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Apple TV+’s Severance: the Black Mirror-Succession hybrid series has just been renewed for a second season

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Apple TV+’s Severance is the slow-burning and eerie Black Mirror-style drama we’ve been obsessed with – and it’s been renewed for a second season.

If you’re a fan of the dark, twisted themes of Black Mirror, chances are you’re pining for your next dystopian drama fix.

Well, Apple TV+ has granted our every series wish. As well as conspiracy dramas, thrillers and returning favourites, Apple TV+ has most recently brought us a Black Mirror-Succession hybrid in the form of Severance.

The Ben Stiller-directed (and produced) drama definitely struck us as eerie-looking from its trailer but upon watching the series, it really does throw everything we thought we knew about work-life balance up into the air. 

The drama revolves around Lumon Industries, a sprawling business that’s set up in a small town with many of its inhabitants working for the cult-like company. Mark (Big Little Lies’ Adam Scott) is the new office leader who seems devoted to his job but when his best friend, Petey (Russian Doll’s Yul Vazquez), mysteriously vanishes from the company, he’s left to fill in the blanks of what happened.

That’s a lot harder than you’d think in this series, though. Especially because anybody who works in Mark’s division at Lumon undergoes the “severance procedure” which, essentially, is a lobotomy. The process is to ensure none of the company’s secrets ever leave the workplace but, on a more personal level, the employees never get to remember anything about their personal lives. 

Their bodies may leave the office to go home but they never have any recollection of doing so. Instead, they’re stuck in this void of pondering, hoping and growing used to a life dedicated to work.

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Severance is now available to stream on Apple TV+.

It’s a fitting series to watch given the current climate where “hustle culture” and burnout seem to be the catchphrases that dominate conversations around work and money. Obviously, Severance is an extreme representation of never switching off from work but its addictive nature – and why we can’t stop watching – is precisely because it’s so close to reality.

It may be a slow burn of a series but its lingering moments force you to pause and analyse just how close this dystopian series actually is to our everyday. Is the series’ extremity measures – having your memories surgically divided between work and personal life – just symbolic of everyone’s real-life lack of work-life balance

And it looks like fans of the show have finally had their TV prayers answered after the tense finale aired on 8 April. Severance season two has now been confirmed and speaking about the future of the show, Stiller said:

“It’s really exciting to see the response from people who are loving the show – and the level of fan engagement.”

“It has been a long road bringing Severance to television. I first read Dan’s pilot over five years ago. It has always been a multi-season story, and I’m really happy we get to continue it. I’m grateful to our partners at Apple TV+ who have been behind it the whole way. Praise Keir!”

But don’t just take our word for the suspenseful finale. Fans have been quick to praise the final episode of the drama’s first series:

Still yet to watch it for yourself? Here’s everything you need to know about Severance.

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Apple TV+'s Severance has just been renewed for a second season.

What is the plot of Severance?

Workplace dramas may not seem like the most enthralling thing to watch – when you’ve clocked out for the day, the last thing you want to escape into is a series about work, right? But trust us, you’ll want to stick Severance at the top of your watchlist.

The synopsis reads: “Mark leads a team of office workers whose memories have been surgically divided between their work and personal lives. When a mysterious colleague appears outside of work, it begins a journey to discover the truth about their jobs.”

The daring “severance procedure” quite literally severs the ties between work and personal life for the workers of Lumon Industries. It’s an intriguing concept and one we’re sure will result in an addictive series that will be full of mystery, drama and uncovered truths. 

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Adam Scott stars as Mark Scout in the new Apple TV+ series Severance.

Who will star in Severance?

Leading the Lumon team is Mark Scout, who is played by Adam Scott (Parks And Recreation, Big Little Lies).

Severance’s cast includes Patricia Arquette (Medium, The Act), John Turturro (The Big Lebowski), Britt Lower (Unforgettable), Zach Cherry (Succession) and Dichen Lachman (Dollhouse). 

Jen Tullock (Before You Know It), Tramell Tillman (Elementary), Michael Chernus (Orange Is The New Black) and Christopher Walken (Pulp Fiction) also complete the cast.

The series is created by Dan Erickson and is also directed and executive produced by Ben Stiller. 

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Adam Scott leads the cast of Apple TV+'s Severance as Mark.

Is there a trailer for Severance?

There most certainly is and you’re in for an eerie ride with this one. It starts off with Mark stating:

“I give consent to sever my memories between my work life and my personal life. I acknowledge that once the procedure is complete, I will be unable to access my personal memories whilst on the severed floor. Nor will I retain work memories when I return home at the end of the day.”

He adds: “I make these statements freely.”

The mystery of it all notches up a little once Mark is called out of the small, shared office space. He’s informed that one of his co-workers, Petey, “is no longer with this company”. 

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Adam Scott and Jen Tullock in Severance, now streaming on Apple TV+.

“I’m sorry Mark, you guys were one of my favourite office friendships,” says one of his bosses.

But Mark’s confused – “What happened?” he asks but the NDA he signed prevents him from ever knowing. Later on in the trailer, a more casual Mark is approached in a diner by a dishevelled stranger who turns out to be Petey.

“Nothing is what they say,” Petey reveals and as montages of the two former best friends flash up, you get the feeling that not everything is as it seems. Petey ominously continues: “If you want to know what’s going on down there, you’ll find the beginning of a very long answer.”

As Mark asks the question of “What is it that we actually do here?”, one thing’s clear from the trailer – you won’t be able to guess where this wild series will turn.

Watch the trailer here: 

When and where will Severance be available to watch?

Severance is available to stream now on Apple TV+.

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