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This Trailer Means Joy: Your First Glimpse at 'Our Flag Means Death' Season Two Is Here

Rhys Darby and Taika Waititi's swashbuckling comedy is back on the streaming seas again — this time with Minnie Driver and 'Deadloch' favourite Madeleine Sami.
By Sarah Ward
August 31, 2023
By Sarah Ward
August 31, 2023

2022 was a glorious year for Taika Waititi, and for the writer/director/actor/comedian's fans. He was the subject of the Archibald's Packing Room Prize-winner, with his likeness becoming an award-worthy piece of art. He had that little Marvel movie Thor: Love and Thunder hit cinemas. Another season of Reservation Dogs, which he produces, arrived. Oh, and he went and co-starred in one of the best new TV shows of the year, Our Flag Means Death. Also, that swashbuckling comedy was renewed for a second run.

2023 is looking mighty fine for Waititi as well, and also beginning of 2024. Reservation Dogs is back for its final season. Big-screen soccer comedy Next Goal Wins, which he directed and pops up in, is on its way. And, so is that second sailing for Our Flag Means Death — complete with a just-dropped trailer.

No, Taika's stint playing a pirate isn't over yet, in supremely welcome news for everyone who cruised through Our Flag Means Death's first season. His latest collaboration with fellow New Zealand comedian Rhys Darby (after also working together on Flight of the Conchords, What We Do in the Shadows, Wellington Paranormal and Hunt for the Wilderpeople), it satirises the buccaneering times of the 18th century. As its first season unfurled, Our Flag Means Death also proved to be a sweet and warmhearted romance, as well as essential viewing.

HBO clearly agreed, greenlighting the show's second season for its streaming service Max. Now, that next run has a first sneak peek, and a Thursday, October 5 release date in the US. Fingers crossed that Binge in Australia and in Neon in New Zealand drop new episodes at the same time.

Spanning eight episodes, season two will pick up where its predecessor left off. If you haven't hopped aboard already, Our Flag Means Death stars Darby stars as Stede Bonnet, a self-styled 'gentleman pirate', a great approximation of Flight of the Conchords' Murray if he'd existed centuries earlier, and a man determined to bring a bit of kindness and elegancy to the whole swashbuckling game. He's based on an IRL figure, who abandoned his cosy life for a seafaring existence. The show is a loose adaptation of Bonnet's tale, though.

As for Waititi, he dons leather, dark hues aplenty, an air of bloodthirsty melancholy and a head of greying hair as Edward Teach — the marauder better known to the world as Blackbeard. While the famed pirate seems like Stede's exact opposite, disproving that is a big part of the show's narrative. After sparks flew, then season one came to a memorable end, season two will follow what happens for Stede and Edward next.

Also featuring among Our Flag Means Death's cast: Samson Kayo (Bloods), Vico Ortiz (The Sex Lives of College Girls), Ewen Bremner (Creation Stories), Joel Fry (Bank of Dave), Matthew Maher (Hello Tomorrow!), Kristian Nairn (Game of Thrones), Con O'Neill (The Batman), David Fane (The Messenger), Samba Schutte (Forspoken), Nat Faxon (Loot) and Leslie Jones (BMF), all returning from season one.

This time around, they'll be joined by a heap of new recurring guest stars in Ruibo Qian (Servant), Madeleine Sami (Deadloch), Anapela Polataivao (The Justice of Bunny King) and Erroll Shand (The Clearing), plus Minnie Driver (Chevalier) and Bronson Pinchot (The Mysterious Benedict Society) as guest stars.

Check out the teaser trailer for Our Flag Means Death season two below:

Our Flag Means Death will return for season two in the US on Thursday, October 5 — we'll update you with Australian (via Binge) and New Zealand (via Neon) dates when they're announced. Read our review of season one.

Images: Nicola Dove/ HBO Max.

Published on August 31, 2023 by Sarah Ward
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