The 'Fallout' TV Series Is Such a Smash That Prime Video Has Already Renewed It for Season Two

After becoming the platform's most-watched season of TV since its 'Lord of the Rings' series, this video game-to-streaming adaptation will return.
Sarah Ward
Published on April 19, 2024

Get a video game-to-television adaptation right and viewers will come flocking. It worked for The Last of Us in 2023. It's now proving the case for Fallout, too. In fact, Prime Video's initial take on the button-mashing favourite has become the streaming platform's most-watched season of TV since its The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power's first season, as well as one of its top three most-watched titles of all time so far. Accordingly, it's no surprise that Fallout has just been renewed for a second trip to the wasteland.

Debuting its initial eight episodes on Thursday, April 11 Down Under, Fallout takes its cues from the games that first hit computers back in 1997, with three released sequels, a fourth on the way and seven spinoffs all following. The live-action television iteration stars Ella Purnell (Yellowjackets) as Lucy, a lifelong vault-dweller who leaves her cosy underground digs to navigate the irradiated wasteland that earth has remained for two centuries after the nuclear apocalypse. Crossing her path: bounty hunter The Ghoul (Walton Goggins, I'm a Virgo), who has ties to life before the devastation; and Maximus (Aaron Moten, Emancipation), an aspiring soldier with the Brotherhood of Steel, who don giant robotic suits.

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In this nightmarish future, a hellscape filled with mutants, wild west vibes and plenty of violence awaits beyond the bunker that the optimistic Lucy, daughter of Hank (Kyle MacLachlan, Lucky Hank), who oversees Vault 33, has always called home. Bringing the chaos to life is a behind-the-scenes team featuring Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, as well as Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Captain Marvel) and Graham Wagner (Silicon Valley) as writers and co-showrunners. And yes, Bethesda Game Studios has a hand in it as well.

There's no word as to when the retrofuturistic dystopian smash will return for season two, but its first season ended with plenty of questions and routes forward — aka, much for fans who've been hooked on the show, whether or nor you played the games first, to get excited about.

"Jonah, Lisa, Geneva and Graham have captivated the world with this groundbreaking wild ride of a show. The bar was high for lovers of this iconic video game and so far we seem to have exceeded their expectations, while bringing in millions of new fans to the franchise. The cast led by Ella Purnell, Aaron Moten, Walton Goggins and Kyle MacLachlan have knocked it out of the park," said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon MGM Studios, announcing that Fallout will return.

"We'd like to thank Jonah and Lisa, and our friends at Bethesda, for bringing the show to us, as well as Geneva and Graham for coming aboard as showrunners. We are thrilled to announce season two after only one week out and take viewers even farther into the surreal world of Fallout."

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"Praise be to our insanely brilliant showrunners Geneva and Graham, to our kick-ass cast, to Todd and James and all the legends at Bethesda, and to Jen, Vernon and the amazing team at Amazon for their incredible support of this show. We can't wait to blow up the world all over again," said Nolan and Joy.

"Holy shit. Thank you to Jonah, Kilter, Bethesda and Amazon for having the courage to make a show that gravely tackles all of society's most serious problems these days — cannibalism, incest, jello cake. More to come!" added Robertson-Dworet and Wagner.

Check out the full trailer for Fallout below:

Fallout streams via Prime Video. Season two doesn't yet have a release date — we'll update you when one is announced. Read our review of season one, and our interview with Walton Goggins, Ella Purnell and Aaron Moten.

Images: courtesy of Prime Video.

Published on April 19, 2024 by Sarah Ward
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