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Primal Season 2: Everything you need to know in 2021

Vignesh C KVignesh-Posted Aug 31, 2021


Primal Season 2

 

The most remarkable part of Primal is its visual storytelling. The non-dialogue and action-driven theme suited the plot and the character development.

 

This ensured a different vibe ruled the story and commanded its direction. The fast pace and danger-filled sequences make it a super thriller fantasy.

 

As its name suggests, it’s a prehistoric world that makes the backdrop of the story.

 

The series is all about the friendship between a caveman and a Tyrannosaurus dinosaur. They can’t talk in a language like you and me.

 

But, their sufferings and sorrow unite them. The next few episodes are all about how they fight but stand together.

 

There were times when either of them would have perished. But, they could withstand it all due to their combined efforts and teamwork.

 

The season ended with a new twist and the change of the usual structure and conflict.

 

Sounds quite exciting, right? Fans who fell in love with the Series are waiting to know about its Second Season.

 

Let’s move on to all the details of it.

 

 

Everything we know about The Primal so far

 

Primal is Genndy Tartakovsky's latest work of art. It has slowly but steadily made its mark on different platforms.

 

You would be familiar with Dexter’s Laboratory and PowerPuff girls. These were some of the projects he worked on, before.

 

It was produced by Cartoon Network Studios and Williams Street. The show was released on Adult Swim.

 

It’s a night-time program block on Cartoon Network. Warner Bros.Television Distribution holds the right for its distribution.

 

Primal was made for the adult audience. It involved a lot of bloody scenes, violence and may have disturbed faint hearts.

 

But beyond all the superficiality, it’s a quite straightforward story. It’s 10 episodes of an adventurous saga.

 

Let’s see how the story was... Each of the 10 episodes follows a similar pattern of telling the story.

 

It revolves around 2 characters showing their struggle and friendship in an anachronistic world. Fang - a Tyrannosaurus dinosaur and Spear - a caveman take the story ahead.

 

The first episode of the first season of the Series was poignant. It shows how the two protagonists met each other and got along.

 

They were enemies, by default and by classification. But got drawn to each other after witnessing tragedy and finding common ground.

 

Spear met Fang after he lost his family to dinosaurs. Fang had two kids with her who got devoured in another dinosaur attack.

 

Though Spear tried his best, he could not help Fang save them. Spear notices Fang faces the same tragedy as his and later Fang follows him.

 

They later fight each other and have minor clashes over food. But, they are forced to unite again when they face another attack.

 

There are many evil creatures like mammoths, warthogs, snakes, apemen, and other dinosaurs in their world.

 

Fang and Spear become a team and hunt some of them for food. Sometimes, they are forced to fight to defend themselves.

 

Fang and Spear put up a great team effort and help each other in crisis.

 

Sometimes, Spear saves Fang from calamities, and other times it was Fang who would save Spear.

 

Let me remind you, all this is pure visual storytelling. The creator Genndy Tartakovsky has crafted it so beautifully, that you can get the story with literally no dialogue.

 

The First Season ended with a new addition to their team - Mira. She made a brief appearance in their lives and went out immediately after the kidnapping.

 

The next season would most likely show her in a major role. The first 5 episodes were aired in 2019 while the rest of it was aired in 2020.

 

In 2019, the first four episodes were made into a film - Primal: Tales of Savagery.

 

It is soon going to be 2 years since the release of Season 1. A season 2 is due.

 

 

Official Announcements and Release date of The Primal Season 2

 

There were no official updates from the producers on Season 2. But, looks like there will be an official update sometime later this year.

 

The release of Season 2 is for sure - there should be no doubt about that.

 

Collider had a chat with Genndy Tartakovsky In October 2020. It was just before the last 5 episodes of Season 1 were aired.

 

In the chat, they had some discussions related to season 2. Back then, he said that he was on the sixth and seventh storyboard of the 2nd season.

 

He also confirmed that they are on their way and will be released on time.

 

Primal Season 2 will also have 10 episodes as Genndy confirmed. But since there have been no official release updates, we can try to assume it.

