The Afterparty season 2 release date, first look, new cast members and everything we know so far

(L to R) Aniq (Richardson) and Zoë (Chao) in the first look from The Afterparty season 2
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It's Tiffany Haddish's Afterparty and she can do what she wants to! The Afterparty season 2, having been renewed by Apple TV Plus, finally has a release date. Haddish will reprise her role as Detective Danner, but what about the rest of The Afterparty cast? Good news: Sam Richardson and Zoë Chao are returning. As for new faces, Ken Jeong and many more is joining in the fun. 

The series comes from executive producers Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, and created and directed by Miller. Season 1 begins with a murder at the afterparty of a high school reunion. Each episode is told from a different character’s perspective in a different genre, ranging from psychological thriller to musical to animation. 

Season 2 will revolve around a new case, a murder at a wedding. The anthology aspect is similar to other murder mysteries like Knives Out 2 (which brings back Daniel Craig as Detective Benoit Blanc) and White Lotus season 2 (only Jennifer Coolidge returns from the original cast). 

Here's everything you need to know about The Afterparty season 2.

The Afterparty season 2 release date confirmed

Apple announced (opens in new tab) a Friday, April 28, 2023 release date for The Afterparty season 2 when it rolled out the above first look with Aniq holding a doll.

The streaming service just renewed the series on March 2, so it may be some time before production on season 2 gets started. Miller and Lord are an exceedingly busy producing duo. They are currently working on the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel for December, as well as a number of other projects like a reboot of Clone High and Project Hail Mary with Ryan Gosling.

Even if someone else takes charge of showrunning The Afterparty season 2, and Miller hands off directorial duties, script writing and filming could take months. Our best guess is that season 2 doesn't premiere until mid- to late 2023. 

The Afterparty season 2 cast

Zoe Chao and Sam Richardson in The Afterparty

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The Afterparty season 2 cast is led by Tiffany Haddish, who is reprising her role as Detective Danner. 

Also returning are Sam Richardson as Aniq and Zoë Chao as Zoe. 

Other potential returning cast members could include Ike Barinholtz as Brett, Ilana Glazer as Chelsea, Jamie Demetriou as Walt, John Early as Danner's partner Detective Culp and Reid Scott as Danner's nemesis Detective Germain. Ben Schwartz as Yasper is probably the least likely returning cast member who's still potentially available.

While Dave Franco — murder victim Xavier — is less likely to return, we could see more of Xavier through his music videos that weren't seen in season 1.

Season 2 is welcoming several new faces in Elizabeth Perkins, Zach Woods, Paul Walter Hauser, Poppy Liu, Anna Konkle, Jack Whitehall and Vivian Wu. 

Ken Jeong is also joining The Afterparty cast in an undisclosed role. In Apple's release date and first look reveal, it noted that John Cho is also joining the cast.

The Afterparty season 2 plot and season 1 ending explained

The Afterparty season 2 will see Danner tackling a new case at the afterparty of a wedding. And since Aniq and Zoe are involved, the wedding may be theirs! After all, they hooked up in season 1 finale.

The official description from Apple reads "In season two, a wedding is ruined when the groom is murdered and every guest is a suspect. Detective Danner (Haddish) returns to help Aniq (Richardson) and Zoë (Chao) solve whodunnit by questioning family members, star-crossed lovers and business partners, and hearing each suspect’s retelling of the weekend, each with their own unique perspective and visual style."

The finale, titled "Maggie," brought forth an unexpected witness: the titular daughter of Zoe and Brett. The little girl recounted her evening to Danner, which included drawing the cat face on Aniq and seeing Jennifer #2 wet herself (her water broke, so she went to the hospital). 

Maggie's account fills in a few missing pieces for Danner, who declares she knows who the killer is. It's Aniq, Brett or Walt. But Walt was in the bathroom planning his streaking adventure. Aniq speaks up to admit he saw Brett in the driveway at the time of the murder. Ready to face the music, Aniq realizes that every telling of the story mentioned the closet was closed. But when he went to check the drawings on his face, it was open. 

Something had been hiding in there ... and it was Yasper! He was bitter that Xavier was famous and also that he didn't bless Yasper's track. So, he decided to get revenge by killing Xavier, stealing the song and releasing it as a posthumous duet.

Ben Schwartz in The Afterparty on Apple TV Plus

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When Yasper brings up his texts with Xavier, as proof that they were friends, Danner notes the A/V guy could've easily gotten the dead pop star's password. Aniq then realizes that Yasper could've used Xavier's phone to delete the security footage. When the phone is found in Yasper's pocket, he's busted. 

Danner crows about her triumph to her captain and to her nemesis, Detective Germain. Meanwhile, Aniq and Zoe head out to breakfast. When she pulls over to the side of the road, she asks if he's ever going to make a move. They kiss ... only to be interrupted by Walt, who meekly asks for a ride home. 

With the case closed, and Yasper seemingly bound for prison, this afterparty is clearly over. But another one looms on the horizon for Danner, as wedding bells turn into police sirens.

Kelly Woo
Senior Writer

Kelly is a senior writer covering streaming media for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.

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