Fans of the award-winning Cold War series Deutschland 83 have been waiting for the series’ epic return, and while the moment of enjoyment is still months away, some good news has come as it was announced that filming for the second season dubbed Deutschland 86 got underway last week in South Africa and Berlin.
The second season takes place three years later in 1986, as the title would suggest, and continues the story of Martin Rauch (Jonas Nay), his Aunt Lenora (Maria Schrader) and their colleagues at the East German foreign intelligence agency.
“We’re thrilled to bring the series back. This time, we’re sending our East German heroes further afield,” series creators Anna Winger and Jörg Winger said announcing the start of filming. “It’s 1986. It’s the beginning of the end of the world as they know it. But mafioso-style capitalism just might save the socialist project! The clock is ticking and the beat goes on.”
FremantleMedia International released the following synopsis for the anticipated second season:
Abandoned by Moscow and desperate for cash, the East German leadership pushes their secret operatives to experiment with global capitalism and save their sinking socialist ship. Long banished to Africa for his sins in 1983, Martin Rauch is now sent back into the field. Dark deals and a dangerous mission lead him to South Africa, Angola, Libya, Paris, West Berlin and finally back to East Berlin, where he must make an impossible decision. Our hero’s journey plays out to a soundtrack of international pop music – against a backdrop of Perestroika, proxy Cold Wars, the struggle to end Apartheid, a year of terror in Western Europe, and the creeping feeling back home in East Germany, that the end just might be near.
Sundance TV will return as the official US broadcaster for Deutschland 86, and it has set a 2018 release date for the series. If you happened to miss Deutschland 83, you can catch up on all of the episodes for free if you are a Hulu subscriber.