 

Episode

Date of Airing

1. Spear and Fang

October 8, 2019

2. River of Snakes

October 9, 2019

3. A Cold Death

October 10, 2019

4. Terror Under the Blood Moon

October 11, 2019

5. Rage of the Ape-Men

October 12, 2019

6. Scent of Prey

October 4, 2020

7. Plague of Madness

October 11, 2020

8. Coven of the Damned

October 18, 2020

9. The Night Feeder

October 25, 2020

10. Slave of the Scorpion

November 1, 2020

 

If this pattern would repeat, we may see a release of the next season by October 2021.

 

Also, it may get aired in two halves as we saw in Season 1.

 

 

Ending of Previous season of The Primal

 

The last episode of Primal was Slave of the Scorpion that came out in November 2020.

 

It had a clue for what would come in the next Season. This episode showed the need for dialogue between the characters.

 

It started with Spear and Fang encountering an unfamiliar cavewoman. Spear kills the pliosaur who was chasing her and therefore rescuing her from it.

 

She was restrained with some armlets and a collar. It showed that she was in captivity.

 

Another notable feature was that she was bald and had a scorpion tattoo at the back of her head.

 

She joins Fang and Spear in their journey after introducing herself as Mira. She tells Spear her story through sand drawings.

 

It revealed how she got enslaved by some invaders and her brave escape from them.

 

Mira was good at cooking and she showed her archery skills during a fight. One day, they took refuge in a cave where Mira prayed to the moon like she did every night.

 

It was a prayer for her family who was still held captive. She was kidnapped the next day by some Apemen.

 

After Fang and Spear ran out to find her, they discovered the Apemen were killed.

 

There were also other footprints around them. Those led them to a river where they saw Mira on a ship.

 

She was kidnapped again as Spear watched on helplessly. The sails of the ship had the same scorpion mark that was on her head.

 

 

Popularity Details of The Primal Season 2

 

Primal being a show on TV has a decent online presence. Since it’s relatively new, its popularity is still growing.

 

Let’s take a look at its online presence.

 

Twitter Account

 All official updates of Primal are shared from the Twitter account @adultswim.

 

Adult Swim is the nighttime program block of Cartoon Network. It was marketed as a separate wing for the different genres broadcast on it.

 

It would be incorrect to judge The Primal’s popularity from this page. But, this is the page you have to look for all updates on it.

 

Reddit Community Primal has a growing sub-community on Reddit. It’s under r/PrimalShow. They have a moderately active forum for discussions.

 

This would be the best place if you’re looking for other fans to discuss more.

 

Google Search

monthly searches for primal season 2

 

Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal was a hot topic even in 2017. This was approximately 2 years before it was aired on Television.

 

You can notice the sharp spikes in September and October of 2019. This was the time it was aired on Adult Swim and reached more viewers.

 

Google Trend

google trends for primal season 2

 

Since it was a prehistoric-themed cartoon, The Primal found it easy to make inroads all over the world.

 

You can have a look at this and see the reach it got. Since it was a movie with no dialogue, it was bound to reach every corner of the world.

 

That explains its popularity in Latin America, Russia, Europe, and Asian countries.

 

 

Expected Plot of The Primal Season 2

 

Primal Season 1 ended with Mira getting kidnapped on a ship. It also had the same scorpion mark on its sail.

 

It was also the first time dialogue became prominent in the series. As she was taken away, Spear calls her name out of helplessness.

 

She was one of Spear’s ways out of madness in the horrific world they lived in.

 

She represented hope and a change for him. The second season would most likely stay within the same scope as the first one.

 

Going by the ending of Season 1, season 2 may be about tracking down Mira.

 

But, there are a lot of interesting things that can happen. The tattoo at the back of her head and the same one on the ship are a clue.

 

Reports state that there would be 10 episodes in Season 2 too. This means that the pursuit of Mira would be the main plot.

 

The final episodes may give way to a new lead and a subsequent story after this.

