Originally known as Shadowplay, The Defeated is a drama series set in Berlin during the immediate aftermath of WWII.

After premiering on German TV in October 2020, the series made its Netflix debut in August 2021 and fans have wasted no time in binging all eight episodes of the series.

However, following The Defeated’s dramatic cliffhanger ending, fans have quickly begun to ask whether the series will be returning for season 2.

The Defeated | Season 1 Trailer | Netflix

The Defeated | Season 1 Trailer | Netflix

The Defeated season 1 recap

After premiering as Shadowplay on German network ZDF in October 2020, The Defeated made its Netflix debut on August 18th, 2021.

Set in 1946, The Defeated tells the story of former NYPD cop Max McLaughlin (Taylor Kitsch) who travels to the divided Berlin to help create a police force in the chaotic aftermath of the Second World War.

Max is tasked with taking down Dr Werner “Engelmacher” Gladow, the emerging crime boss of the rebuilding city. Secretly, Max also aims to find his brother, Moritz, who has been killing ex-Nazis who have gone into hiding.

However, as Max buries himself in his work, he fails to spot the signs that he is being used as a pawn in what will become the Cold War.

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Will The Defeated return for season 2?

  • Yes, it has been confirmed that The Defeated will return for season 2.

As Deadline reported ahead of filming in April 2019, Shadowplay – as it was originally titled – will be a story told across 16 episodes split into two parts.

The first of those two parts has just landed on Netflix while the second and final instalment is still yet to arrive.

Filming on season 2 was originally supposed to take place in 2020 but faced delays thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic.

As such, it has not been officially announced when season 2 of The Defeated will arrive on our screens.

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Where the story could go in season 2

The dramatic finale of season 1 saw Max finally reunite with his Nazi-hunting brother but it was not a warm reunion as it ended with Max shooting Moritz.

However, when Max went to check on Claire, Moritz made his escape and asked a local for passage to Italy.

There were several positive developments in the season 1 finale including the release of Elsie’s husband, Leopold while Karin and Gladow were arrested.

However, whether there will be enough evidence to keep them behind bars is another matter.

Could Moritz’s movement lead to conflict within Max as he debates about staying to finish his work in Berlin or leaving to pursue his brother?

Another spanner in the works could well be Max’s burgeoning relationship with Claire as the pair grew close throughout season 1 and could grow closer still when The Defeated returns.

StudioCanal | Netflix

The Defeat is available to stream now on Netflix after releasing on August 18th, 2021.

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