The second season will debut globally in Spring 2019, airing early May in the UK.
Joe Dempsie as Harry Clarke
Season two stars Walton Goggins alongside returning cast, Joe Dempsie, Karima McAdams, Alistair Petrie and Anastasia Griffith. Rounding out the ensemble are new cast members, Victoria Hamilton, Alexander Siddig, Lily Banda and Zainab Jah.
“Season One was a brilliant introduction to DEEP STATE, and we could not have been more thrilled with the response. We are excited to return to this contemporary drama brand, which blends action and political intrigue with a strong moral core, to tell a complex story in a compelling way.” – Sara Johnson, VP, Scripted, FNG Europe & Africa and Executive Producer
As Season Two opens, Harry Clarke (Dempsie) and Leyla Toumi (McAdams) are reeling from the Season One’s debacle in Tehran. Harry has taken himself out of active duty and it is only at Leyla’s insistence that he is dragged back into the deeply secretive and deadly dangerous world of the deep state.
The deep state is on the verge of reaping enormous rewards from a US Government deal that is being brokered with Mali, a sub-Saharan country rich in resources hugely valuable to the Western World’s insatiable appetite for technological advancement. The deal is plunged into jeopardy, however, when three US special forces operatives and a Malian translator are ambushed and supposedly killed.
The deep state hastily deploys Nathan Miller (Emmy nominee Goggins), an ex-CIA operative, to ensure the deal goes ahead, but his actions are thwarted when the Malian translator, Aïcha Konaté (Banda) contacts Leyla and informs her of the actual events surrounding her supposed demise. Complicating matters for Miller are Meaghan Sullivan (Hamilton), a Republican Senator from Ohio, with an insatiable appetite for the uncovering the truth about the deep state and Aminata Sissoko (Jah), a senior advisor to the Malian President who is the deep state’s main obstacle in gaining a foothold in her country.
Joe Dempsie as Harry Clarke and Karima McAdams as Leyla Toumi
Meanwhile, a past storyline reconnects with last season’s George White (Petrie), a senior MI6 agent and Amanda Jones (Griffith), a CIA operative and the introduction of Issouf Al Moctar (Siddig), a Tuareg leader of an armed independence group. From here on in, viewers are taken on another extraordinary, helter-skelter journey in which Harry and Leyla must do everything in their power to stop the insidious advancement of the malignant network that is known as the deep state.
Matthew Parkhill is executive producer, co-creator, writer, director and showrunner with Emmy-award winning Hilary Bevan Jones as executive producer.
“It’s great to build on the ambitions and success of DEEP STATE. Ranging from action packed desert sequences to emotionally charged stories we get to build on season one and grow an even bigger audience with season two. I have massive admiration for Matthew Parkhill and his team of writers,” – Hilary Bevan Jones, Executive Producer with Endor Productions, a Red Arrow Studios Company
Director Joss Agnew and BAFTA-award winning producer Paul Frift have both joined the team for the second season. Rounding out the executive producing team are Walton Goggins, Alan Greenspan, and Helen Flint with Sara Johnson. Simon Maxwell is co-creator writer and executive producer whilst Parkhill heads up a writing team comprising of Chris Dunlop, Joshua St Johnson, Simon Maxwell and Steve Thompson.
Season one was the first regional scripted commission for FNG Europe & Africa. Airing in 50 countries, it doubled the primetime average audience on FOX across Europe and Africa, and was the most viewed show on EPIX, its home in the US.
“My ambition for Deep State was to create an intelligent, cinematic and political thriller; a modern-day story that reflects the turbulent times we are all living in. This year, we build on the established worlds of London and Washington from season one, and take our audience further behind the curtain of the deep state, introducing new characters and new territories – notably Mali and the epic landscape of the Sahara Desert, the land of the Tuareg people.” – Matthew Parkhill, co-creator, writer, showrunner and director
Fox Networks Group Content Distribution hold exclusive global distribution rights for the series.