The season is set in 1983, about 10 years after the first season and in the midst of the Cold War.
On August 17, production on Season 2 resumed after the COVID-19 halt.
Season 2 premiered on February 19, 2021.
For All Mankind season two picks up a decade later in 1983. It’s the height of the Cold War and tensions between the United States and the USSR are at their peak. Ronald Reagan is president and the greater ambitions of science and space exploration are at threat of being squandered as the US and Soviets go head-to-head to control sites rich in resources on the moon.
The Department of Defense has moved into Mission Control, and the militarization of NASA becomes central to several characters’ stories: some fight it, some use it as an opportunity to advance their own interests, and some find themselves at the height of a conflict that may lead to nuclear war.
Cast and characters
- Joel Kinnaman as Edward Baldwin
- Jodi Balfour as Ellen Wilson
- Michael Dorman as Gordo Stevens
- Sarah Jones as Tracy Stevens
- Wrenn Schmidt as Margo Madison
- Shantel VanSanten as Karen Baldwin
- Krys Marshall as Danielle Poole
- Sonya Walger as Molly Cobb
- Cynthy Wu as Kelly Baldwin
- Casey Johnson as Danny Stevens
- Coral Peña as Aleida Rosales
|1||"Every Little Thing"||February 19, 2021|
|Nearly a decade later, technology and lunar exploration have taken huge strides—but a solar storm threatens the astronauts on Jamestown.|
|2||"The Bleeding Edge"||February 26, 2021|
|Margo must lead a seemingly impossible mission. Danielle wants to return to the moon. Gordo grapples with life on Earth.|
|3||"Rules of Engagement"||March 5, 2021|
|A dispute on the moon prompts NASA officials to consider arming astronauts. Ed's past comes back to haunt him.|
|4||"Pathfinder"||March 12, 2021|
|With a little help from Molly, Ed plans a career change - as his old Jamestown crewmates Gordo and Danielle struggle.|
|5||"The Weight"||March 19, 2021|
|Ed's reckless behaviour at NASA shakes the foundation of the Baldwin family. Tracy attempts to readapt to life in space.|
|6||"Best Laid Plans"||March 26, 2021|
|American astronauts and NASA leadership prepare for a new mission with unlikely partners. Ellen gets in touch with an old friend.|
|7||"Don't Be Cruel"||April 2, 2021|
|Ellen is challenged by her new role. Margo's allegiances are put to the test. Karen explores new opportunities - personally and professionally.|
|8||"And Here's to You"||April 9, 2021|
|Gordo returns to space. Molly faces an upsetting new reality. Aleida confronts her first major hurdle at work.|
|9||"Triage"||April 16, 2021|
|The rivalry between American astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts intensifies as last-minute changes impact the Pathfinder mission plan.|
|10||"The Grey"||April 23, 2021|
|Season Finale. Tensions between the U.S. and the Soviet Union reach an all-time high on the moon, throwing multiple missions into jeopardy.|