Netflix's 'The Diplomat' Will Reenter Negotiations With Season 2

Keri Russell as Kate Wyler, Rufus Sewell as Hal Wyler in 'The Diplomat'

Keri Russell as Kate Wyler, Rufus Sewell as Hal Wyler in 'The Diplomat'

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Less than two weeks after its premiere, Netflix has renewed its popular political drama The Diplomat for a second season. 

The contemporary political drama stars award-winning actress Keri Russell (The Americans) as Kate Wyler, the newly appointed U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom, who must immediately handle an international crisis, navigate the duties of a job she didn't really want (Kate was originally meant to be posted to Afghanistan), and deal with the problems her new post is causing in her marriage to Hal (Rufus Sewell), a fellow well known diplomatic negotiator in his own right. 

The Diplomat debuted at the top of Netflix's weekly global Top 10 TV English list. In its first weekend on the platform, the series logged over 57 million hours viewed and appeared in the Top 10 in 86 countries. 

“Fans around the world are loving every minute of The Diplomat's gripping and propulsive drama, and embracing Keri Russell’s powerful performance as Kate Wyler,” Netflix's Vice President of Drama Series, Jinny Howe said in a statement. “After that jaw-dropping cliffhanger, we can’t wait for them to see what the amazing visionary team of Debora Cahn, Janice Williams, and Keri Russell have in store for Season 2.”

The Diplomat's twisty first season ended on a shocking cliffhanger, the sort of revelation that its second will undoubtedly spend a significant amount of time unpacking. But as long as we get more of Russell and Sewell sharing scenes together, whatever happens, this will be a story worth untangling. 

Keri Russell in "The Diplomat"

Keri Russell in "The Diplomat"

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"We had such a great time making The Diplomat," series creator Debora Cahn told Netflix's "And it’s a thrill to see how much people are enjoying it. We’re so glad we get to do it again.”

The series' ensemble cast also features David Gyasi (Carnival Row), Ali Ahn (Raising Dion), Rory Kinnear (Ridley Road), and Ato Essandoh (Away). Season 1 guest stars included Celia Imrie (Better Things), Michael McKean (Better Call Saul), Nana Mensah (The Chair), T’Nia Miller (Years and Years), and Miguel Sandoval (Sharp Objects). 

“I am thrilled to be headed back for another round of this smart screwball show," added Russell, who also co-produces the series. "Dare I say it’s fun? Thank you Netflix for giving us another shot.” 

There's no word yet on when we might expect to see the series' second season on our screens. But Season 1 of The Diplomat is currently streaming on Netflix. 

Lacy Baugher

Lacy's love of British TV is embarrassingly extensive, but primarily centers around evangelizing all things Doctor Who, and watching as many period dramas as possible.

Digital media type by day, she also has a fairly useless degree in British medieval literature, and dearly loves to talk about dream poetry, liminality, and the medieval religious vision. (Sadly, that opportunity presents itself very infrequently.) York apologist, Ninth Doctor enthusiast, and unabashed Ravenclaw. Say hi on Threads or Blue Sky at @LacyMB. 

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