What's in store for Cruel Summer season 2? Everything fans of the teen thriller need to know

What twists and turns will Cruel Summer season 2 have in store for us?

Chiara Aurelia, Olivia Holt star in Cruel Summer, will there be a Cruel summer season 2
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After an explosive season 1 finale, Cruel Summer season 2 cannot come soon enough. Although it's not entirely clear what's next for Kate and Jeanette, one thing is for sure: a nail-biting mystery awaits!

Ready to head back to Skylin, Texas? We know we are. 

**WARNING: Season 1 spoilers ahead!**

Catch up before Cruel summer season 2:

Before we take a look at the next chapter, let's revisit how the debut season wrapped up. There have been plenty of Cruel Summer theories circulating message boards that kept followers guessing until the final moments. Some suspected Jeanette did know about Kate's relationship with Mr. Harrison but was forced to keep it under wraps. Others alleged that Kate was being vindictive and placing the blame for her problems on Jeanette.

As it turns out, Kate revealed that she was wrong and it wasn't Jeanette that saw her in her kidnapper's home, but actually Mallory. But, in a bizarre twist, fans learn that Jeanette actually heard Kate asking for help upon being kidnapped. 

Cruel summer season 2: what we know so far

Cruel Summer season 2 is headed to TV screens in 2022, much to fans' delight. However, in the genre's true fashion, this reveal is leaving us with more questions than answers. It's not terribly clear whether we're going to get a continuation of Kate and Jeanette's story, or something new entirely. 

"We know we’re going to deliver a super-twisty mystery, we know we’re going to live with some interesting characters and their psychology and talk about some important stuff like we did with grooming in season 1," showrunner Tia Napolitano told Entertainment Weekly. "Other than that, it’s completely open-ended at this point."

However, the show's creators are keen on exploring heavy topics that might not necessarily be confronted otherwise. Grooming was a big subject in the first season, and Napolitano suspects that the show will tackle something similar for the next season. 

"We want to talk about something important along with the mystery and the character studies," she told BuzzFeed

Who is returning for Cruel Summer season 2?

Kate (Olivia Holt) will be making a returning for season 2, though no one is entirely sure what her role in the series will look like now. She took to Twitter to share the exciting news. (Fingers crossed we get a few more hints before 2022!)

Jeanette (Chiara Aurelia) did retweet Olivia's post, so we know she's onboard as well, though she, too, is keeping things under wraps. Chiara is continuing her streak of edge-of-your-seat roles by premiering in the recreation of R.L. Stine's Fear Street, which appeared on Netflix on July 2nd. 

How to watch Cruel Summer season 1

No matter your location, we'll tell you how to watch Cruel Summer from anywhere in the world. After all, no one should miss out on the '90s YA thriller.

US fans completely devoured the show on FreeForm and can enjoy another binge of the teen mystery series via Hulu. As of August 6th, viewers in the UK are able to watch Cruel Summer on Amazon Prime. 

For those who are not members—or live outside of the UK—can stream the show with the help of a VPN. Our favorite VPN service is ExpressVPN—rated the best VPN in the world right now, by our colleagues at TechRadar. 

After you've installed your VPN, all you have to do is connect by picking a US location, and head over to the Freeform website to watch Cruel Summer.

We might have some time before we revisit the fictional town of Skylin, Texas, there are plenty of scary movies on Netflix to satisfy fans of mysteries and thrillers until season two rolls around!