” Altered Carbon ” is an American fiction series created by Laeta Kalogridis based on the novel of the same name in English, which was written by Richard K. Morgan. The first season premiered on Netflix on February 2, 2018, and thanks to its good reception in international critics, it was renewed for a second season shortly after with several changes in its official cast and its canon history.
Now, this arrives with its second season with several changes in the series, one of them being its “new” protagonist by the hand of Anthony Mackie, a role that was originally played by Joel Kinnaman. In this case, the consciousness of Takeshi Kovacs is followed again, this time with a new body that extends his story during these new episodes.
The world of ” Altered Carbon ” is in a future cyberpunk where humans are implanted with a kind of device in their spine as babies. This works as a storage of consciousness that stores your memories and your mind and can be transferred from one body to another potentially guaranteeing eternal life.
The first season was a loyal adaptation of the first book in the Richard Morgan trilogy, following in the footsteps of Private Kovacs in this world. For part 2, the writers decided to take the liberty of combining elements of “ Broken Angels ” and “ Woken Furies ”, its sequels in the books.
Knowing that this could turn out to be detrimental to the story, considering there would be no place to adapt a possible third season, showrunner Alison Schapker caught up with The Hollywood Reporter alongside creator Laeta Kalogridis to find out what is yet to be revealed for Kovacs on the following episodes.
” When I joined Laeta Kalogridis, she already had a second season in mind,” Schapker explained to THR. “ The idea was that it was going to be an anthology, but one that also has extensive continuity, giving viewers season by season what happens with Takeshi Kovacs’ trip. The goal of Altered Carbon is that each season has a new mystery goal, a new performer and a new planet ”.
The creators of this series are considering extending the seasons of ” Altered Carbon ” indefinitely with Kovacs as its main protagonist. However, one of the main characteristics of the series is that the audience can see only one person playing the fictional character, something that this show would change with each new batch of episodes.
Faced with this doubt, Schapker commented that ” if they did their job well, ” the audience could automatically identify the consciousness of their main character regardless of the skin they inhabit. It is recalled that in an interview in 2016, Morgan commented that the long-term idea was to create at least five seasons of the television show, finding in “ Broken Angels ” and “ Woken Furies ” his main inspirations.
In the books, Takeshi passes through various bodies, and very different from each other, as he proceeds with his missions. In turn, there is a moment in which it is represented by the body of a woman, something that would be important to explore for a future season of ” Altered Carbon “.
So will there be a third season of the series? Most likely, yes, but it has not yet been officially confirmed by Netflix. Its creators, on the other hand, announced that if there would be new seasons later and, considering the great degree of production that is needed to create new worlds, part 3 may be planned from now on.
The truth is that the story of Takeshi Kovacs still has a lot to give and it is likely that Morgan himself will join the team if the series wants to extend beyond the canon books. For now, it only remains to wait for the streaming company to download and see the comments of season 2 before making a decision.
Actors And Characters Of Season 2 Of “Altered Carbon”
Anthony Mackie – Takeshi Kovacs
Simone Missick – Trepp
Dina Shihabi – Dig 301
Torben Liebrecht – Colonel Ivan Carrera
James Saito – Tanaseda Hideki
Renée Elise Goldsberry – Quellcrist Falconer
Chris Conner – Poe