Marvel and Disney Plus don't have a monopoly on epic TV series inspired by comic books. Sweet Tooth season 2 is now one of the most eagerly anticipated shows on Netflix, after its debut season followed in Stranger Things' footsteps by exploding out of nowhere to become a massive hit.
Continuing the streaming platform’s big-budget adaptation of Jeff Lemire's post-apocalyptic Vertigo comic, Sweet Tooth season 2 will take us back to a dangerous world still reeling from the aftermath of the so-called “Great Crumble” – the fall of civilization, caused by a global pandemic known simply as “the Sick”.
At the center of the story is Gus (Christian Convery), a young boy with the antlers and ears of a deer, and the sweet tooth of the title. As one of a new breed of human/animal Hybrids, he may (or may not) be connected to the fatal virus that's wiped out much of the world's population.
But Gus and his unlikely companion Tommy 'Big Man' Jepperd have plenty more to worry about than the causes of a pandemic, as the “General” and his Last Men militia are on a mission to hunt down – and even murder – Hybrid kids.
Spoilers follow for season 1 as we tell you about the cast, story and everything else you need to know about Sweet Tooth, one of the best Netflix TV shows.
Release date: Cameras only started rolling on Sweet Tooth season 2 in January 2022, so there's likely a long wait ahead. Based on the timeframe of other Netflix shows, we wouldn't expect a Sweet Tooth season 2 release date until late 2022 or 2023.
Cast: With no major departures or deaths in the season 1 finale, we largely expect the cast to stay the same – with Christian Convery and Nonso Anozie at the story's core as Gus and Tommy 'Big Man' Jepperd.
Story: "Will Jep and Aimee save the Hybrids?" the Sweet Tooth season 2 announcement video asks. "Will Gus and his mom reunite?" These are likely to be the key story threads picked up when the show returns – but scroll down for much more on that.
Sweet Tooth season 2 release date
Sweet Tooth season 2 release date: possibly late 2022 or early 2023
Sweet Tooth's renewal isn't a massive surprise. Not only did the show shoot straight to the top of the Netflix charts, the streamer also confirmed (via Deadline (opens in new tab)) that the show has been watched by more than 60 million member households since it launched – securing it a spot high on the list of Netflix's most-watched English-language original series. (It's keeping good company alongside The Queen's Gambit, Bridgerton, and The Witcher – though they're all a long way behind the all-conquering Squid Game.)
The streamer confirmed Sweet Tooth season 2 was happening less than 2 months after the show's debut – via a July 29 video announcement that plays on its lead character’s love of candy:
Sweet Tooth is officially coming back for Season 2!! pic.twitter.com/iVQ7QenxoFJuly 29, 2021
Don't expect to see the show’s return any time soon, however – an Instagram post from star Christian Convery implies that the cast went back to work in January 2022.
Seeing as Netflix typically leaves around 18 months between seasons of its flagship shows – and given the epic scale of the production – we predict the Sweet Tooth season 2 release date will be some time in late 2022 or early 2023.
We don’t expect Covid-19 to add additional delays, seeing as the whole of season 1 – bar the pilot episode shot in 2019 – was filmed in New Zealand during the pandemic.
Sweet Tooth season 2 cast
Sweet Tooth season 2 cast: who’ll be heading back to the Great Crumble?
While it's yet to be officially confirmed, we expect the Sweet Tooth season 2 cast to look like this:
- Nonso Anozie as Tommy Jepperd/Big Man
- Christian Convery as Gus/Sweet Tooth
- Adeel Akhtar as Dr Aditya Singh
- Aliza Vellani as Rani Singh
- Stefania LaVie Owen as Bear/Rebecca Walker
- Dania Ramirez as Aimee Eden
- Neil Sandilands as General Douglas Abbot (aka the General)
- Naledi Murray as Wendy
- Will Forte as Pubba
- Amy Seimetz as Birdie
- James Brolin as the Narrator
The season 1 finale did little to suggest there’ll be major changes in the Sweet Tooth cast second time out. In fact, with no major character departures or deaths, we’d be surprised if anyone we’ve come to know over the show’s first eight-episode run failed to return.
We'd therefore expect the key figures in the Sweet Tooth season 2 cast to remain Christian Convery as Gus (the eponymous Sweet Tooth), and Nonso Anozie as his ex-footballer guardian Tommy Jepperd (known as ‘Big Man’).
We should also see more from Adeel Akhtar as Aditya Singh, the doctor desperately trying to save his wife, Rani (Aliza Vellani), from the Sick; Stefania LaVie Owen as former Animal Army commander Bear; and Dania Ramirez as Aimee Eden, protector of Wendy (Naledi Murray) and other Hybrids at the so-called Preserve. And it seems likely that Neil Sandilands will continue to terrorize Hybrids and humans alike, as the General, authoritarian leader of the Last Men.
It'll also be a surprise if Will Forte doesn’t return to the Sweet Tooth season 2 cast (in flashback) as Gus’s late “Pubba”, while the season 1 finale strongly hinted that Amy Seimetz will have a big part to play as Gus’s ‘mother’ – or, more accurately, creator – Birdie.
Sweet Tooth wouldn’t be Sweet Tooth without that avuncular voiceover from narrator James Brolin.
As for new characters, What's on Netflix (opens in new tab) reported in August 2021 that the production was planning to add four new Hybrid kids (around 10 years old) to the cast: Finn Fox, Wally Walrus, Haley Mockingbird and JoJo Cat.
And a casting call went out in New Zealand (opens in new tab) a few weeks later announcing that the show was looking for "talented kids who may be deaf, hearing impaired HOH and kids versed in NZSL Sign Language”, to work on a shoot running “between January-June 2022”.
