‘Outer Banks’ Season 2 Spoiler-Free Review

Outer Banks Season 2 is finally here. Does it stand up to the viral sensation that is season 1? Whether you’ve binged the entire season already and are working on your second go-around or you’re consuming new episodes of Outer Banks Season 2 one by one, this is a spoiler-free review. Woogity, woogity, OBX fans. 

'Outer Banks' Season 2 cast Madelyn Cline, Madison Bailey, Jonathan Daviss, Rudy Pankow, and Chase Stokes
Madelyn Cline, Madison Bailey, Jonathan Daviss, Rudy Pankow, and Chase Stokes | Jackson Lee Davis/Netflix

‘Outer Banks’ Season 1 recap

If you’ve forgotten what happened to the Pogues in Outer Banks Season 1 or you didn’t have time for a rewatch, we’ve got you. In the first season of the Netflix series, we meet the Pogues from “The Cut” — the lower-income side of Kildare Island. 

Leading man Chase Stokes plays John B., a teenager on the hunt for his missing dad Big John Rutledge (Charles Halford). Most of the town presumes Big John is dead, but John B. believes otherwise. With the help of his friends J.J. (Rudy Pankow), Kiara (Madison Bailey), and Pope (Jonathan Daviss), John B. discovers his father was in search of $400 million in gold from the Royal Merchant ship. 

As the Pogues search for the sunken treasure, John B. falls in love with Sarah Cameron (Madelyn Cline). She’s a Kook by societal standards, but John B. sees Sarah’s Pogue heart. 

By the end of Outer Banks Season 1, John B. figures out Ward Cameron (Charles Esten) is responsible for Big John’s disappearance. Ward tries to do away with John B. and make off with the $400 million in gold, but Rafe Cameron (Drew Starkey) shooting Sheriff Peterkin (Adina Porter) puts a wrench in those plans. 

John B., who Ward blames for Peterkin’s death, is now a wanted criminal. He sails off into a tropical storm with Sarah Cameron to pursue the gold — and an alibi. Back in the OBX, the Pogues think John B. and Sarah Cameron die at sea. 

‘Outer Banks’ Season 2 will put you in your feels

“All I gotta say about season 2 is…strap in,” Stokes tweeted when the trailer dropped. “Thank u guys for all the love on the teaser. July 30th, time 2 party.”

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He’s not wrong! Like the first season, Outer Banks Season 2 will take fans on another wild ride. You’ll hold your breath; you’ll gasp — you may even say some “Prayers” if you’re the praying type. 

But for every stressful moment in season 2, there’s a joyous moment to combat it. Sometimes those moments are small, like a glance from one Pogue to another. Other times they’re big, loud actions that remind you “P4L” is a lifestyle, not a catchphrase. 

Teen romances get real in ‘Outer Banks’ Season 2

After Kiara’s will-they-won’t-they relationships with the Pogues in season 1, many fans couldn’t wait to see who — or if — she ends up with someone in Outer Banks Season 2. Then there’s John B. and Sarah Cameron’s relationship. Can a Kook and a Pogue be a forever kind of thing? 

We’re not saying what happens. But we are saying season 2 will address these romances and maybe even a love triangle. 

‘Outer Banks’ Season 2 leverages history to touch on racism in the United States

Outer Banks is a teen drama from Netflix. But that doesn’t mean the series can’t touch on critical societal issues that impact our everyday lives. 

It’s not blatant or in your face, but the Netflix series does have undertones that highlight the nation’s history of racism. Season 2 might occur in the present, but one character is forced to face their ancestor’s brutal history making a life for themselves in the Outer Banks. When they uncover the truth of their legacy, they’ll stop at nothing to do right by their ancestors.

Overall, Outer Banks Season 2 is just as enjoyable as season 1, if not more so. The drama, action, and suspense are even more compelling and intense this season, so brace yourselves.

Stream Outer Banks Season 2 now. Every episode is available on Netflix.