The Gifted (season 2)

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The Gifted (season 2)
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Starring
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes7
Release
Original networkFox
Original releaseSeptember 25, 2018 (2018-09-25) – present (present)
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List of The Gifted episodes

The second season of the American television series The Gifted is based on Marvel Comics' X-Men properties, and follows ordinary parents who take their family on the run after they discover their children's mutant abilities. The season is connected to the X-Men film series, set in an alternate timeline where the X-Men have disappeared. It was produced by 20th Century Fox Television in association with Marvel Television, with Matt Nix serving as showrunner.

Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker star as the parents, alongside Sean Teale, Natalie Alyn Lind, Percy Hynes White, Coby Bell, Jamie Chung, Blair Redford, and Emma Dumont. They are joined by Skyler Samuels, promoted from a recurring guest role in the first season, and Grace Byers. A second season was ordered in January 2018, and began filming that June. It depicts the different approaches to the fight for mutant civil rights that are taken by the Mutant Underground and the Hellfire Club, and also introduces the Morlocks and further explores the Purifiers—all groups originating in the comics.

The season began airing on September 25, 2018, and will run for 16 episodes.

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
141"eMergence"Robert Duncan McNeillMatt NixSeptember 25, 2018 (2018-09-25)2LAJ012.58[1]
After recruiting the mutants Lorna Dane/Polaris and Andy Strucker for the "Inner Circle" of the Hellfire Club, Reeva Payge stages a coup and takes control of the organization. Six months later in Washington D.C., the new Inner Circle buys a large munitions factory to clear out so Polaris has a place to safely give birth. The Mutant Underground works to save endangered mutants from the government agency Sentinel Services (SS). Marcos Diaz / Eclipse, the father of Polaris's child, and Andy's mother Caitlin try to gain information on the Inner Circle from the mutant hacker Wire; but only learn of their vast resources and power. Caitlin's husband Reed and daughter Lauren are ready to stop looking for Andy, and Reed is also concerned by his latent mutant abilities manifesting. When Polaris goes into labor, her powers cause electrical disturbances across the city and the Underground tries to unsuccessfully follow them back to her. The Frosts give Polaris a vision of the future she wants for her child, allowing her to give birth to baby Dawn.
152"unMoored"Steven DePaulRashad RaisaniOctober 2, 2018 (2018-10-02)2LAJ022.25[2]
Three years ago, Evangeline Whedon recruited John Proudstar / Thunderbird to lead the Atlanta station for the Mutant Underground. In the present, she refuses to take on the Inner Circle but gives Thunderbird the location of a mutant, Erg, who may know more. Caitlin and Reed continue to argue about Andy while Lauren reveals to her father she has her own trauma from killing fifteen people back in Atlanta. Meanwhile, Jace Turner tries to be a lawyer but is still obsessed with mutants, before telling his wife that he can move on. Andy and Lauren have shared dreams which interfere with his training. As Reeva and the Frosts kill any humans involved with the birth; Reeva considers killing Andy for trying to contact his family, but instead motivates him to complete his training. Polaris discovers baby Dawn is very sick.
163"coMplications"Michael GoiMichael HorowitzOctober 9, 2018 (2018-10-09)2LAJ032.06[3]
Six years ago, Marcos' dying father rejected his son because he was a mutant. In the present he is kidnapped by the Frosts to cure baby Dawn's jaundice. As Lauren and Reed return from a supply run, Reed's powers manifest, melting the steering wheel and causing them to crash. Jace Turner heads to D.C., despite what he told his wife and checks out the scene, glimpsing the Struckers to realize they aren't dead like the authorities believe. The police refuse to listen because of his dismissal from SS. Marcos is able to cure his daughter, overcoming the Frosts telepathy to try and fight for his family, but he is disarmed and removed by Reeva. Johnny and Clarice search for Erg's group in the sewers. Erg tells Clarice that mutants live down there away from everyone else. Erg offers information if Clarice agrees to be his spy on the surface. Reed confesses his powers to Caitlin, which also melted their information on the Inner Circle. Clarice finds that the Frosts were looking into the Health Department. Marcos returns swearing revenge, as Reeva prepares for the next phase of her plans.
174"outMatched"Deran SarafianMarta Gené CampsOctober 16, 2018 (2018-10-16)2LAJ041.93[4]
