Questions We Need Answered in Season 2 of ‘The Politician’

The Politician is everyone’s newest Netflix obsession. The Netflix original series was created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan. Ben Platt stars as Payton Hobart, a wealthy high schooler running for student body president.

The series received mixed critical reviews, but was the perfect show to binge because of how entertaining it was. By the last episode of the season, the characters managed to evolve from larger-than-life characters to almost-relatable people. Season 2 of The Politician is already in the works, and these are the questions we need answered in the new season.

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Cast members of ‘The Politician’ (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)

Will Payton and Alice’s relationship last in season 2 of ‘The Politician’?

In The Politician, relationships are complicated. While Payton ran for student body president, Alice pretends to cheat on Payton to give him a boost in the polls. It’s then revealed Alice is sleeping with Payton’s best friend, James. Still, Payton and Alice cannot deny what they feel for each other and reconcile.

The last episode of season 1 of The Politician jumps ahead three years. Alice and Payton are broken up and Alice is engaged to a man named Thad. Payton tries to convince her to get back together, and while Alice admits she loves him she refuses. Alice then runs out of her own wedding to reunite with Payton and be by his side as he announces his run for state senate.

Will Alice and Payton make it work? Is the relationship just for show to help Payton get elected? Does James still have feelings for Alice? We need answers.

Who is Payton’s birth mom?

The Politician is not really a realistic show. It’s more of a hyper-realistic TV show of tropes. One of those tropes is that Payton is adopted. His adoptive mother Georgina, who is played by Gwyneth Paltrow, is such a doting mother that Payton claims he never cared to find his birth mother.

Given the intensity of The Politician, it seems unlikely Payton’s birth mother would never come up again. Elizabeth Logan of Glamour speculates that Payton’s state senate competition, Dede Standish, could be Payton’s birth mother.

“Not only do Light and Platt share a resemblance, they’re also both musically gifted. And of course the woman who gave birth to Payton became a savvy politician. His innate sense of strategy had to come from somewhere, and it certainly didn’t come from his idle, rich adoptive parents,” writes Logan.

Will River from ‘The Politician’ return in season 2?

Payton’s close friend and lover, River, committed suicide in the first episode of the series. Following his death, Payton often sees River in times of trouble or when he needs advice. River was the only person who ever got Payton to feel emotion, and as the series goes on Payton learns how to emote more.

By the last episode of the season, Payton does not see River often because he is better at processing emotions. Still, River played a vital role in the first season even after his death. Even if Payton is more emotionally healthy, will River still appear in season 2 of The Politician?

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What will the state senate race look like?

Each season of The Politician is supposed to follow Payton as he participates in an election, culminating in his presidential run. Already in the first season, Payton survived two assassination attempts, was forced to resign from office, and discovered his running mate was the victim of Munchausen syndrome by proxy.

All of that was just during his run for student body president. If that was high school, what will happen when Payton faces an actual adult opponent? What happens when citizens of New York are his constituents and not just his high school classmates?

The season finale showed how much everyone in Payton’s life had grown past their ambitious and borderline sociopath-like tendencies. It seems unlikely that happiness will last for long once the election gets going. The high school election brought out the worst in everybody, so things can only become more intense in a full-fledged election.