Carnival Row Season 2 Timeline

On 30 August 2021, it will have been exactly two years since the first season of fantasy-noir drama series Carnival Row premiered on Amazon Prime. At that point season 2 was already in pre-production, the renewal having been confirmed a month prior to the release date of season 1.

So what’s the current status of season 2, when can fans expect to see it and what else do we know?

To try to answer some of our burning questions, we’ll take a look at the production timeline of season 1 in comparison to season 2. For further information on the “Evolution of Carnival Row” from a blacklisted spec script to being devolped into an Amazon Prime series, see our post here.

  • 9 January 2015: Amazon signs a development deal ordering 3 scripts to be co-written by Guillermo del Torro, René Echevarria and Travis Beacham based on the latter’s spec script A Killing on Carnival Row.
  • 6 June 2016: The production is given a pilot order.
Cara Delevingne (Vignette) & Orlando Bloom (Philo)

Season 1

10 May 2017: Carnival Row is given a series order. Guillermo del Torro is replaced by Paul McGuigan as director, pre-production starts at Barrandov Studios in Prague

October 2017: Principal photography starts in the Czech Republic

10 November 2017: Paul McGuigan is replaced by Jon Amiel

14 March 2018: Production wraps after 108 days of filming

November 2018: Carnival Row returns to Prague for re-shoots; showrunner René Echevarria is replaced by Marc Guggenheim

20 January 2019: It’s a final wrap for Season 1

May 2019: Post-production is in its final stages

3 June 2019: Amazon announces the release date for S1

30 August 2019: S1 is released on Amazon Prime

Season 2

11 February 2019: Season 2 is in talks

27 July 2019: Season 2 is officially confirmed to be in development

25 September 2019: First day of shooting S2

12 October 2019: Travis Beacham and Marc Guggenheim leave the show, new showrunner is Eric Oleson. Production goes on hiatus.

11 November 2019: S2 resumes production

12 March 2020: The travel ban between Europe and the USA implemented as a reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic forces production to shut down

13 August 2020: Carnival Row returns to Prague for a two-week re-shoot; S2 will be split into two parts

May 2021: Principal photography is resumed in Prague and expected to run through September

9 September 2021: It’s a final wrap on S2

David Gyasi, Tamzin Merchant, Cara Delevingne, Orlando Bloom & Travis Beacham at San Diego Comic Con 2019

It seems like both seasons followed a similar production schedule and had it not been for the production hiatus following the change in showrunners, principal photography could have wrapped before the Covid-19 pandemic forced it to halt. At least parts of post-production could have been done during lockdown and S2 released in the fall of 2021.

Production could have resumed in the Czech Republic as soon as May 2020 but – with the exception of a quick re-shoot – the decision was made to wait another year, presumably to allow lead actor and executive producer Orlando Bloom time to be with his pregnant fiancée Katy Perry and (later) their newborn daughter. Instead S2 will be split in two parts with the first one being in post-production since August 2020.

When can fans expect to see the first 5 episodes of S2? Please bear in mind that the following is pure speculation at this point!

With Wheel of Time, Amazon Prime has another highly anticipated fantasy series coming out this year (rumoured to be in November 2021) and it’s not unlikely that they will team up both shows to gain more viewers for both shows. Considering that Carnival Row will only have 5 new episodes, adding it to Wheel of Time‘s 6 episodes sounds like a good idea.

The question remains which series will be the lead-in: Will we see Carnival Row or Wheel of Time first?

Only time will tell, but today’s news that actor Jamie Harris (Sergeant Dombey on Carnival Row) has been promoted to series regular might indicate that more news are to follow very soon. We are ready to see more of Andrew Gower as Ezra Spurnrose and find out what happened to his sister Imogen and her fae lover Mr Agreus!

Mr Agreus, Ezra & Imogen Spurnrose