Foundation Season 2 Dives Even Deeper Into the Mysteries of Hari Seldon and Brother Day

Exclusive: Showrunner David S. Goyer and stars Jared Harris and Lee Pace help us make sense of Foundation season 1 and get ready for season 2.

Salvor Hardin (Leah Harvey), Hari Seldon (Jared Harris) and Gaal Dornick (Lou Llobell) in Foundation season 2.
Photo: Apple TV+

The marketing material for Foundation season 2 makes no attempt to hide the fact that the show is in store for a big time jump. While this would be a major twist for many other TV shows, for Foundation‘s eons-spanning narrative it’s pretty standard. Not only did season 1 feature multiple time jumps, but the final moments of its finale actually bring viewers up to roughly 138 years in the future when season 2 is set to begin. That just happens to be the amount of time it takes for both Salvor Hardin (Leah Harvey) and Gaal Dornick (Lou Llobell) to reach Gaal’s native planet Synnax.

While roughly no time has passed for atypical mother-daughter duo Gaal and Salvor thanks to the intricacies of suspended animation and interstellar travel, what happened to the rest of the galaxy?

Showrunner David S. Goyer helpfully explained the situation to us when Den of Geek caught up with him, as well as actors Jared Harris and Lee Pace, ahead of the season 2 premiere of the Apple TV+ sci-fi series (and before the SAG-AFTRA strike). In short, the show’s sophomore year will focus in on the battles to come between the Galactic Empire and psychohistorian Hari Seldon’s Foundation, a group tasked with preventing a 30,000-year dark age after the impending collapse of civilization.

“In season one, Foundation was a scrappy little group of a few thousand people on a frigid planet. And by now, they’ve spread out to seven or eight planets, and they’ve started to gain a foothold on some of the worlds that Empire has let go to seed.”


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