Sixteen years ago, Caitlin refuses to terminate her pregnancy of Andy even though it represents a high risk for both of them. In the present, the Underground—seeking a hacker's help again—discover that the Frosts have killed Wire. The Underground kidnaps his brother Graph, who refuses to help them until Caitlin exploits his addiction to Kick. Graph discovers the Inner Circle is attacking an old mental hospital where Lorna was held years ago. Lauren, Marcos, Johnny and Clarice go to stop them. When Sage blocks Graph's hacking, Caitlin gives him more Kick, which induces a near-fatal overdose. Johnny and Clarice confront Lorna in the facility and she releases the other patients to cover her escape. As the Inner Circle tries to escape with a patient, Marcos and Lauren block them. Andy rejects his sister and blasts them away, knocking Lauren out. His parents are devastated and Reed's powers violently manifest again. On television, the hospital staff confess to inhumane treatment of their patients and the attack is seen as a rallying point for mutant rights. Jace's wife leaves him because he refuses to move on and he is approached by the Purifiers, who he ultimately joins when he sees news of the hospital incident.
185"afterMath"Scott PetersMelissa R. Byer & Treena HancockOctober 30, 2018 (2018-10-30)2LAJ051.96[5]
Twelve years ago as a new cop Jace didn't like his partner harassing a mutant but went along with it. In the present, he suggests the Purifiers win over the public by rounding up the fugitive mutants that escaped from the mental hospital. At the clinic, Caitlin and Johnny treat the hospital escapees and Lauren, who is distraught about Andy. When the Purifiers attack, they are forced to let one mutant die to keep themselves hidden before the Purifiers flee from approaching police. Stealing some files, Jace comes up with another plan. Meanwhile, the Inner Circle prepares their new mutant Rebecca/Twist for her role in their plans but she is unresponsive. Andy takes her out for her first taste of freedom in years as she was the clinic's most dangerous patient. She shows Andy her power of turning things inside out and they destroy a police car together, kissing when they return. Clarice takes the other patients to hide with the Morlocks, Erg takes them on the condition they brand a "M" mark into their cheeks, disgusting Marcos. Erg also encourages "Blink" to not hide who she is like she does with the Mutant Underground.
196"iMprint"Michael GoiDawn Kamoche & Ariella BlejerNovember 6, 2018 (2018-11-06)2LAJ062.31[6]
Jace realizes the Mutant Underground has a base in Baltimore, having the Purifiers bomb a church to flush people out. Reed, Clarice, Marcos and Johnny go to help out, reuniting with several mutants from Atlanta including Shatter and Pedro. The Purifiers attack, handing over Pedro to SS and Jace kills Shatter. Reed melts a wall for the others to escape but then cannot turn off his power. Lauren and Caitlin track a former doctor of the hospital, learning Rebecca used her powers to kill her family by turning their skulls inside out. Lorna grows frustrated with Reeva hiding the plan so Esme shows her the bank they plan to attack, which has mutant detecting technology. Lorna seems to like Esme but attacks her when she realizes Esme was in baby Dawn's mind. Esme apologizes, revealing she and her sisters were quintuplet clones created as weapons. They killed their handlers at age 13, but the other two sisters, Celeste and Mindee were killed-the remaining triplets felt them die. Esme swears to protect Lorna and Dawn and Lorna stays with the Inner Circle.
207"no Mercy"Nina Lopez-CorradoBrad MarquesNovember 13, 2018 (2018-11-13)2LAJ071.89[7]
Eight years ago, Reeva wanted her local mutant community to work with humans but her friend, a mutant, was killed right in front of her by human racists. In the present, she dates Quinn, a bank employee, genuinely liking him but using him as part of the plan. The Inner Circle attacks the bank promising nobody will be hurt if they cooperate. Draining their funds, having the Frosts force a confession of mutant persecution and getting something from the vault, they prepare to leave. But Rebecca, wanting to punish humans, happily kills all the employees; horrifying even Reeva. The Mutant Underground moves Reed to the now abandoned clinic and Caitlin convinces him to go see his father's old assistant Madeline. Marcos and Johnny confront Clarice for working for Erg, which she admits reasoning that at least the Morlocks have a plan to help mutants while the Underground is a mess with no vision. Jace meets with television reporter Benedict Ryan who wants Jace to expose the lies of SS (Sentinel Services). He refuses but is convinced after he hears about the bank incident.
218"the dreaM"[8]TBATBANovember 27, 2018 (2018-11-27)TBATBD
229"gaMe changer"[9]TBATBADecember 4, 2018 (2018-12-04)TBATBD

