Foundation Season 2 First Look Revealed; Along With New Cast Additions
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Foundation On Apple TV+ Reveals Season 2 First Look And New Cast Additions

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BY April 29, 2022

The Foundation series is one of the best science fiction novels of all time. And Foundation on Apple TV+ is one of the best sci-fi TV shows of all time. The source material comes from Isaac Asimov who many consider to be one of the greatest writers of the genre in history. Foundation season 1 gave us an epic story set in a futuristic universe where an Empire rules the known galaxy in a fascist albeit ordered way. One cataclysmic incident sets into motion events that will reverberate through the generations in this story. And season 1 is seemingly only giving us a glimpse into those events. With the Foundation season 2 first look revealed, fans are getting even more insight into this brand new world. Along with new additions to the Foundation season 2 cast, and how these new characters will continue the compelling and time-spanning story.

Please note, I will be discussing a lot of spoilers from Foundation season 1. So read on at your peril.

What The Holy Heck Is Foundation On Apple TV+?

Foundation season 2 first look Gaal. Image via Apple TV+

Foundation is one of those amazingly dense TV shows that makes me question my intelligence. It’s so heavy in its world-building and storytelling that one needs to take a step back to process it all. This is why Foundation on Apple TV+ released episodes every week back in 2021. The scope and breadth of the series is vast. Based on a novel series by Isaac Asimov, the universe of Foundation is extensive. Originally a few collected short stories became a trilogy of books from 1951 to 1953. Later, Asimov developed sequels and prequels to his stories, for a total of seven books in the series. Many consider the Foundation series to be one of the most acclaimed works of science fiction, even winning a Hugo Award for ‘Best All-Time Series’ in 1966.

The entire idea of Foundation comes from a psychohistorian named Hari Seldon who predicts the eventual downfall of the current ruling force in the extended galaxy, The Empire. Using a new basis of mathematics, he discovers that Empire will fall eventually fall, resulting in 30,000 years of a new kind of dark ages, after which, a new Empire will arise.

The Math Of The Foundation Universe

Foundation on Apple TV+ Empire Image via Apple TV+

He does this by using math to predict the behaviours of large populations. Knowing the fall to be unstoppable, Seldon (Jared Harris) also proposes a solution: creating a database of all of the universe’s collected knowledge and history, to mitigate the Dark Ages from 30,000 years to a mere 1,000 years. The generation to rise after the dark ages, can use that knowledge to rebuilt society faster than through natural evolution. But as with anything, questioning the power of a fascist authority is never a good idea. And this is sort of the crux of the conflict in season 1. And the Foundation season 2 first look seems to continue this back and forth between the academic and the Empire.

Foundation Season 1 Showcased A Sprawling Universe

Foundation season 2 cast Hardin. Image via Apple TV+

The above is only just a a surface level description of what the larger story of Foundation is. With a plethora of characters in their own corners of the universe, Foundation is a larger concept than the traditional sci-fi or even regular fictional story. After having their Empire questioned, the Emperor (Lee Pace) banishes Seldon and his disciples to the far corners of the galaxy. Their goal: to create, curate and maintain this database of society for future generations. This database is the Foundation. However, the journey to achieve this goal is an adventure in and of itself. Seldon recruits mathematical prodigy Gaal Dornick (Lou Llobell) in his efforts, and she ends up becoming even more instrumental to the future of the universe than she could ever have imagined.

But what’s confounding, is that the first look of Foundation season 2 features Seldon, who died in season 1. The image released shows Pace’s Empire, in what looks like a heated argument with Seldon himself. Seldon was murdered during the journey to establish the Foundation, only to return as a form of conscious-ness transferred hologram to communicate with Gaal and the survivors of the Foundation. So seeing him returned, and with Empire, potentially teases a flashback to unseen events of season 1? Given the complexity of Foundation on Apple TV+, there may be another explanation that is just as credible.

Foundation Season 2 Cast Is Massive And Impressive

Foundation on Apple TV+ Pace Image via Apple TV+

Given the massive story, the ensemble cast of characters was just as massive. And now, it looks like the Foundation season 2 cast is growing along with the story. In the newest reveal, the show announced multiple actors joining the season 2 cast. The new additions are Isabella Laughland, Kulvinder Ghir, Sandra Yi Sencindiver, Ella-Rae Smith, Dimitri Leonidas, Ben Daniels, Holt McCallany, Mikael Persbrandt, Rachel House and Nimrat Kaur. What is most interesting, are the characters these actors will be playing in the show.

Laughland and Ghir play clerics of churches in the series, sure to add conflict to the existing faith versus politics dichotomy that the series explores. Sencindiver and Smith take on rules within the political landscape of Foundation, clearly either working as allies or rivals to the Empire’s rule. Leonidas and Daniels play new characters appearing as a trader and general. McCallany joining the Foundation season 2 cast as the Warden of Terminus, where the Foundation rests, is the most interesting. Seeing how Salvor Hardin (Leah Harvey) was the Warden of Terminus during all of season 1.

But with how that season ended, it makes sense that other Wardens would arise due to her absence. Of all of the new cast of season 2 of Foundation it’s Kaur’s that’s the most interesting. Kaur plays Yanna Seldon, sharing the same last name as Hari. The press release doesn’t give any other details, but it’s definitely the most intriguing connection. Is she related to Hari? The way the story jumps from multiple time periods and generations, any explanation is possible at this time.

Foundation Season 2 First Look And Cast Is Exciting

Foundation season 2 first look Seldon. Image via Apple TV+

At a time when deeply moving and broad shows and movies are constantly getting cancelled, this is good news. The reveal of the Foundation season 2 first look confirms the show’s production status which should alleviate many fans’ concerns about the status of the show. With a lot happening in season 1, season 2 will have to adapt the additional Asimov stories into its series. Hopefully, the new season will explain many of the hanging plot threads of season 1. Not that I’m complaining at all.

Foundation season 2 is coming soon on Apple TV+.

What do you think of the new Foundation season 2 first look? Are you curious about Seldon and Empire squaring off, despite what happened in season 1? Let me know your theories in the comments below.

Featured image via Apple TV+.

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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at or on Twitter @theshahshahid.

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