Love, Victor Season 2: Everything We Know

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Spoilers for Love, Victor season 1 ahead.

With four words in the final moments of Love Victor‘s season 1 finale, everything changed. “Mom, Dad…I’m gay,” Victor Salazar (Michael Cimino) told his parents Isabel (Ana Ortiz) and Armando (James Martinez) after a season of shielding his sexuality from those around him. Then the screen cut to black, leaving viewers desperate for a second season of the teen comedy.

Luckily, a second season has just been ordered by Hulu, per Deadline. A sequel series to 2018’s Love, Simon, the 10-episode series dropped on Hulu June 17. It explores Victor’s coming-of-age journey at Creekwood High School as he navigates both an ill-fated relationship with Mia (Rachel Naomi Hilson) and secret crush on his co-worker Benji (George Sear). He’s also living in constant fear that his religious parents will discover his sexual orientation. Ahead, everything we know about what season 2 will hold for Victor and company, including what producers have said about addressing the coronavirus pandemic.

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Season 2 has been confirmed.

Deadline reported that Love, Victor season 2 is on the way, nearly two months after its premiere date. The outlet notes that the series was the most-watched drama on Hulu during is premiere week in mid-June.

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Prior to the official renewal, the show’s writing team was hard at work on a potential season 2. Deadline reported in February, ahead of the show’s premiere, that a writers’ room had already been formed to create season 2 storylines. “Right now there’s a writers room convened, we’re working on the first episodes of season 2,” co-showrunner Brian Tanen told Gay Times. “Obviously with coronavirus and everything going on right now, we’re a little bit up in the air as to when this might go back into production. But we’re hard at work coming up with new stories for the show and we are very optimistic for the future.”

According to a June interview with Entertainment Weekly, writing the second season has only continued since then. “We’re writing episode 5 of the second season right now,” series co-creator Isaac Aptaker told the outlet. “It’s pretty planned out. We don’t know when we’ll be able to make it because of corona, of course, and we’re waiting on a formal order from Hulu, but we’re very optimistic.”

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That finale ended on a major cliffhanger.

If season 2 of Love, Victor wasn’t in the cards, viewers would never get a conclusion to one huge cliffhanger. At the end of the first season, Victor is making a lot of life moves at the school dance. He’s come out to his close friend Felix (Anthony Turpel), but hasn’t told anyone else—including his girlfriend Mia. Victor is determined to give her the night of her dreams, in spite of his ever-growing doubts about dating her. But that plan is ruined when Mia spots Victor kissing his coffee shop co-worker and crush, Benji.

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Mia seeks refuge with her friend Andrew (Mason Gooding), who’s been hiding his feelings for her all season long, as well as her father’s girlfriend Veronica (Sophia Bush). Victor emerges from the Spring Fling ready to tell his parents he’s gay, but he’s overshadowed by their announcement that they’re separating following his mother’s infidelity. At first, Victor is deterred from sharing his secret. But with one final moment of inspiration, he decides to come out to his parents once and for all.

The start of season 2 will pick up where the finale left off.

For those worried that we won’t see the moment Victor comes out to his mother and father, stress no longer. “We are definitely going to see the rest of that scene right where we cut out,” Aptaker told Entertainment Weekly. “We wouldn’t want to deny the audience that. It feels like you’re just begging for the camera to turn around, so we’ll kick off right where we left off.”

The fallout from Victor’s confession will send ripples through his relationships.

Now that Victor has spoken his truth to his parents and Felix, there are a lot of questions to be answered. How will his parents react to Victor coming out, when they’ve expressed homophobic attitudes before? Does this essentially end his relationship with Mia? And what will the rest of the school make of Victor’s new chapter? “If season 1 is the story of a young person figuring out who they are and what they want, season 2 can be all the exciting things that happen next: first love, first relationship, first sexual experiences,” Tanen told TVLine, teasing Benji and Victor’s romance.

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As for the other dynamics in his life, Tanen told TV Guide, “We’ve set up so many relationships that are going to be affected by a coming-out. And so what Victor and Mia have, for example, is really a best friendship, but what happens when she realizes that she was in a completely different relationship with Victor than he was with her? And here we have a young student-athlete who is suddenly going to be out, and how does that ripple across that traditionally macho world of athletics in high school? I just feel like there’s so many places for our story to go in Season 2, and it’s really fun to start thinking about and writing the story of someone who is finally starting to live their authentic life.”

Season 2 won’t have any COVID-19 storylines.

When Love, Victor returns for a second season, don’t expect the show to address the pandemic in any way. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter‘s TV’s Top 5 podcast, co-creators Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger were asked about depicting the coronavirus and the movement for police reform in future storylines. Although “it’s an ongoing conversation,” regarding other current events, per Aptaker, they’re not itching to depict COVID-19 onscreen. “The one thing we’ve decided not to tackle on Love, Victor is coronavirus,” he said on the podcast. “We feel like this show has enough on its plate and there’s something about the slight wish fulfillment, slight aspirational element to the show—do people really wanna watch these kids social distancing and Zoom high schooling and wearing masks all the time?”

Most of the cast is likely to return.

As many of the students begin their junior year at Creekwood, the actors who play Victor, Benji, Mia, Felix, and Andrew are likely to return, as well as Felix’s girlfriend Lake (Bebe Good). Our titular teen will also have to tread new waters with his family, meaning his parents and pot-stirring sister Pilar (Isabella Ferreira) will be back.

Another actor who provides voiceover and makes a small appearance in season 1 is Simon (Nick Robinson) from the original film. According to Tanen, Robinson’s involvement is poised to continue. “We’re definitely excited to keep having that connective tissue to the film and have that be part of our world,” the co-showrunner told TVLine, adding that there are plans “to include more characters from the film” in season 2.

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There’s no official premiere date for season 2.

There’s no way of knowing when Love, Victor season 2 will debut, particularly after the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on productions. Per Variety, the first season filmed in August 2019 before premiering in June 2020. So that could place filming for season 2 this fall (safety protocols permitting) with an air date next summer. While no premiere date is official, Tanen says the series will continue to “push the envelope” in depicting adult themes.

The show, which was originally planned for launch on Disney+, was moved to Hulu for exploring themes including “general sexual exploration,” teen drinking, and adultery. “I think it’s okay to say that right now, the writers’ room is discussing a storyline where a straight character and an LGBT character are anxious about possibly losing their virginity over the same weekend,” Tanen teased to TVLine. “It’s a storyline, to me, that feels very much like we’re able to tell it because we’re on Hulu, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to see a story through a gay lens that you would never see anywhere else.”

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