Carnival Row season 2: When is it released? What happened at end of season 1? Everything you need to know

The Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne fantasy drama premieres on August 30th and Amazon Prime Video have big plans for the show.

Carnival Row is one of the most eagerly awaited new TV dramas of the summer, premiering on Amazon Prime Video on August 30th.

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Prime Video have proved how excited they are in the fantasy series by already confirmed the show will be back for a second season.

Season 2 - What we know so far

Carnival Row launch in London - Cara Delevingne poses

Filming begins in Prague for season 2 in September 2019. Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne are both back to play Philo and Vignette.

Speaking at the London premiere, Orlando Bloom said: "We start filming that next month. That is a surprise, yeah. In two weeks. It is exciting actually and that's a good news because if it wasn't good or if we didn't enjoy working on it, it would be like a prison sentence.

"It's really great that we're going back to do something that we love.

"I think the world-building is just growing and getting better. Honestly, the first season is always going to be finding its feet. From what I've read for season 2 it's really exciting."

Executive producers Travis Beacham and Marc Guggenheim have also revealed that plans for Carnival Row extend way beyond season 2.

Guggenheim told Collider: "We talked a lot about where Season 2 would go, on set, and in talking about Season 2, we’ve already outlined and talked about seasons 3 and 4.

"It gives you an opportunity to lay in these little seeds that can eventually come to fruition.

Beacham added: "We have quite a long wishlist of things that we wanna see, in future seasons. It’s just a matter of figuring out what order they happen in, really.

Season 1 ending explained *Warning Spoilers*

Orlando Bloom at the UK launch of Amazon Prime Video

The big twist revealed at the end of season one *SPOILER ALERT* was that Orlando Bloom's Philo is part fae as he joins Vignette in the Carnival Row ghetto

Exex Marc Guggenheim told Entertainment Weekly: "It's probably one of the biggest seismic changes to the show itself that happens at the end of the first season.

"And it's something that we're really going to be dealing with and dramatising in season two. And the trick for Philo is, it's not, unfortunately, as simple as him embracing the fact that he's fae. To the fae, he's not really fae. He's a half-blood. So he basically is a man without a country.

"You know, he's not human enough for the humans, but he's not fae enough for the fae. He kind of exists in this sort of status Twilight Zone. Not to mention the fact that, because of this decision, he has relinquished his badge.

"So this cloak of authority that he used to have is no longer there. So that's another thing that he'll be wrestling with in season two."

What is Carnival Row?

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Carnival Row is a series set in a Victorian fantasy world filled with mythological immigrant creatures whose exotic homelands were invaded by the empires of man.

This growing population struggles to coexist with humans - forbidden to live, love, or fly with freedom. But even in darkness, hope lives, as a human detective, Rycroft Philostrate, and a refugee faerie named Vignette Stonemoss rekindle a dangerous affair despite an increasingly intolerant society.

Vignette harbors a secret that endangers Philo’s world during his most important case yet: a string of gruesome murders threatening the uneasy peace of the Row.

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Who is in the Carnival Row cast?

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Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings) and Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad) star as the two star-crossed lovers Philo and Vignette.

Joining the lead duo are David Gyasi (Interstellar) as Agreus, a mysteriously wealthy faun who moves into an affluent human neighborhood in defiance of the social order, Karla Crome (Under the Dome) as Tourmaline, a quick-witted faerie poet driven from her war-torn homeland, Indira Varma (Game of Thrones) as Piety Breakspear, the regal and cunning matriarch of the powerful family that rules the city of The Burgue, and Tamzin Merchant (Salem) as Imogen Spurnrose, a young woman who sees in Agreus an opportunity to turn her aristocratic family's fading fortunes around.

Andrew Gower (Outlander) is Ezra Spurnrose, a neurotic son of a prosperous watchmaker, who's lately gambled his deceased father's fortune on the considerably more risky enterprise of ferrying migrant workers from the fae homelands.

Arty Froushan (Knightfall) is Jonah Breakspear, a compulsive playboy whose carousing in the brothels of Carnival Row threatens to destroy his father's political legacy.

Caroline Ford (Once Upon A Time) plays Sophie Longerbane, a ceaselessly clever and mysterious young noblewoman who's grown up sequestered away by her tyrannical father.

Finally, Jared Harris (Chernobyl, Mad Men, The Terror) plays Absalom Breakspear, the imperious and secretive Chancellor of the Burgue, besieged by political enemies from all sides.

How to watch Carnival Row on BT TV

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Watch Carnival Row season 1 on Amazon Prime Video from August 30th.

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