Here's some tentatively good news: In what is easily the most high-profile development since the actors strike began in July, Interview with the Vampire will resume production on Season 2 after AMC reached an agreement with SAG-AFTRA. To this, we offer a wholehearted, "Oui, oui!"
There's still so much more ground to cover from Anne Rice's book series, and we'll update this post as we learn more. Here's everything we know about Interview with the Vampire Season 2 so far.
On August 31, Deadline reported that Interview with the Vampire will resume filming on Season 2 after AMC reached an "interim agreement" with SAG-AFTRA. A few things to note: This agreement is specific to three AMC series only — IWTV, as well as the Walking Dead spin-offs Daryl Dixon and The Ones Who Live — and not an overall deal between the studio and the guild, and there's no word on whether a similar agreement was made with the WGA, who are also currently striking. Still, this marks the first major agreement between a studio and SAG, which might be a harbinger of good things to come in terms of studios paying actors a living wage.
On July 21, AMC released the first teaser trailer for Season 2 at San Diego Comic-Con. In it, we get a look at the pivotal Paris chapter of Louis' (Jacob Anderson) life, where he and Claudia (Delainey Hayles) find themselves involved with the legendary Théâtre des Vampires. It's here that Louis meets Armand (Assad Zaman) and Santiago (Ben Daniels), among other iconic vampires from Anne Rice's book series. But, the trailer reminds us, he's not free from Lestat (Sam Reid) just yet. To this, we offer a resounding, "Oui, oui!"
On July 17, Deadline reported that Interview with the Vampire Season 2 has halted production due to the actors strike. According to the teaser trailer, the series is still set to return in 2024.
"Bulgaria. Romania. Paris. (Ah Paris!) San Francisco. New Orleans. Dubai," showrunner and executive producer Rolin Jones said in a statement when the series was renewed. "The writing staff of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire is honored, humbled, and hungry to add more stamps to our vamps' passport books. All praises be to our fearless network, we shall endeavor not to screw it up."
Bailey Bass announced in March that she will not return as Claudia for Season 2, with Delainey Hayles set to replace her into the role. "Due to a variety of unforeseen circumstances I'm unable to return to Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire for the second season," Bass said. "Playing Claudia has been a dream role and an incredible ride. I wish Delainey the best of luck in taking over. I cannot wait to watch. I'm extremely appreciative of AMC, the producers, Jacob, Sam, the crew and, of course, the wonderful fans."
News of Bass' departure comes after the announcement that Ben Daniels will join as a series regular in Season 2. Daniels, a veteran of the stage and The Crown Season 3 who also appear in Season 2 of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, is set to play Santiago, a member of the French Theatre des Vampires who grows suspicious of the Louis and Claudia. He joins returning players Jacob Anderson, Sam Reid, and Eric Bogosian. Expect Assad Zaman to play a bigger role in Season 2, now that we officially know his character's true identity as the vampire Armand, one of the most important figures from Rice's books.
Season 1 of Interview with the Vampire is available to stream on AMC+.