'Cruel Summer' was renewed for Season 2 immediately ahead of its Season 1 finale on Freeform.

Cruel Summer Season 2 Is Officially A Go

Because Jeanette and Kate's story is far from over... or is it?


Summer isn’t over yet. The same day Freeform aired its highly anticipated Season 1 finale of Cruel Summer (Tuesday, June 15), the network also confirmed the hit teen mystery would return for a second season. After the season’s wild cliffhanger, fans likely have a ton of questions about Cruel Summer Season 2, so here’s everything we know so far about what will happen to Jeanette, Kate, and the rest of the Skylin crew.

Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers from Cruel Summer’s Season 1 finale. Given the immense success of Cruel Summer, it came as no surprise that Freeform immediately renewed the twist-filled ‘90s mystery for a second season. What did come as a surprise, though, was the shocking revelation in the final moments of the Season 1 finale. After Kate learned it was actually Mallory and not Jeanette who witnessed her in Martin’s home, it looked like the story would end with a nice resolution for everybody. But just when fans thought the show was over, Cruel Summer flashed back to 1994 and revealed Jeanette had once again broken into Martin’s house and heard Kate yelling for help while locked in the basement, but decided not to help her.

The flashback cliffhanger teased there’s much more story to tell, but is there a chance Season 2 takes an anthology route and centers on an entirely new mystery with new characters? Time will tell.

Cruel Summer Season 2 Release Date

There’s no announced release date for Season 2 just yet, but given the show’s quick renewal, fans can hopefully expect it to enter production pretty soon. If it adheres to standard release schedules, Season 2 will likely debut in early 2022.

Cruel Summer Season 2 Cast


The big question around Season 2 is whether the main cast will return. The debut season’s story centered around Olivia Holt’s Kate and Chiara Aurelia’s Jeanette, but Freeform president Tara Duncan told Deadline there’s a possibility Cruel Summer could become an anthology series, meaning Season 2 could keep the same year-jumping structure to tell a completely new story. “We have so many ideas for where we can take this next,” executive producer Jessica Biel said, per Deadline, hinting that it’s still up in the air whether the next season will continue to be about Kate and Jeanette or a new cast of characters.

Cruel Summer Season 2 Trailer

It’s way too early for Cruel Summer to have released any footage from Season 2, but hopefully the show will give fans something later in 2021.