Fallout showrunners are trying to get season 2 out as "fast as humanly possible"

Fallout showrunners Graham Wagner and Geneva Robertson-Dworet are already hard at work writing season 2, with an eye toward getting it to fans as quickly as they can.
Ella Purnell (Lucy) in Fallout. Credit: JoJo Whilden/Prime Video © 2024 Amazon Content Services LLC
Ella Purnell (Lucy) in Fallout. Credit: JoJo Whilden/Prime Video © 2024 Amazon Content Services LLC /

It's been a few months now since Fallout premiered on Amazon Prime Video and knocked our socks off with its witty, bloody, irreverent take on the post-apocalypse, and we're still chomping at the bit for news about season 2. Fallout was a huge hit, garnering the second-best premiere ratings ever for the streaming service (behind only The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power) and becoming one of the most-watched original series in the history of Prime Video. It was renewed for a second season barely a week after it dropped, which is very fast in our current media landscape.

Considering that Fallout's first season ended on a few rather large cliffhangers, we're all wondering how long it'll be until we get to see what's next for Vault Dweller Lucy (Ella Purnell), Brotherhood of Steel Knight Maximus (Aaron Moten) and cynical wasteland wanderer the Ghoul (Walton Goggins). We don't have an exact date yet, but during a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, showrunners Graham Wagner and Geneva Robertson-Dworet reassured fans that they're working "as fast as humanly possible" on the show's sophomore season — and that it's primed to come together much quicker than season 1.

"The internet has an interesting habit of making non-binding statements binding, so I’m hesitant to give a date that will be taken out of context and live on Reddit for a year or so," Wagner demurred when asked about a release date. "But we are going as fast as we possibly can, and we’ve got a lot of heavy lifting from Season 1 already done. We have sets, assets, visual effects, that are already done. We are hitting the ground running this season. We’re going to be pedal to the metal to get season two out as fast as humanly possible."

"And there are so many things we wanted to do in Season 1 where we were like, 'That would be amazing, let’s do that in Season 2,'" Robertson-Dworet added. "So it feels like we’re so much farther along and it’s honestly really exciting and we’re just really grateful to have the opportunity to bring to the screen all the things that didn’t quite fit in Season 1. We’re excited to get to now do those now."

Walton Goggins as The Ghoul in Fallout. /

How many seasons will Fallout run on Prime Video?

Another question that Wagner and Robertson-Dworet were cagey about (with characteristic good humor) is exactly how many seasons Fallout will run for. Interviewer James Hibberd points out that the duo have joked in the past about the show running for "hundreds" of seasons. But how many could it really run?

"We’ve talked about a billion seasons as a jokey way to evade the question because we don’t control that. So our hope is to end every season with a semi-satisfying, semi-open-ended kind of shape," Wagner answered. "Look, we’ve talked about three seasons and we’ve talked about five seasons. Given the success of the show, five is suddenly feeling a little more appealing. But the industry is a temperamental thing and we kind of have to go into each season being like, 'This is our last.'"

"We could be replaced by robots by Season 5," Robertson-Dworet joked.

That sounds like a move worthy of Vault-Tec, so we'll hope they're able to hang on to their jobs and keep churning out more hilarious episodes of Fallout. As things stand, Wagner, Robertson-Dworet and the rest of the writers for Fallout are currently working in a writers' room to break season 2. Once that's finished, I imagine we'll likely start to hear about filming dates as production moves along. When Fallout does begin filming on season 2, it will be in California as opposed to New York, which is where season 1 was filmed.

"I think the audience is going to find the lack of strain on personal lives palpable," Wagner said of the move to the west coast. "I feel like this is going to be relatively smooth sailing because we have so much great desert right here in California. We’re going to start scouting locations we literally can drive to from the writers’ room."

"But also: less gray skies," Robertson-Dworet added. "That was tricky about New York. We were shooting partially in the summer and partially in the middle of winter. And some of those exteriors, the gray skies, they’re just not as beautiful. There’s a reason filmmaking came to Southern California."

"We wrapped [season 1] in early February. It’s a miracle that the final scenes weren’t covered in snow," Wagner recalled.

Here's hoping for clear skies and arid yet beautiful deserts all around. The Wasteland has to look just right, after all!

As Wagner said in the interview, there's no release date yet for Fallout season 2. But since they're cruising along on it, who knows? Maybe we'll be watching Fallout again sometime late in 2025. If not, 2026 is probably a safe bet.

Next. House of the Dragon showrunner reveals how the season 2 premiere ends. House of the Dragon showrunner reveals how the season 2 premiere ends. dark

To stay up to date on everything fantasy, science fiction, and WiC, follow our all-encompassing Facebook page and Twitter account, sign up for our exclusive newsletter and check out our YouTube channel.

h/t Eurogamer