Shōgun: Will There Be A Season 2?

By Martha Davies

4 weeks ago

The rundown on this epic samurai show

From Palm Royale to Fallout, there’s plenty of great TV to sink your teeth into right now – but what about Shogun? This action-packed samurai series has got everyone talking (and wondering whether season 2 is on the way). Here’s everything you need to know.

Shogun: The Show Everyone’s Talking About

Samurai solder on a grey horse, dressed in traditional winged armour.

Courtesy of FX Networks

What Is Shogun About?

Adapted from James Clavell’s 1975 novel of the same name, Shogun takes place in Japan in the year 1600 – the starting point of a huge civil war. You can expect Game of Thrones-style power plays and epic fight scenes as nobles and samurai leaders battle for dominance.

The official synopsis reads: ‘Producer Hiroyuki Sanada stars as Lord Yoshii Toranaga, who is fighting for his life as his enemies on the Council of Regents unite against him. When a mysterious European ship is found marooned in a nearby fishing village, its English pilot, John Blackthorne, comes bearing secrets that could help Toranaga tip the scales of power and devastate the formidable influence of Blackthorne’s own enemies — the Jesuit priests and Portuguese merchants.

‘Toranaga’s and Blackthorne’s fates become inextricably tied to their translator, Toda Mariko, a mysterious Christian noblewoman and the last of a disgraced line. While serving her lord amidst this fraught political landscape, Mariko must reconcile her newfound companionship with Blackthorne, her commitment to the faith that saved her and her duty to her late father.’

Cast of Shogun

Courtesy of FX Networks

Who Stars?

  • Hiroyuki Sanada as Lord Yoshii Toranaga
  • Cosmo Jarvis as Pilot-Major John Blackthorne 
  • Anna Sawai as Toda Mariko
  • Tadanobu Asano as Kashigi Yabushige
  • Takehiro Hira as Ishido Kazunari
  • Tommy Bastow as Father Martin Alvito
  • Fumi Nikaido as Ochiba no Kata

Where Is Shogun Streaming?

All episodes of FX’s Shogun are available exclusively on Disney+

Will There Be A Season 2?

Unfortunately, nothing has been confirmed just yet. There’s no sequel to the original Shogun novel, so the second season of the show would need an entirely new screenplay. However, it looks like its creators haven’t ruled it out – in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, writer Justin Marks stated: ‘I think if we had a story, if we could find a story, we would be open to it.’ We’ve got our fingers crossed.