There's also been plenty of speculation about whether the show's most famous producer, Robert Downey Jr, might join the Sweet Tooth season 2 cast – and who he could play if he ever decides to step in front of the camera.
“I think if our trio in the film became kind of a foursome and he just joined our band along the way and kind of helped us, and maybe helped us along the way in some way...” Anozie told ComicBook.com (opens in new tab) when asked who Downey could play. “I think a character that maybe didn't appear in the comic book, that he could actually come along and play. I actually think he would have made an interesting General Abbot as well, but I feel like Neil Sandilands has done such a great job in that. But if he was to come on, I think he'd have to join our gang, for sure.”
Sweet Tooth season 2 trailer
Sweet Tooth season 2 trailer: is there one?
Seeing as the show has only just started shooting, it’s a little premature to be talking about a Sweet Tooth season 2 trailer.
The closest we've got so far is a brief Q&A with the show's young star, Christian Convery, at the DC FanDome online event in October 2021. It says little about the new season, but there's a few nuggets about the making of the show – including the revelation that his deer ears are remote-controlled.
We’d expect to see a full Sweet Tooth season 2 trailer around a month or two before the show returns.
Sweet Tooth season 2 story
Sweet Tooth season 2 story: what can we expect from the plot?
While the show is based on Jeff Lemire’s comic book series, the source material might not offer that many clues about what to expect from the Sweet Tooth season 2 story. Lemire’s story is much darker and more violent than the more family-oriented TV series, which makes some major changes from the page.
“The ambition was to create it for a family audience,” producer Susan Downey told Variety (opens in new tab). “We want the whole family to be able to watch together. We talked to Jeff Lemire about how Gus is our true north and how his journey and his relationship to Jep and this interesting cast of characters and challenges they meet along the way are what’s important. That’s when we brought [co-showrunner/director] Jim Mickle on and we talked about creating this storybook or fairytale dystopia — this idea that if there was a drastic reduction in population, nature would take over again and it would be green and lush. We all felt confident, and Jeff gave us the blessing that we were keeping what was important to the storytelling and putting it in a more palatable environment.”
Beyond the shift in tone – “You can do different things with comics and with drawings that, if you were to do on screen, it would be beyond shocking,” Lemire pointed out to the Express (opens in new tab) – changes range from the minor (Jepperd was an ice hockey player in the comic, rather than a football star) to the fundamental (the characters of Bear and Aimee didn’t exist before the TV show). Other differences in Lemire’s comic include Jepperd handing Gus over to the Last Men, and the Animal Army being a group of adult fanatics, rather than the teen freedom fighters seen on TV.
But with the closing episode of season 1 leaving all of its ongoing storylines unresolved, Sweet Tooth was clearly never created as a one-off. “We definitely broke season 1 with the hope of future seasons,” co-showrunner Beth Schwartz confirmed to RadioTimes.com (opens in new tab).
We expect the Sweet Tooth season 2 story to pick up exactly where its predecessor left off, especially as the story is starting to bring its key players together, with Gus meeting the other Hybrid children, Tommy Jepperd being nursed to health by Aimee Eden, Dr Aditya Singh being forced to work for the General, and Bear making contact with Gus’s creator, Birdie, at an Alaskan research station.
It also seems unlikely that Covid-19 will alter any plans about the portrayal of the Sweet Tooth’s fictional, pinky-twitching pandemic – after all, season 1 was filmed when much of the world was living under lockdown. In fact, Schwartz says real-life has been an inspiration on the show in some ways.
“In a way, [the pandemic] helped us…” she admitted to RadioTimes.com (opens in new tab). “We didn’t have to go too deep into explaining to our audience, ‘This is the pandemic. This is what happened.’ We could do it with simple nods, like the hand sanitizer, or the ‘6-feet apart’ sign that everyone kind of understood.”
Sweet Tooth season 2: questions that needs answers
What questions does Sweet Tooth season 2 need to answer?
There are so many questions the show needs to answer in season 2.
Most importantly, we need to find out why Birdie created human/deer Hybrid Gus (short for Genetic Unit Series 1), if/how his existence led to the birth of all of the other Hybrids, and if they’re connected to the Sick that has killed millions of people around the world.
With a cure for the disease also likely to be a key storyline, it would be good to know how close Dr Gladys Bell got to finding a cure – and how far Dr Aditya Singh is prepared to go to save his infected wife, Rani. Will he sacrifice Hybrid lives, or will his meeting with Gus change his outlook on the endeavor – even if it means attracting the wrath of the General?
Other questions on the need-to-know list include the reasons for Birdie’s trip to Alaska (is she working on a cure for the Sick of her own?), why those hallucinogenic purple flowers appear where people are infected, and whether Bear/Rebecca will be reunited with her Hybrid sister, Wendy.
We’re also expecting flashbacks to show us more about Gus’s early days, and to fill in the gaps between the birth of Jepperd’s Hybrid child and his first encounter with Gus – presumably explaining his decisions to join, and subsequently leave, the Last Men.
“I spoke to Jim Mickle, the director, about the character arc and where Tommy’s going to go in relation to some of [the flashbacks],” star Nonso Anozie teased in an interview with the Express (opens in new tab). “Some of it is going to be directly from the comic and some of it is going to be stuff that suits our audiences and suits the characters of the Sweet Tooth retelling.”
And who knows, maybe Big Man will even get to try out the “pass the ball” game Gus used to play with his Pubba…
Sweet Tooth season 1 is available to stream on Netflix now.