Altered Carbon boss reveals massive season 2 changes

Megan Davies
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From Digital Spy

Netflix's latest high-budget original series is sci-fi thriller Altered Carbon, and after 10 episodes of intrigue, violence and Joel Kinnaman, we're already wanting to see more.

Set in a future where people's consciousness can be put into new human 'sleeves', Altered Carbon is based on the series of books by Richard K Morgan and follows a violent mercenary who is put in a new 'sleeve' to solve the murder of the wealthiest man in the world.

While a second series hasn't been officially confirmed yet, it hasn't stopped people from guessing where we can go next, and now the show's boss Laeta Kalogridis has shed some light on what fans might expect to see in the future if we do end up getting more episodes.

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Related: Here's what to expect in Altered Carbon season 2, according to the books

"The idea was to mimic what the books do, which is to go from planet to planet and not stay in the same city. So the intent would not be to return to Bay City for the second season," Laeta told Entertainment Weekly.

"Part of what I love about the books is the degree to which they hold up a mirror to the idea of faster-than-light travel by entangled consciousness downloading. That's what needlecasting would be; you're re-creating a consciousness far faster than the speed of light on another planet - and that's just too cool not to do something with."

The second book in the trilogy – 2003's Broken Angelsalso features a 30-year time jump, which is something Laeta says she's not ruling out taking place in any second season.

"I'm not ruling that out, especially in a world where you can clone people or 3D print people," she said.

"The emotional passage of time is always a good thing. I wouldn't want to do a 250-year jump again, but I like in the second book where emotionally Kovacs is at due to what's happened to him in the interim."

Of course, one of the biggest changes taking place in a hypothetical season two would be the fact it's likely series lead Joel Kinnaman won't be returning – not just because of the whole re-sleeving thing, but also because he's signed up to star in new Amazon series Hanna too.

"My first thought is that we want to do something surprising with the second season that is not in the same place with the same people," Laeta said. "I think the universe of these books gives you more latitude."

And while Laeta admits she hasn't made a deal with Joel (or anybody really) beyond the first season, she does add that "this is a world that allows you to 'never say never'".

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So, if you're keeping track, all this means that any second season of Altered Carbon would almost definitely be saying goodbye to Bay City and possibly jumping 30 years into the future too, while most of the show's cast may or may not be returning.

And if you're confused, the good news is it sounds like Laeta and the books' author Richard are most definitely not, so all that's left to do is for Netflix to give a second season the green light.

"Richard and I have a plan," she added. "I don't know how people will feel about the plan, but we do have one!"

Altered Carbon is available to stream on Netflix now.

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