Cast and characters[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Notable guests[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In October 2017, showrunner Matt Nix said that he had planned "a couple of seasons, in broad strokes" for The Gifted, and stated that he wanted "to be doing this show for a long time."[22] On January 4, 2018, the series was renewed for a second season,[23] of 16 episodes.[24]

Writing[edit]

Following the end of the first season, Nix said that the second would further explore the Hellfire Club and the Purifiers, and would introduce the Morlocks.[25][15] Following the destruction of the mutant underground's base, the second season sees them become more of a network rather than remain in a single location, and forces them to hide in plain sight and interact with other mutants out in the world. Nix thought this was both an interesting change and "thematically more resonant". Their situation is contrasted with the Hellfire Club also hiding in plain sight, but within "the halls of power". Nix continued that the season would show how these two factions go about helping mutants in different ways, and also how they come together at times due to the relationships between people in each group.[26] He later expressed interest in also exploring the 7/15 incident that was mentioned in the first season, potentially through flashbacks, and said that such an exploration would take place over multiple episodes as "it’s kind of at the center of everything we’re doing."[27]

The second season features a new organization from the comics after the first featured Trask Industries. Nix noted that the story for the season had been broken before this decision was made, and then the writers looked through the comics to see which elements lines up with the direction they wanted to go.[15]

Casting[edit]

Returning from the first season to star are Stephen Moyer as Reed Strucker, Amy Acker as Caitlin Strucker, Sean Teale as Marcos Diaz / Eclipse, Natalie Alyn Lind as Lauren Strucker, Percy Hynes White as Andy Strucker, Coby Bell as Jace Turner, Jamie Chung as Clarice Fong / Blink, Blair Redford as John Proudstar / Thunderbird, and Emma Dumont as Lorna Dane / Polaris.[10][11] By January 2018, Skyler Samuels, who recurred as the Stepford Cuckoos in the first season, was being looked at to be promoted to series regular for the show's second season, and she stated that her characters would be appearing more in the second season than the first either way.[12] She was confirmed to be doing so in June along with the announcement that Grace Byers would also be joining the series as a series regular, in the role of Reeva Payge.[13][14]

Also returning from the first season are Ray Campbell as William,[18] Hayley Lovitt as Sage,[19] Jeff Daniel Phillips as Fade,[20] Erinn Ruth as Evangeline,[20] and Francis Turner as Paula Turner.[21] Additionally, Michael Luwoye was announced to have been cast as Erg, the leader of the Morlocks, in August 2018. Nix also revealed at that time that an original mutant named Twist would have a "big role" in the season.[15] Newcomer Anjelica Bette Fellini was soon announced as cast in the role, which was described as coming across as "a sweet wounded bird" who reveals herself to be "a sociopath who lives for chaos".[16] In October, James Carpinello was cast in the recurring role of Rick, the undisciplined leader of a group of new recruits.[17]

Filming[edit]

Filming for the season began on May 30, 2018.[28]

Release[edit]

Broadcast[edit]

The season began airing in the United States on Fox on September 25, 2018,[29] and run for 16 episodes.[24]

Marketing[edit]

Nix, executive producer Jeph Loeb, and much of the cast promoted the season at San Diego Comic-Con 2018,[30] where the first trailer for the season debuted; it gave the season the subtitle Dawn of the Mutant Age.[31]

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "eMergence" September 25, 2018 0.9/4 2.58[1] 0.6 1.74 1.5 4.32[32]
2 "unMoored" October 2, 2018 0.7/3 2.25[2] 0.6 1.62 1.3 3.87[33]
3 "coMplications" October 9, 2018 0.7/3 2.06[3] 0.5 1.60 1.2 3.66[34]
4 "outMatched" October 16, 2018 0.6/3 1.93[4] 0.5 1.35 1.1 3.28[35]
5 "afterMath" October 30, 2018 0.6/3 1.96[5] 0.5 1.36 1.1 3.32[36]
6 "iMprint" November 6, 2018 0.7/3 2.31[6] TBD TBD TBD TBD
7 "no Mercy" November 13, 2018 0.6/3 1.89[7] TBD TBD TBD TBD

Critical response[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 82% approval rating, with an average rating of 6.6/10 based on 11 reviews. [37]

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