'Industry' Series 2: Everything You Need to Know

Laura Martin
·5-min read
Photo credit: HBO/BBC
Photo credit: HBO/BBC

From Esquire

“Bonking and banking” was how one tabloid branded Industry, the eight-part HBO/BBC series about a group of graduates vying for a full-time job at a toxic international bank in London. To be fair, it’s a pretty accurate description of the series - they’ve just missed off all the coke and pill fuelled epic seshes as well.

This Wolf of Wall Street-meets-Skins show was a little shaky at the start (despite the much heralded episode one being directed by Lena Dunham), but viewers were soon hooked on the antics of the gang. Morals? Pah, who needs them. Their increasingly desperate power grabs were all deemed acceptable behaviour in the poisonous culture at Pierpoint, which ended up rotting most of the souls who walked through the door.

Still, it was fun joining them for the ride. And with series one finishing with a major twist, we’re now fully committed for season two. Here’s everything we know so far:

Photo credit: HBO/BBC
Photo credit: HBO/BBC

Industry series 2 release date

The news that everyone’s favourite hard-partying nefarious would-be bankers would be returning dropped on 10 December . We don't have a release date yet, though.

Creators Mickey Down and Konrad Kay were hopefully celebrating in a little less extreme way than dropping 2CB pills at an office party when the return of Industry was announced.

An HBO exec said: “Mickey and Konrad have captured an authentic, fresh angle on workplace culture from the bottom up and presented a complex look at navigating life in your early twenties – replete with thrills, failures and victories.

“It’s exciting to see fans embrace these young graduates, and we join them in anticipation of what’s in store for season two.”

Photo credit: HBO/BBC
Photo credit: HBO/BBC

What happened at the end of the first series?

Well, (spoilers obviously ahead) the Reduction In Force (RiF) day meant that all our four remaining graduates had to step up to the podium and gush about why Pierpoint is perfect and why they were perfect for Pierpoint.

Rob came across as cocky - just what the bank is after, really - but suffered from an unfortunate nosebleed half way through his speech, thanks to all those two-bag nights with his client. He was dubbed “worthless” and off he sped into the night on his £10k motorbike.

The bosses were on the fence about Yasmin, who attempted to ingratiate herself with Daria and be placed on her team instead. Yasmin also ditched her loser boyfriend, Seb, and told Rob that she wasn’t bothered if he never came back, putting an end to some of the kinkiest flirting we’ve ever seen on TV.

Gus walked out after delivering an epic eight-word protest speech: “Buy the dip, short the VIX, fuck Bitcoin” and realised that Pierpoint, and possibly banking itself, wasn’t for him.

But it was Harper - despite suffering from a panic attack in her presentation - who really made the big power plays in the series. It was go hard or go home for her, and after the return of her psychopathic boss, Eric, she agreed to retract her statement about his abusive behaviour - and got Daria sacked in the process. She had her job confirmed and had truly integrated herself into the toxic culture at Pierpoint - but at what cost?

Photo credit: HBO/BBC
Photo credit: HBO/BBC

Who will be returning?

It’s more than likely Harper (Myha’la Herrold), Yasmin (Marisa Abela) and Robert (Harry Lawtey) will make a comeback in the second series. Rob was left on a bit of a cliffhanger, we don’t know if he’s been offered a permanent job, and he was off being all boy-racer.

Gus (David Jonsson), with his mic-drop moment, obviously won’t be turning up at Pierpoint again - but will he return for the new series, working for a different bank?

Unless Hari returns as a ghost to haunt someone, it’s highly unlikely that Nabhaan Rizwan will be making another appearance.

Questions we need answered in series two

Does Harper really know what she’s let herself in for, aligning herself with her nefarious bosses? Does she have any regrets? She’d better watch her back, as both Daria and Yasmin will be thirsty for revenge now.

What will become of the sage, old-school heroin addict banker, Clement (David Riddell)? He was a mentor to Rob, but seemed to have lost all faith in the world when he was sacked by Daria.

How will Yasmin deal with Kenny, her now permanent obnoxious desk-mate? (Finally telling him to “fuck off” in the finale was a good start)

Will Harper’s missing twin brother ever turn up? It’s haunted her since the day he left, and could add a very intriguing plot line to the show.

What have the creators said about it?

Kay told Decider: “On some level, me and Mickey want this to be a purely entertaining, kinetic, adrenalized, gotta-watch-the-next-episode TV show. Because for us, we love the medium of television. We love episodic storytelling. We wanted to do stuff that really honored that”.

Down added: “I was going to say something way more childish. I want them to be able to have a fucking good time. But also, I want them to go away and not stop thinking about it. I want people to talk about it.” Well, they’ve certainly succeeded there.

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