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Foundation Season 2 Ending Explained: What Happens to Brother Day?


The ending of Foundation season 2 cranks up the action and sets up more to come from Isaac Asimov’s novels.

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This article contains spoilers for Foundation season 2.

Apple TV+’s ambitious science fiction series Foundation, adapting the novels of the same name by the influential author Isaac Asimov, has just wrapped its bombastic second season. More action-packed, sexier, and with a more pronounced sense of humor than its inaugural outing, Foundation delivers on the sweeping world-building from season 1 and brings an all-out war for the fate of humanity in season 2. With so many moving pieces and wheels within wheels schemes to seize and expand power, Foundation is a show that commands full attention from its viewers and, fortunately, Den of Geek is here to help parse through and explain the galactic power plays in season 2.

Taking place over a century after the events of the first season, Foundation season 2 finally brings things to a head over mathematician and revolutionary figure Hari Seldon (Jared Harris) and Brother Day (Lee Pace), the latest in a ruling line of clones holding the regal title of Empire. What follows is an intense mental chess game across the cosmos between the two men as they square off, employing all manner of strategies to further their respective agendas. Here’s how each of the major plot threads across Foundation season 2 progress through to the finale episode, teeing up the show for a planned third season.

The Story So Far…

After Hari Seldon’s groundbreaking mathematical analysis predicts the imminent collapse of the Galactic Empire after four centuries of rule by the Cleon Dynasty, a line of clones headed by Brother Day, currently Cleon XII, he and his protege Gaal Dornick (Lou Llobel) are exiled. Seldon and Dornick are to create the Foundation on the barren planet of Terminus, with the Foundation intended to be a repository of knowledge intended to significantly reduce the fallout from the predicted fall of the Empire. Seldon arranges for his adopted son Raych (Alfred Enoch) to assassinate him to effectively transform into a martyr, while Dornick is placed in cryosleep to avoid being implicated for the murder.

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