to roost for everyone. Willie Jack is tasked with breaking a “white wizard curse,” Bear is not doing so hot on the construction site, and the topic of love is brought up more than once. It does look like everyone will reunited eventually.

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Jacobs told that she hopes audiences get to see “a greater scope” of the characters’ world. That could even mean more portrayals of everyday teenage life and weekend hangouts. “For me, growing up in my community, our weekend was a huge time of drama, and competition, and flashiness, and snagging, and hooking up, and everything in between,” she said. “There’s so much in this world that we’ve only scratched the surface of. In season 2, I’m really looking forward to seeing more of this town and the world that these kids are growing up in.”

There could also be a chance Bear’s aspiring rapper dad, Punkin (Sten Joddi), returns. (Viewers have only seen him in season 1, episode 4 so far.) “He’s only in that episode [of Season 1] actually, but will we ever see him later if we get a Season 2? I definitely think we will,” Woon-A-Tai told TV Line. “Do I think Punkin is gonna come to Oklahoma? No, I don’t think so.”

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