Since pioneering the idea a few years back, streaming behemoth Netflix has continued to take a distinctively “swing for the fences” approach to the original content. It’s definitely achieved a few significant hits like House of Cards and Stranger Things, but it’s delivered a few pricy misfires, as well (see: Hemlock Grove, Gypsy, Iron Fist).
One way the streamer has hedged against this risk is by picking up unknown jewels off the overseas market and polishing them for U.S. distribution. These efforts have set Netflix apart from the competitors and yielded killer programs like Dark (Germany), Money
Heist (Spain), and The Rain (Denmark) (Denmark). The early days of 2020 found Netflix launching yet another surprising international sensation on U.S. viewers: a somber Dutch horror drama called Ares
Ares is mostly set in Amsterdam and follows Rosa (Jade Olieberg), a first-year medical student who is unexpectedly invited to join a mysterious secret organization that dates all the way back to the Dutch Golden Age. Once inside, she discovers unspeakable horrors as the group’s malicious (and supernatural) nature becomes clear.
Ares premiered on Netflix in January and immediately became a hit with horror enthusiasts and newcomers alike, with many declaring it too frightening to finish.
The series continues to be one of the most discussed originals of this pandemic-stricken year. This truth naturally has Ares lovers wondering if Netflix would continue to produce spine-chilling Ares treats. The following is everything we currently know about Ares season 2.
When will season 2 of Ares be on Netflix?
Given the initial wave of mainly good buzz surrounding Ares’ Netflix debut, it seems more than probable that the streamer would quickly greenlight a second season of supernatural mayhem.
When it comes to announcing second seasons, Netflix’s executives have traditionally followed one of two paths: either greenlighting season 2 prior to the debut of season 1 (which is uncommon) or waiting a few months to weigh audience numbers against production expenses.
However, there is hope. It’s reasonable to think Netflix is withholding renewals of some series (particularly those shot in Europe) until they are 100 percent convinced crews can return to work.
As such, even if no formal announcement has been made, there is still a good probability that the second season of Ares is in the works. If that is the case, the new season of Ares is likely to premiere on Netflix sometime in late 2021, so keep an eye out for updates.
Who will be in the cast of Ares season 2?
While we wait to see if and when Netflix will make Ares season 2 a reality, the question of who will return for a second season becomes clearer.
Rosa’s story dominated Season 1, which also featured several of her new school friends, including Carmen (Lisa Smit), Jacob (Tobias Kersloot), Fleur (Frieda Barnhard), and Roderick (Robin Boissevain). The majority of that team survived the risky season 1 plot, which culminated in some genuine gore in the last episode.
Given the violent nature of the conclusion and the way it obviously sets up a new season, there’s little doubt Jadie Olieberg will reprise her role as Rosa if Ares returns for a second season. Similarly, at least a couple of her essential staff members should accompany her.
That said, Tobias Kersloot’s Jacob will most certainly not be among them, as he suffered a horrible end in that climax. Maurits Zwanenberg, Carmen’s father (and Ares elder), did the same thing after witnessing Rosa’s remarkable metamorphosis in the final moments of season 1.
As we don’t know what Rosa’s season 2 plans are, we can’t say for certain which original Ares characters will return – let alone how many new faces will appear for any frightening season 2 hijinks.
Whatever happens, we’re hopeful Dennis Rudge (who portrays Rosa’s father Wendel) receives some additional screen time in season 2, as he was one of the show’s unsung heroes in the first season.
What Will Be the Plot of Ares’ Second Season?
The truth is that we have no idea where this wild plot will go following that no-holds-barred season 1 finale, but considering the massive amount of information revealed in the closing 15 to 20 minutes of season 1, we may be able to postulate a possibility.
To begin, any second season of Ares must undoubtedly explore Rosa’s new role as Ares leader. As a reminder, Rosa was chosen by Ares leader Mauritz to take charge of the gang in that finale, which forced her to unwillingly kill a willing Jacob.
Rosa’s rise to Ares’ president also granted her access to the enigmatic basement, where we discovered that the beast we’ve come to know and fear as Beal does not exist. Rosa instead discovered a pool of black slime encapsulating the essence of millennia of society’s heinous actions.
Rather of offering her own humiliation to the ooze, Rosa jumps in head first for a crash lesson in Ares’ heinous past, which we learn begins with their terrible slave-trading origins.
She emerges enveloped in the ooze and begins to utilize her newly acquired powers of influence to induce the suicide of scores of society members.
Season 2 of Ares is expected to focus on Rosa’s fight to get control of both her new powers and her new position in life, but given the barrage of season 1 events, it’s nearly hard to predict how those challenges will unfold.
Let’s just hope Netflix sees fit to offer us another encounter with the Dutch horrors’ hidden society.