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‘The Bear’ Is Back for Season 2, Chef!

That's fire, Chef!

Key art for 'The Bear' featuring the cast of the FX drama series, led by Jeremy Allen White, Ayo Edebiri, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach

For some reason, I waited an entire six months after its initial release to watch The Bear. After I finally started it, I binged the eight episodes of season one over two nights. Like going to a wonderful restaurant, I was full but couldn’t wait to visit it again soon. The series follows Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White), who was an award-winning chef in one of the best restaurants in the world before returning to Chicago to run his brother’s failing Italian beef sandwich shop. Not only is Carmy dealing with the struggling restaurant and its crew, but he’s also grieving for his brother and battling his own trauma.

The mix of drama, the stress of working in food service, and the endearing characters set this fantastic show apart from the pack. Luckily, FX announced on Twitter that a second season of the comedy-drama is coming soon. Here’s everything we know so far about season 2 of The Bear.

When is the second season coming out?

Season 2 is coming out sooner than I expected. FX tweeted that season 2 will premiere in early summer, about a year after season 1 debuted. That’s some great turnaround, Chef. Plus, FX announced there will be 10 episodes for season 2. Yes, that is a two-episode increase from the last season! That means even more time hanging out in Chicago at our new favorite (and chaotic) restaurant.

Who is returning?

Right now it looks like the main restaurant staff will be back. We will see more of Carmy, Richie a.k.a. Cousin (Ebon Moss-Bachrach), Sydney (Ayo Edebiri), Marcus (Lionel Boyce), Tina (Liza Colón-Zayas), and Ebraheim (Edwin Lee Gibson). Carmy’s sister Sugar (Abby Elliott) will also return. No word yet if there will be more flashback scenes of Carmy’s deceased brother Michael, but I hope we get one or two more because the surprise appearance of Jon Bernthal was delightful.

Where did season 1 leave us?

At the end of season 1, things were looking up after a series of major ups and downs. Carmy had finally started to process his grief, his anger toward his brother, and his trauma from working under a terrible boss at a prestigious restaurant. After Carmy blew up at Sydney, the two reconciled, making everyone happy (although Carmy still needs to work on that). In an Arrested Development “There’s always money in the banana stand” twist, Carmy found $300k his brother hid in resealed tomato sauce cans. The last moments showed Carmy putting up a sign in the window thanking customers for enjoying The Beef restaurant while announcing that they would be closing. Soon, they would reopen as The Bear.

What is the plot of season 2?

Carmy and Sydney have a dream of how they can turn their current restaurant space into a mix of a sandwich counter and a fine dining experience. Finding $300k could definitely set them up to achieve that kind of dream. But will they use the money to pay back the loan from Uncle Jimmy, or will they revamp the restaurant? Either way, we know a new restaurant is coming. Even in a perfect world, there is a lot of stress and drama when opening a new business. It will be interesting to see how Carmy and Sydney make The Bear a reality and how dynamics among the crew may change in the new restaurant environment. I also want to see more of Marcus’s wholesome donut obsession. I wish only the best for this family.

(featured image: FX / Hulu)

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D.R. Medlen is secretly a selkie that will one day return to the sea. In the meantime, she spends her days fangirling over anything from comic books to folklore podcasts, and everything in between. She lives that hobbitcore life while teaching her offspring the ways of the nerd.