‘Outer Banks’: Chase Stokes Says This Was the Hardest Day on the Set of Season 2

Outer Banks star Chase Stokes is extremely active on social media. He has been even more active thanks to the release of the show’s sophomore season. Recently, Stokes shared which scene he found the hardest to film for season 2 of Outer Banks. Shockingly, it’s not the profound moment many fans thought it was. 

Chase Stokes as John B. with Madelyn Cline as Sarah Cameron in the finale of 'Outer Banks' Season 2
Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline in ‘Outer Banks’ | Jackson Lee Davis/Netflix

‘Outer Banks’ cast member Chase Stokes interacts with fans on Twitter

Stokes often posts behind-the-scenes photos on his social media accounts. And sometimes, he’ll interact with his followers on Twitter and Instagram too.

The day after Outer Banks Season 2 debuted on Netflix, Stokes retweeted a tweet from December 2020 when the cast was still filming. “Today was officially the hardest day on this show,” Stokes wrote. “Revisit this tweet when it comes out, and you can tell me if you know what I was talking about.” 

After watching the new season, many fans thought it was when John B. watches Sarah Cameron (Madelyn Cline) die. When you consider their relationship in real life, it makes sense this would be a brutal scene for Stokes to perform. But really, his most challenging scene was more action-packed. 

Chase Stokes says the alligator attack scene in season 2 was the hardest to film 

Contrary to what many fans thought, the most challenging scene for Stokes was in the season 2 episode “The Cross.” 

“[The most challenging] scene was in the water with the [alligators],” Stokes shared on Twitter. “It was literally 22 degrees, the water was below 60 (Fahrenheit) and it took almost the entire day to shoot.” 

Stokes also admitted the scene where Sarah Cameron “dies” ties for second place in terms of challenging scenes this season. “It ended up being both honestly,” he concluded. “Fun stuff!!” 

Of course, Stokes is talking about the Outer Banks Season 2 episode “Prayers.” In the episode, Sarah Cameron dies after a gunshot wound to her abdomen. However brief, Sarah’s death brings John B. to want to marry her in a ceremony fit for a Pogue during their boat ride back to North Carolina. 

John B.’s alligator encounter in ‘Outer Banks’ Season 2 

Outer Banks fans have come to expect whimsical twists and turns in the Netflix series. After all, the Jonas Pate-lead show follows a group of high schoolers who find themselves involved in multiple treasure hunts. So alligators attacking John B. in season 2 seemed like an obvious choice. 

Rudy Pankow as JJ, Madelyn Cline as Sarah Cameron and Jonathan Daviss in 'Outer Banks' Season 2
Rudy Pankow, Madelyn Cline, and Jonathan Daviss in ‘Outer Banks’ | Jackson Lee Davis/Netflix

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In what Stokes says was the hardest episode of the season, John B. and the Pogues search for wood to free the Twinkie Van from the mud. During that process, John B. gets into a wrestling match with an alligator. Fortunately, he fights off the gator and makes it out with only a minor leg wound that he bandages with his dad’s bandana

‘Outer Banks’ cast reveals how showrunners filmed Chase Stokes’ battle with an alligator

Naturally, live alligators weren’t used to film Stokes’ wrestling scene in Outer Banks Season 2. Instead, the crew came up with a unique solution behind the scenes that involved a prop gator. 

“They had the gator on a rotisserie, so Chase was coming up, like, 50% of the time,” Cline recalled from that day of shooting to MTV News. She also remembered thinking she accidentally hurt Stokes in the process of shooting that scene. The knife used was made of rubber, but Cline figured she might have hit Stokes a little too hard instead of stabbing the gator as intended. 

Stream Outer Banks Season 2 on Netflix now.