The Purge season 2 is officially happening on USA Network, and even though season 1 wrapped up nicely, there's a lot more potential for the TV show to continue either with the same cast or a new one next year. After garnering the attention of the general public thanks to movies such as Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and Sinister in the late 2000s and early 2010s, Blumhouse Productions found overwhelming success with The Purge in 2013, which is now one of their biggest movie franchises.
Ever since the first Purge movie released five years ago, starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Heady, Blumhouse has produced three sequels - in 2014, 2016, and 2018 - along with a TV show that's supposed to be set in the year 2024, which is 10 years after The First Purge but between the events of The Purge Anarchy and The Purge: Election Year. It was conceived as a way to show how the annual Purge can affect and bring certain people together over the course of one night, as well as expand upon the story told in the 2018 movie.
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While The Purge season 1 wasn't particularly well-received by audiences or critics, the TV show managed to maintain its ratings and approximately 1-2 million viewers per episode. Given how well-managed Blumhouse is, as well as The Purge airing on a cable network instead of broadcast (such as Universal's NBC), it makes sense that it was successful enough to warrant a second season.
The Purge Has Been Renewed For Season 2
Ahead of The Purge season 1 finale on the night of the U.S. midterm elections on November 6, USA Network announced that they had renewed The Purge for season 2. NBCUniversal executive Chris McCumber expressed enthusiasm for continuing the story in a press release, which seemed like a no-brainer considering that the new series powered through the ratings, besting other shows like The Sinner and Queen of the South, and even staples like Suits.
While the annual Purge takes place over 12 hours in-universe, The Purge TV show only contained 10 episodes, which also took place before the Purge's commencement as well as shortly after it ended. Perhaps USA Network will consider upping the episode count for The Purge season 2 when it returns next year.
When Will The Purge Season 2 Premiere?
There's no premiere date for The Purge season 2 as of yet, though it stands to reason that it will debut sometime in fall 2019, just as The Purge season 1 premiered in September 2018. This would be a good way to get general audiences interested in seeing The Purge TV show on an annual basis. If Blumhouse TV and USA Network plan on airing The Purge season 2 in September 2019, then they'll have to enter production latest by May 2019.
What Could The Purge Season 2 Be About?
Given the fundamental nature of The Purge franchise taking place over the course of one night, there are limitless opportunities and stories for Blumhouse TV and USA Network to tell. While no story details for The Purge season 2 have been revealed at this time, the way season 1 ended, there's a particular direction the franchise can go in next. It's possible The Purge season 2 can bring back at least three of the surviving characters - Miguel and Penelope Guerrero, as well as Pete the Cop - and follow their attempt to fight back against the Purge one year after The Purge season 1.
Another possibility is that The Purge season 2 can take place a few years in the future and see the annual event implemented in Europe. The idea was teased in a news broadcast during The Purge season 1 finale, so it's possible that extending the practice outside of the United States is a way to continue the franchise. After all, it was previously revealed in The Purge movies that people travel to the United States to participate in it already.