Raised by Wolves S2 trailer promises another wild, crazy (possibly maddening) ride

Amanda Collin returns as Mother in the second season of the HBO original series raised by wolves.

We finally have the full trailer for the second season of raised by wolves, the visually stunning and occasionally frustrating sci-fi series created by Aaron Guzikowski, with Ridley Scott serving as executive producer. The series returns to HBO Max on February 3.

(Spoilers for S1 below.)

As I have written before, the series involves two androids serving as Mother (Amanda Collin) and Father (Abubakar Salim) figures on a strange virgin planet, Kepler-22b (a real observed extrasolar planet), after Earth has been destroyed by the outbreak of a religious war. They are programmed to incubate, give birth and raise human children in order to rebuild the population and establish an atheist civilization to prevent the human race from becoming extinct.

The first sneak peek was released last month and left us with mixed feelings. As I observed at the time:

On the one hand, once again the visuals are amazing and we are delighted that the surprisingly androgynous Danish actress amanda colin returns to star as Mother. His extraordinary performance anchored the first season’s narrative arc and creepy, otherworldly vibe, and that same brooding, moody vibe is present in the trailer. On the other hand, we were seriously disappointed with the ending of S1, which has shaken our confidence that S2 will bounce back from that fiasco to become the genuinely original and visionary series it initially promised to be.

Enlarge / The mother (Amanda Collin) and father (Abubakar Salim) fear that they are becoming too human.

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S1 wasn’t to everyone’s taste, but I found it atmospheric and weird in interesting ways, until that ending. The mother became pregnant after having virtual sex with her virtual reality creator, “downloading” the required information. Except instead of giving birth to a baby as expected, Mother literally spewed out a creepy flying alien snake (FASS). In my review, I called it “a jarring, over-the-top ploy that just wasn’t enough for the viewer and clashed mightily with the original setting.” And just as we feared, FASS seems to play a big role in S2.

According to the official synopsis:

Android partners Mother (Amanda Collin) and Father (Abubakar Salim), along with their brood of six human children, join a newly formed atheist colony in the mysterious tropical zone of Kepler 22b. But navigating this strange new society is only the beginning of her troubles, as Mother’s “natural child” threatens to drive what little remains of the human race to extinction.

As the trailer opens, Mother and Father have moved with their children to the atheist colony on the other side of the planet, which seems much more hospitable to their well-being than their original settlement. We get hints at the planet’s still-hidden mysteries in the form of a desiccated alien body, as well as a strange skeleton, and we get scenes of what appears to be a gladiator-style combat arena. Meanwhile, Marcus (Travis Fimmel) has become an ardent devotee of Sol and intends to convert the children to his way of thinking. “To be worthy of Sol’s love, children, all you need is faith,” he tells them at one point. “And that’s something this robot can never take away from us.”

Mother and father are much more than mere robots, of course, even fearing that they are becoming a bit too humans the more time they spend on the planet with their offspring. The mother’s more violent nature will still have a chance to emerge, including her signature sonic scream that reduces human bodies to so much gore. Overall, we remain hopeful that S2 will be a solid experience. But maybe that’s because the FASS remains largely absent from the trailer, aside from a brief glimpse as it curls ominously around a tree, evoking some strong Garden of Eden vibes.

The second season of raised by wolves debuts on HBO Max on February 3, 2022.

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