 

Anyway, it depends on the creator of this and how he has destined the pursuit to end.

 

 

Why The Primal Season 2?

 

Primal Season 1 was just the beginning of the long saga. Fans of Season 1 are eagerly waiting for the next one.

 

It got very good reviews and found acceptance. The film that retold the first four episodes did well too.

 

The initial response for Primal’s first half of Season 1 was positive. The most striking feature of it was the beautiful storytelling with no dialogue.

 

This factor alone earned it a lot of positive reviews and praises. The conflict between Spear and Fang with the other creatures of the world was good enough.

 

But, without something new, it would be hard to entertain fans. That’s why Mira enters in the last episode.

 

Mira is a new element in this story. Her entry changes the dimension of the plot.

 

After her brief but strong presence, she almost becomes the central character. Her tattoo and the same symbol on the ship’s sail are intriguing.

 

Her kidnapping brings a new sense of direction to the plot. The Primal’s Season 1 won the hearts of many fans too, who want the next Season.

 

Commercially, it had good prospects. We will discuss more that in the latter part of this article.

 

Let’s look into the online reactions.

 

 

Online Reactions for The Primal Season 2

 

Online reactions to a show are its life. The more a show is discussed, the more it reaches new audiences.

 

It also helps the creators understand and sense the pulse of the viewers. Let’s look into the reactions across various platforms.

 

Quora Reaction

quora reaction on primal season 2

 

This is a crisp and short review of The Primal, given by a Quora user.

 

It’s an answer to a question that answers what genre The Primal is. However, the user refers to the second part of Season 1 as Season 2.

 

Season 1 was aired in 2 parts (5 episodes in each). The seventh episode of the Season was aired during Adult Swim's April Fools' Day 2020 run.

 

Reddit Reaction

reddit reaction on primal season 2

 

Reddit has a lot of discussion on The Primal. But, we have selected this one to show how popular it has become.

 

A member posted this meme showing how popular The Primal has become. The Primal owes its popularity to the balance between beauty and brutality.

 

The sudden change of emotions and light moments in the dark, make it so popular.

 

Twitter Reaction

twitter reaction for primal season 2

 

Twitter is abuzz with tweets each hour demanding Season 2 of The Primal. Though the first season was released in 2019, many viewers noticed it post 2020.

 

Fans of The Primal are also celebrating the expected release of Season 2. This is even before Season 1 was released.

 

 

Ratings and Reviews of The Primal

 

Ratings and Reviews show a much deeper picture of The Primal. The reason being such online rating and reviewing websites are more niched down.

 

They have a much aware audience and member base.

 

Ratings

IMDb rating for primal

 

For ratings, let’s look at IMDb’s page of The Primal. Most of the users have rated it 10/10.

 

That’s almost one-third of the total votes. The second most number of ratings are those rating it for 9/10.

 

The arithmetic means ratings are 8.7/10 while the median ratings stand at 9/10. This shows that the show has received proper approval from the niched audience.

 

Here’s a list of ratings from other websites.

 

Websites

Ratings

Rottentomatoes.com (Tomatometer)

100%

Rottentomatoes.com (Audience Score)

97%

Metacritic.com (Metascore)

87/100

Metacritic.com (User Score)

9.2/10

Metacritic.com (User Score for Season 1)

7.7/10

IMDb (User Ratings)

8.7/10

 

It’s incredible to see that The Primal got 100% on the Tomatometer of rottentomatoes.com. Let’s now look into the reviews of The Primal.

 

Reviews

The Primal received positive reviews and praises from critics. 

 

reviews on primal

 

Actor Steve Greene reviewed The Primal on Indiewire and gave it an “A-”. It was titled ‘Primal’ Review: Genndy Tartakovsky’s Fantastic Prehistoric Saga Finds Beauty in Brutality.

 

He highlighted the beauty of the no dialogue series, in his review. Here’s what he had to say:

 

Primal is a piece of elemental storytelling that finds some real emotional depth without either of its protagonists uttering a single word of dialogue.

