Although Altered Carbon season 2 was never part of the plan for showrunner Laeta Kalogridis or Netflix, there are all kinds of reasons why the cyberpunk hit, which was a winner with most viewers and many critics including us, might be renewed. Although the next Richard K. Morgan book in the series might be of too large a scale to be adapted the way the first Takeshi Kovacs novel was, there are plenty of other planets in the settled worlds for the series to explore if Netflix decides to give it another run.
Joel Kinnaman, who played the lead character in Altered Carbon, has already signed on for another streaming series on Amazon called Hanna, but the beauty of the concept behind the show, in which people’s consciousnesses are downloaded into new bodies, is that Takeshi Kovacs could be re-cast without upsetting the internal logic of the story. Other supposedly dead characters could similarly be resurrected in new “sleeves.”
Kalogridis confirmed to EW in a recent interview that if Altered Carbon were to be renewed, everything could change. “We want to do something surprising with the second season that is not in the same place with the same people,” she says. “I think the universe of these books gives you more latitude… Richard [K. Morgan] and I have a plan, I don’t know how people will feel about the plan, but we do have one!”
Perhaps Altered Carbon season 2 would have Kovacs searching for his long lost love, Quellcrist Falconer, who viewers learn might have a surviving cortical stack out there waiting to be re-sleeved. “The stuff we created in the first season that conflated some elements from the third book — like bring Quell (Renee Elise Goldsberry) into the story earlier — that also altered the structure significantly,” admits Kalogridis. “So now you have this character who wasn’t in the second book and I hope if we’ve done our job people will be very invested in this love story.”
Will fans get the Altered Carbon season 2 they’re hoping for? We’ll be sure to update you with any renewal news, should it be announced.