From this new image that debuted on Digital Spy, it looks like “synth” Niska has a cunning plan when it comes to laying low in Humans series two – changing from a blonde to a brunette. Did she dye it? Or do synths simply change wigs or have a “change hair colour” button?
Niska went on the run at the end of series one of Channel 4’s hit sci-fi show taking the secret code that gives synths sentience with her. The show is set in a near-future world where synthetic humans are discovering self-determination amidst fear and suspicion from “real” humans.
New additions to cast for series two include Nashville’s Sam Palladio, Prison Break’s Marshall Allman (as a young tech billionaire) and Carrie-Ann Moss as AI expert Dr Athena Morrow.
The second season picks up several months after the events of season one, with Niska (Emily Berrington) still at large and in possession of the consciousness code. Her synth family, Mia (Gemma Chan), Leo (Colin Morgan) and Max (Ivanno Jeremiah), unaware of her location, are each trying to find their place in the world while Joe (Tom Goodman-Hill) and Laura (Katherine Parkinson) attempt to mend their marriage. As unconfirmed reports of synths behaving inexplicably surface, the ripple effects of one simple yet seismic decision sees the past return dramatically and surprisingly to the door of the Hawkins house. Joe, Laura and the entire family are faced with a difficult choice that will put the family under an intense spotlight. As an emerging form of intelligent life – the synths – and an established one – humanity – fight for their places in the world, a thrilling multi-stranded narrative evolves which continues to ask: who has the right to determine what it means to be alive?
Last year Sam Vincent has this to say about season two: “One of the ways we’re going to approach it is to move the world on a little bit. I’m not talking jumping ahead years or anything, just a few months. But what I mean is the synths in society: we’re going to the next level. They’ve gone a bit deeper. They’ve moved into new areas of employment. They’ve moved into new areas of our personal lives… You’re not coming back to a status-quo society. Things are developing fast, as technology does in all areas. There’s lots of new, society-wide effects which we’re going to tell stories in.”