 

Above are some top critic’s reviews from rottentomatoes.com. Do read them especially if you have not watched all the episodes of The Primal.

 

The top critics’ reviews are something that will make you watch the series.

 

 

Awards and Recognitions of The Primal

 

The Primal received many awards and accolades. We have made a detailed table below with the details of those.

 

Award

Category

Primetime Emmy Awards

Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation

Primetime Emmy Awards

Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation

Primetime Emmy Awards

Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation

Annie Awards

Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production

Annie Awards

Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production

 

Primal was also nominated for the 2021 Emmy awards. It was under the Outstanding Animated Program category.

 

The results are still pending as the voting will go on till August 30th. The movie Primal: Tales of Savagery was submitted in the Best Animated Feature category for the 92nd Academy Awards.

 

Unfortunately, it could not get nominated.

 

 

Production and Success of The Primal

 

The Primal was jointly produced by Cartoon Network Studios and Williams Street. The distribution of The Primal was handled by Warner Bros. Television Distribution.

 

Genndy Tartakovsky the creator of The Primal was an executive producer too. Let’s look into the commercial aspect of The Primal to see its costs and profits.

 

Production cost

There’s not much information available about the exact production costs of The Primal. But we can estimate it from similar shows.

 

Shows like Aqua Teen, Frisky Dingo, etc cost close to $60,000 per episode. While shows Boondocks cost $ 400,000.

 

Though The Primal would not have cost that much, it would be somewhere from $60-100,000.

 

This is just a rough estimate.

 

Streaming, DVD, and Bluray

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment released the DVD in June 2021. It had all the episodes of Season 1 and costs $20.

 

There is not much info on the sales volume. It will be updated accordingly. It is also available for streaming on HBO Max (in case you want to watch it).

 

Box Office

Since the whole Season of The Primal came out recently, there’s very little info. As of now, there may not be anything to break even.

 

Let’s wait for the release of the second season to get more clarity.

 

 

Famous Characters We Hope To See in The Primal Season 2

 

There are 2 protagonists if you view Season one, alone. But if you consider things in the longer run, there could be 3.

 

The dialogue in The Primal is minimal. There’s nothing much apart from grunts, roars, and shouts.

 

Spears family appears as flashbacks in many episodes. But, they don’t have much role to play in the plot.

 

Now, let’s see who are the main characters that can influence Season 2 and its plot.

 

Spear (voice by Aaron LaPlante)

Spear

 

Spear is the caveman in The Primal. He had a wife and two kids who are eaten by dinosaurs.

 

He tries to commit suicide at first. He meets Fang (a Tyrannosaurus dinosaur) and they become a team.

 

Though they had some fights and issues between them, they reconciled later. Fang becomes Spear’s savior during some mishaps.

 

He then becomes her loyal friend.

 

Fang

Fang

 

Fang is a medium-sized female Tyrannosaurus. She has 2 children whom she loses to a dinosaur attack.

 

It was at that time she met Spear. Spear also lost his kids to the same predators.

 

She tries to dominate Spear and it ends in a fight. But their rivalry was short-lived.

 

They had to reconcile when they faced a new opponent. But, this leaves a scar on Fang and she fears everything that resembles a snake.

 

Mira (voice by Laetitia Eido-Mollon)

Mira

 

Mira is a bald cavewoman who had a scorpion tattoo on her head. She was saved by Fang and Spear.

 

She uses some native language with grunts and sand drawings to communicate with Spear. That’s how she tells them about how she escaped from captivity.

 

She also has a family who is enslaved and wants to save them. She comes across as a skilled archer and a good cook.

 

She worships the moon as she believes it will help her enslaved family. But, at the end of the last episode in Season 1, she is kidnapped again.

 

 

Conclusion

 

Production of The Primal Season 2 would have been completed by now. There’s confirmation of the second Season from the animator Genndy Tartakovsky.

 

Most probably, the release of Season 2 would be in October 2021. But, let’s wait for the official update from Adult Swim.

 

If you have not watched Season 1 of The Primal, please check it on HBO Max.

 

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