Outer Banks season 2 is around the corner, and the series’ stars want it known that plenty of drama is on the horizon – even more than what we might've predicted.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the stars of the show spilled some secrets from the upcoming sophomore season, which arrives at Netflix on July 30. Chase Stokes, who plays Pogues ringleader John B, commented that this season will be "quite the roller coaster.” In case you need a refresh – and beware of mild spoilers ahead – season one ended with John B and Sarah (Madelyn Cline) presumably dead but, in actuality, and as we later learned, the pair were making their way to the Bahamas looking for some sweet gold.
"Last season ended with John B and Sarah realizing that they're en route to Nassau, which they know is where Ward has the gold, so they know they're going in the right direction," Chase told EW. "But not with the looming reality that John B is wanted for a murder that he didn't commit. John B is one of the most glass-half-full individuals I've ever come across, so he's always coming at things from an optimistic mindset. But it will be interesting to see how he operates with a murder charge hanging over his head and the majority of the world thinking he killed a police officer."
"The big question is are they going to live this almost like Blue Lagoon-type situation, or is the trouble going to find them faster than they know it? And it is the latter. We see everything catch up to them, tenfold,” Madelyn revealed, adding that things are going to be “much more intense than anybody realizes.”
But, aside from murder framing and gold hunting, Madelyn teased that Sarah is also going to be busy with family drama, more especially choosing between her chosen family and her blood family. "This season [Sarah] is incredibly conflicted,” the actor explained to Entertainment Weekly. “She feels an obligation to her family because they've raised her … But then she's being pulled away by this new family that she's found herself and found a home in.”
The rest of the Pogues — aka. JJ (Rudy Pankow), Kiara (Madison Bailey), and Pope (Jonathan Daviss) — might have made it back safely but it looks like things won’t be that much easier for the trio either. As the first trailer for season two teased, the three will kick off the season mourning the deaths of John B and Sarah, which Rudy admits will affect JJ greatly.
"At the start of the season, JJ is asking himself the question of, 'Am I going to be okay without John B?' And even if he does find out John B is alive or all right, can he trust it?" the actor explained to EW. Another thing affecting JJ this season will be Pope and Kiara’s new romantic relationship after sharing a kiss in the season finale. "I don't think relationships are on [JJ’s] mind at the start of the season,” Rudy said. “He might actually understand why [Pope and Kiara] need each other, but I think he's a little worried he's going to be left out,” he added, though he he also highlighted that “Pogues are Pogues.” (Jonathan also dished the kiss won’t be of much importance for Pope at the beginning of the season as “everything they've been through is weighing on them.”)