HBO MAX'S RAISED BY WOLVES WAS MADE FOR 2020— a baffling, unpredictable, somewhat unnerving, and completely weird science fiction show about a world-ending war between faith and science. There's alsoRidley Scott, white goopy androids, Ragnar Lothbrok (we mean Travis Fimmel), and avengeful Mother robotwho. (When she decides to pluck her eyes from her skull, watch out for the blood mists.)
Who'd have thought a slow burn, sporadically violent, and sometimes disjointed philosophical exploration of humanity's knack for destruction and thirst for creation would become a highlight for so many viewers? HBO Max knew the rarity they had on-hand as the streamer already renewed Raised by Wolves on September 17, just two weeks after the series premiered. Warner Media said the show was "the top-performing [HBO] Max original since the platform's launch." Now that the first season has ended, leaving a lot for us to unpack, there is a whole ark-load of questions still needing to be answered. So what's in store for Season 2.
What started as a dystopian tale of two androids, simply named Mother (Amanda Collin) and Father (Abubakar Salim), seeking refuge on Kepler-22b, a desolate planet slated for the birth of a new atheistic human civilization, turned into a multi-layered battle between man, machine, and something else altogether. As the series continued, the synthetic humans did their best to raise their isolated family amid the threat of an invasion by the Mithraic army — a religious faction that worships the sun and escaped Earth before it was completely destroyed.
Throughout the season, we watched as Marcus (Fimmel) and Sue (Niamh Algar), a couple of fakers masquerading as Mirthraic soldiers, became bonded to Paul, their would-be son if it weren't for their true identities hiding under their surgically-renewed faces. Their own Atheist beliefs came into question as the story progressed, leaving Marcus convinced he was touched by the Mithraic god Sol as Sue moved to protect Mother and her unborn baby at all costs.
Which brings us to those final minutes from the finale, titled "The Beginning," which found the android indeed giving birth to whatever ended up impregnating her on her sojourn into the forest earlier in the season. But instead of it being the child she thought her maker had given her during her digital trip down memory lane, a toothy, flying, eel-like parasite shot from her gullet and immediately began suckling at her abdomen.
After all this time, Kepler-22b was revealed to be a whole different sort of planet entirely. It's full of secrets and mysteries and sort of akin to a haunted house, as Guzikowski explained to Decider. And all those weird feral creatures? It turns out they're a bunch of devolved humans, which leads to the realization that people lived on this planet thousands of years ago. As did dinosaurs. What the heck is going on here?
The season ended with the reveal of a Mithraic ship full of atheists hovering over the planet, alluding to further conflict ahead, as Father ushered Mother to safety while the parasite baby, now a gargantuan behemoth, took flight.
With most of next season's story already outlined, he's already gearing up to return to South Africa to continue Raised by Wolves. But aside from scheduling concerns that may arise due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it's still quite unclear when we'll see these new episodes on TV. Look at it this way: The series was originally announced in 2018 and production of the first season lasted about a year-and-a-half before the show's 2020 premiere. So, it'd be safe to deduce we have possibly that amount of time, at least, before Season 2 drops to HBO Max. Mark your calendars for… June 2022?