Outer Banks season two tugged on its viewer hearts while keeping its mysterious appeal

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For many people, myself included, the memory of watching Outer Banks, season one, is engraved in our brains as the perfect escape from the harsh realities of 2020. Tucked away in our rooms, binge-watching each mind-boggling episode, we all were anxiously anticipating the futures of beloved characters such as John B and Sarah Cameron, along with the rest of the Pogues. Luckily for viewers, season two was just as thrilling. 

One of the main factors that made season one capture the hearts of everyone who watched was the chemistry the cast shared. They would constantly bounce humorous jokes off each other. Because of this, many improvised scenes made the final cut. I was pleased to see that these same sly comments and banter could be found in season two. 

It wasn’t all humor though. John B and Sarah Cameron played by co-stars Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline are dating in real life as well as on the show. Due to this, I believe their affections towards each other were better portrayed on screen as their relationship grew in real life. 

In gut-wrenching episodes such as season two, episode three, “Prayers,” their love was very evident. Within a time span of forty-five minutes, all of my emotions were tugged on. I felt hope for the reunion the Pogues deserved, feared for Sarah’s life, and lastly, anticipated episode four. 

Throughout the majority of the show, we watched Sarah and John B get stuck in problem after problem; the pair was constantly on the run as they risked it all for love and money. This is a story we all know so well, yet I could never look away from my screen. 

However, aside from Sarah and John B, there are three other main characters: JJ, Kiara, and Pope. JJ, played by Rudy Pankow, is a fan favorite. His bad-boy appeal and hilarious wit make him an asset to the more light-hearted parts of the show. Kiara, played by the beautiful Madison Bailey, is a unique character because she was given everything she could have possibly wanted from her wealthy family, but instead disowns them to live a life of adventure. Lastly, Pope, played by Johnathan Daviss, is stereotyped as a smart, more realistic character. 

This show is so popular because of its ability to fit the multiple themes of life: the importance of friendship, how love can sometimes be messy, and that even though the characters are always chasing treasure, money is not everything. ”

However, that being said, Pope came out of his shell in season two. Although he originally seemed to be the most put together out of all the characters, it would appear that his path has taken a messier route. His intense energy was something we occasionally got to see in season one, but it got extremely heightened as he took on a critical role in season two. 

These five main characters will forever hold a special place in our hearts, but perhaps one of my favorite parts of season two was the introduction of a new character named Cleo, who is played by Carlicia Grant. Cleo’s character was a pleasant surprise, and in my opinion, just what the show needed.

Oftentimes in the television world after releasing an amazing first season, a second season can feel repetitive or even boring. However, in this case, I would say that Cleo’s debut was critical towards the future of Outer Banks. She is spunky, fun, brave, and everything season two needed in order to not be a copy of season one. 

This show is so popular because of its ability to fit the multiple themes of life: the importance of friendship, how love can sometimes be messy, and that even though the characters are always chasing treasure, money is not everything. 

For many people, myself included, season two of Outer Banks will be engraved in our brains as the show that provided an escape from the everyday realities we all face. Tucked away in our rooms, binge-watching each episode, we will remain until season three grazes our computer screen.