War of the Worlds star Pearl Chanda details ’inspiring’ season 2 storyline

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War of the Worlds fans in the UK can now dive into the second season of the series, with season two finally making its British debut on Disney Plus. The season was released in France and internationally back in May, leaving UK fans itching to see the story continue. Express.co.uk had the chance to speak to season two star Pearl Chanda, who revealed details about what to expect from the story this time around.

Star Pearl Chanda reveals details about season 2

War of the Worlds season one premiered back in 2019 and quickly secured a dedicated fanbase for the H.G. Wells adaptation.

The series pushed the original story in new directions, having the narrative told internationally and across multiple characters.

Season one ended with a glimpse of hope for the survivors of the devastating alien invasion, with humanity now forming an organised resistance.

Season two picks up from where this cliffhanger left off, with Pearl Chanda joining the cast this time around as Zoe, another survivor from the great war.

Zoe brings with her a new perspective of the aftermath, with her character playing a key role throughout the events of season two.

In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Chanda explained how Zoe is “strong and ruthless,” and she bears the weight of the resistance on her shoulders.

“Zoe becomes a leader of the resistance that has been formed,” Chanda continued, “I think it is interesting the parallel between Zoe in the human resistance and Adina [played by Ania Sowinski] in the alien resistance.”

The narrative is split into two halves throughout the season, with the story being told across nations.

Typically, War of the Worlds is either told solely from a UK or USA point of view, however, this series wanted to open up the story.

The series brings the story back to its origins as a tale that frightened the world through Wells’ original 1938 radio broadcast.

“I found that very inspiring,” Chanda added, “that you could really shake people using that medium.

“Having [the story] in the cultural consciousness did change the way I thought about the story and because I came into season two having already seen season one, it was really clear they were going in a different direction.”

The series is a UK and France co-production, produced by Urban Myth Films for Canal+ and Fox Networks Europe and Africa.

Most of the filming took place across the UK, France, and Belgium, with the content of the story reflecting its international origins.

The story around Zoe builds the tension of season one, adding much higher stakes this time around with the newfound resistance strength.

“I was such a big fan of season one, the tension was brilliantly done and really chilling,” Chanda explained. 

“I think season two ups the tempo, you had the first season of not knowing where you were and then the second season the characters really feeling that immediate threat of having to save themselves.”

Chanda is joined by Gabriel Byrne as Bill Ward, Daisy Edgar-Jones as Emily Gresham, Lea Drucker as Catherine Durand and Natasha Little as Sarah Gresham.

Fans will recognise Chanda from such projects as I May Destroy You, where she played Nilufer, along with Motherland, and Endeavour. 

Fans in the UK can catch season two now, with the second season making its debut on July 16.

There are eight episodes in the season, directed by Richard Clark and Ben A Williams.

Howard Overman has returned as the series showrunner, also recently working on The One, Future Man, and Crazyhead.

Most fans will recognise his work from Misfits, where he served as series creator. 

War of the Worlds season 2 is available to watch Star on Disney Plus.

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