When Netflix first dropped the trailer for The OA people were a little confused. What was this weird series? There hadn’t been much promo except for a controversial teaser.
The actual trailer for the supernatural show debuted the same week as the premiere – it was the very definition of cutting it close. Despite all this The OA went on to become a sleeper success, with both fans and critics.
There’s no more secrecy, with Netflix announcing it’s picked up the drama for another season. We say no secrecy. It announced it with a typically weird and mysterious teaser.
Think Twin Peaks meets Stranger Things, it’s a supernatural mystery following Prairie (Brit Marling, who created the series). Prairie went missing but suddenly returned – which is where season one began. People are still debating what the season one ending meant, but soon they’ll be more to discuss as season two is on its way.
Here’s what we know about The OA season two.
The OA release date: When is it returning?
Prairie Johnson was in a bind
The OA’s Brit Marling has tweeted that the script is written and the show is shooting – it started in January 2018. Jason Isaacs followed this up in May, saying that he’d wrapped. Marling also confirmed the San Francisco shooting was done in December, so we can maybe expect episodes soon. Fingers crossed…
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The OA season two teaser
Nothing is the same when she comes back
The teaser shows smoke as Prairie says: "Homer?" with a message in braille, meaning ‘survived’.
Then there’s Golden Gate Bridge (is that a photo?) enveloped in more smoke. More smoke, more oily looking water…and just some heavy breathing. Will we finally get to hear about Homer’s near death experience in season two?
The OA cast: Who stars in The OA?
- The OA stars Brit Marling – yes she was shot, but she’s back
- Jason Isaacs is also back
- Emory Cohen as Homer
- Sharon Van Etten – Rachel
- Riz Ahmed – FBI psychologist Elias
Season one included:
- Scott Wilson
- Jason Isaacs
- Phyllis Smith
- Patrick Gibson (who is Irish)
- Brendan Meyer
It’s unclear as to who will return.
Brit Marling in The OA
The OA plot: What is The OA about?
The series centers on Prairie Johnson, an adopted young woman who resurfaces after having been missing for seven years.
Upon her return, Johnson calls herself "The OA", exhibits scars on her back, and can see, despite having been blind when she disappeared. The OA refuses to tell the FBI and her adoptive parents where she has been and how her eyesight was restored, and instead quickly assembles a team of five locals to whom she reveals that information, also explaining her background story.
Finally, she asks for their help to save some other missing people who she claims are currently in the same situation she has described to them.
Is she telling the truth? What really happened to her? There’s plenty of questions raised, and not all are answered.
What does The OA mean?
The OA stands for The Original Angel. Prairie believes she and the others she is kidnapped with are ‘angels’.
What to expect
Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij knew what the ongoing story was going to be. There’s no uncertainty here.
"Brit and I figured out the whole thing. The whole thing’s a riddle. There are a lot of clues," Batmanglij said to Variety.
"Very few people have really picked up on all the clues. Our sound engineer picked up on a major one that kind of blew my mind. I was like, ‘That is designed for only the closest, creepiest viewer to find.’"
Who is Brit Marling?
Brit Marling was offered a job at Goldman Sachs, but turned it down to pursue acting.
She moved to LA, but after spending a few years being offered roles as the ‘cute blonde in horror movies’ she decided to write.
She worked on two projects, Another Earth and Sound of My Voice (2011).
The actress has also starred in Babylon as Liz Garvey and The East.
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They will continue to play a role as will ‘Movements’, the interpretative dance moves that can bring people back from the dead.
Marling said "The OA is our attempt at writing and making a new human language through movement, this mythology we’re inventing."
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Did she make it up?
This has been one of the main discussion points after season one aired. Her bedroom was full of books that related to things she had told her friends about her ordeal. She seems to have read up on most of the things that she referred to, like the Russian oligarchy, which she said she belonged to as well as a book on angels.
What was the FBI counsellor doing in her home?
Good question. He was helping her work through what happened to her, but hasn’t really given much away.
In the last episode of season one he cropped up at her house at night, which, let’s face it, isn’t normal behaviour.
Was he checking her story? Is he part of the problem? Does he know more?
Is French really Homer?
The fellow prisoner that Prairie is very attached to was referred to as Homer, French was the guy who discovered the books under the bed.
French looked in her mirror and saw Homer’s face though. They both have forehead scars. Is French the inspiration for Homer? Or are they one and the same?
Was her dad the gunman? Or was it Homer?
The final episode caused a whole host of feelings. Prairie was hit by a bullet by an unseen gunman. Fans have been speculating who fired the gun. Some say her father, who we haven’t seen as she’s been estranged from him. One redditor slowed down the frames and saw the shooter was blonde. Does that help? Well, so was her dad.
“It’s very quick frames, but we see the back of the head of the shooter. Blonde hair, and we also see a 1 frame shot of his eye before the bullet goes off that hits OA. His eyes are green. Now when OA told the others that she could see again, she looked at Homer and said “You’re eyes are the richest green” […] We know Homer didn’t have blonde hair, but we know her father did […]the shooter could be her father, or maybe even Homer.”
Clues we missed
"Very few people have really picked up on all the clues," Zal Batmanglij said. "Our sound engineer picked up on a major one that kind of blew my mind. I was like, ‘That is designed for only the closest, creepiest viewer to find’."
How to watch The OA?
Simple. You need Netflix to catch up on season one, and to watch season two when it’s released.