Fans of the acclaimed series “The Diplomat” have been eagerly awaiting news about the release date of its second season on Netflix. However, with ongoing strikes in the entertainment industry, the timeline for the new season remains uncertain.
“The Diplomat” was renewed for its second season back in May 2023, generating excitement among its dedicated fan base. However, due to the ongoing 2023 Writers Guild of America strike and the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, the production process has faced significant challenges.
As of now, it’s too early for the network to provide an official release date. Filming for the new episodes had begun in June 2023, as reported by What’s on Netflix. There have even been sightings of lead actors Keri Russell and Rufus Sewell filming sequences at iconic locations like St. Paul’s Cathedral. However, the SAG-AFTRA strike, which started in August 2023, halted production, leaving the season’s status uncertain.
While the series is primarily shot in the United Kingdom, where Equity typically covers its actors, it’s worth noting that the cast includes SAG-AFTRA members who are under contract with that union. This adds complexity to the situation, as it’s unclear how much of the season was completed before the strike.
Unfortunately, there’s no confirmed date for when filming may resume. The ongoing strikes and negotiations are expected to continue until at least October 2023, making it highly unlikely that the new season will premiere in September 2023 as originally anticipated.