Truth be told, we’d almost completely forgotten about Industry created by Mickey Down and Konrad Kay. That isn’t to say HBO’s slow-burn drama series about investment banking was entirely immemorable, although the finale did leave a little something to be desired. It’s simply been 18 long months since we last caught up with the overworked + over-sexed graduates of the prestigious Pierpont & Co (read: JP Morgan Chase clone). Now, the year-and-a-half wait is finally over as Industry season 2 hits streaming queues in early August.
Where the first season focused on young guns Harper Stern (Myha’la Herrold), Augustus “Gus” Sackey (David Johnson), Robert Spearing (Harry Lawley), and Yasmin Kara-Hanani (Marisa Abela) struggling to find their footing in the cut-throat world of finance, Industry season 2 will hit the fast-forward button. But despite being more established in their respective careers, the learning curve is still quite steep, and the stakes obviously higher than ever.
Picking things up right in the middle of the ongoing pandemic, London’s Pierpont & Co finds itself at risk of being absorbed by its New York counterpart via merger, meaning everyone must once again justify why they deserve their position.
In the first Industry season 2 trailer, Harper, Gus, Rob, and Yasmin are urged to demonstrate their value to the company using “strong relationships” with high-net-worth clients. By any means necessary, based on the brief glimpse of Harry Lawley’s Rob getting out of bed after doing the vertical tango with Nicole Craig (Sarah Parish) — the client who, you may recall, sexually assaulted Herrold’s Harper in season 1.
“Harper’s nothing if not tough,” executive producer Jami O’Brien teased to Entertainment Weekly.
Season 2 will see her swing back to life, re-energised by new work relationships, new love interests, and a potential lead in the search for her brother.
“Industry has evolved but the DNA of the first season is very much there,” added co-creator Konrad Kay.
Myha’la Herrold, David Johnson, Harry Lawley, Marisa Abela, and Sarah Parish will be re-joined by Ken Leung as Eric Tao – Pierpoint Managing Director of CPS; Mark Dexter as Hilary Wyndham – Pierpoint Managing Director of FX; Conor MacNeill as Kenny Kilbane – Pierpoint VP at the FX desk slash Yasmin’s direct line manager; Sagar Radia as Rishi Ramdani – Pierpoint associate and market maker on the CPS desk slash resident smartass; and more.
Industry season 2 will also mark the series debut for the following:
- Alex Alomar Akpobome as Danny Van Deventer – Executive Director from Pierpoint New York
- Adam Levy as Charles Hanani – Yasmin Kara-Hanani’s father
- Jay Duplass as Jesse Boom – Hedge Fund Manager
- Sonny Poon Tip as Leo Bloom – Jesse Bloom’s son
- Katrine De Candole as Celeste Pacquet – Pierpoint Private Wealth Manager
Catch HBO’s Industry season 2 on Binge here in Australia starting from August 2nd (and August 1st for those of you over in the US) – check out the trailer above.