For months, fans of Netflix’s series “Fauda,” about an elite Israeli undercover commando unit operating in the West Bank, have been anxiously waiting for the show’s second season to drop.
TheWrap has exclusively learned that date has finally been set.
The second season, which premiered in Israel on New Year’s Eve, will be storming Netflix on Thursday, May 24, at midnight PT in all countries where the streaming service is available, except France and Israel.
Written by Israeli veteran journalist Avi Issacharoff and the series’ lead actor Lior Raz, the show centers around a team of “mistaravim,” Israeli commando soldiers who speak Arabic and operate undercover inside Palestinian territory. With both Arabic and Hebrew dialogue — the first season told the story of a top Israeli agent, who comes out of retirement to hunt for a Palestinian militant he thought he’d killed.
In Season 2, the team will be facing a new enemy, who is threatening to dismantle the entire region at any cost, according to Netflix.
If you’re still not convinced “Fauda” should be your next binge-worthy Netflix offering, consider this: The series has become such a phenomenon, it’s beloved by both Israelis and Palestinians.
Dubbed “The Wire” of the West Bank, the show has been credited with blurring the Israeli-Palestinian divide and bringing some clarity to the disorder and confusion that has long enveloped the Middle East.
Despite the language barrier, “Fauda” (chaos in Arabic), somehow managed to break out of the dark corners of Netflix’s foreign-language section and get noticed by both Hollywood heavy-hitters and New York Times TV critics.
“We gave a face to the other side,” Raz told TheWrap in September. “We show the complexity of the conflict to the point where the viewer doesn’t know how to feel anymore.”
“Fauda” Season 2 is directed by Rotem Shamir and created by Raz, Issacharoff and Amir Mann. The show stars Raz, Shadi Mar’i, Firas Nassar, Boaz Konforty, Doron Ben-David, Tsachi Halevi, Laetitia Eido, Igal Noar and Itzik Cohen.
Watch the trailer in the video above.