Resident Evil season 2 on Netflix — Everything we know

ELLA BALINSKA as JADE, holding a gun and a flashlight gun in Netflix's RESIDENT EVIL
(Image credit: Marcos Cruz/Netflix)

We need Netflix's Resident Evil season 2 much like the people of New Raccoon City need a way to stop Umbrella from weaponizing Joy. Except, sadly, it isn't happening, as Deadline reports Resident Evil is canceled. 

The rest of this article, as originally written, follows.

Of course, this is your spoiler warning for the events of Netflix's Resident Evil live action series (which is one of our favorite new Netflix shows). The first run may be divisive with critics, but it did manage to knock Stranger Things from the No. 1 spot on the Netflix top TV shows chart for a few days before moving to the No. 2 spot (never bet against Eleven). 

First things first, yes, Netflix has not greenlit Resident Evil season 2. But, Andrew Dabb, the mastermind behind the whole series, has explained that he has already been talking about his plans for a second season.

Resident Evil season 2: Netflix release date speculation

It feels like we'll have a proper wait for Resident Evil season 2, if Netflix decides to greenlight it. 17 months separated the start of production (February 2021) and the first season's release (July 2022). 

Therefore, we wouldn't expect Resident Evil 2 until winter 2023/early 2024 at the earliest. We'd bet on the later end of that, of course, series mastermind Andrew Dabb still has to write the next season first, and who knows if he'll do that before Netflix makes this official.

Resident Evil season 2 cast 

Resident Evil season 2, if it happens, will continue to tell stories using its parallel timelines, which showrunner Andrew Dabb confirmed to Collider when asked. The only question is if the series decides to move things further in time for the "before" half, we may see all-new actors playing young Jade and young Billie. We think they'll stick with the two actors they have, though.

Netflix Resident Evil live action series cast

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The other big question for the Resident Evil season 2 cast is "who's going to be playing Ada Wong?" When Al sent Bert, Billie and Jade away in episode 8, he gave the them all Ms. Wong's name as a contact who could help them. 

In that Collider interview, Dabb basically said Wong will appear if there is a season 2, stating "Certainly, by the end of the show, we're kind of teasing characters, including Ada Wong. If we're lucky enough to have a Season 2, I think we can expect multiple characters from the games to appear in ways that are kind of inevitable, and hopefully a little bit surprising."

Here is the full list of expected Resident Evil season 2 cast:

  • Ella Balinska as Jade Wesker in 2036
  • Tamara Smart as young Jade Wesker, in 2022
  • Lance Reddick as Bert Wesker, and any other Wesker clones that are still out there
  • Adeline Rudolph as Billie Wesker in 2036
  • Siena Agudong as young Billie Wesker, in 2022
  • Paola Núñez as Evelyn Marcus
  • Ella Zieglmeier as Bea
  • Ahad Raza Mir as Arjun Batra

Resident Evil season 2 plot possibilities and season 1 ending explained

Resident Evil season 2 will likely pick up with Bert, Billie and Jade on the run from Umbrella in 2022 and Jade trying to save her daughter Bea from Billie in 2036. So, let's break down the former first, and the latter second.

In 2022: A Tyrant — the giant, clawed and mutated T-Virus victim — was seen breaking out of the demolished Umbrella lab. It's likely going to be scratching up some chaos as we go forward, while Bert, Billie and Jade track down Ada Wong, a spy who worked against the Umbrella Corporation in the Resident Evil games. 

We will also likely see more of how a fissure formed between Billie and Jade, as the state we last saw them in in season 1 doesn't match their 2036 state. Evelyn, or someone else, will likely try and radicalize Billie to join Umbrella. The two parted ways while Jade was pregnant with Bea, so a time jump will probably happen at some point. We hope Bert survives to the day where he can find an establishment with truly unlimited breadsticks.

SIENA AGUDON as YOUNG BILLIE, TAMARA SMART as YOUNG JADE, looking horrified in Netflix's Resident Evil

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In 2036: The story is simple: Jade (possibly with the help of Arjun) needs to find Bea. Billie is likely doing all kinds of experimentation on the girl, as she saw the giant T-Virus mutated crocodile ignore the child. 

Jade and her crew have a little more information now about how to stop the T-Virus, because there's something in her DNA that will be of help. Her spit helped create the repellent, and something in Bea made the croc stay away from her.

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Henry T. Casey
Managing Editor (Entertainment, Streaming)

Henry is a managing editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.