The battle for New York society takes center stage in the Season 2 trailer of HBO’s “The Gilded Age,” offering a glimpse into the challenges facing each character. The series, created and written by Julian Fellowes of “Downton Abbey” fame, is set to return on October 29, airing on HBO and available for streaming on HBO Max.
The trailer is filled with intrigue, from Bertha Russell (Carrie Coon) clashing with Mrs. Astor (Donna Murphy) and Agnes van Rhijn (Christine Baranski), to teasing new romances for Marian (Louisa Jacobson) and Ada Brook (Cynthia Nixon). Additionally, it provides a peek into the vibrant Black elite of Brooklyn.
Watch the trailer below.
Bertha Russell, not one to back down, challenges the established elite who hold “new money” at arm’s length, aiming to make the new Metropolitan Opera house the season’s go-to music venue. This puts her in direct conflict with Mrs. Astor and Agnes, who are resistant to the changes Bertha represents.
The trailer also hints at romantic entanglements, including Ada’s potential union with Reverend Matthew Forte, portrayed by Robert Sean Leonard. Larry Russell (Harry Richardson) is caught in a passionate moment with Susan Blane, played by Laura Benanti.
The narrative also explores Marian’s romantic prospects, with Dashiell (David Furr) entering the picture. Yet, the editing of the trailer suggests there might be more between her and neighbor Larry.
Additionally, the trailer sheds light on the struggles faced by George Russell (Morgan Spector), who grapples with a growing union at his Pittsburgh steel plant. In the Brook House, Marian discreetly teaches at a girls’ school, while Peggy (Denée Benton) becomes involved in activism through her work at the NY Globe.
The Scott family in Brooklyn embarks on a journey of healing following a shocking revelation. The trailer also touches on Peggy’s visit to Alabama’s Tuskegee Institute, hinting at potential challenges in the American South.
“The Gilded Age” Season 2 offers an engaging mix of romance, societal clashes, and character development, providing a window into the complexity of New York society in the late 19th century.
The show’s ensemble cast includes notable actors like Audra McDonald, Ben Ahlers, Michael Cerveris, Kelley Curran, Taissa Farmiga, and many more. Julian Fellowes serves as the creator, writer, and executive producer, while Sonja Warfield shares writing and executive producing responsibilities. Michael Engler takes on the role of director and executive producer.
“The Gilded Age” is a collaborative effort between HBO and Universal Television, and it promises an intriguing and dramatic second season.