|Season 02 | Number of Episodes: 22|
|Premiere Airdate||October 12, 2018|
|Finale Airdate||May 24, 2019|
|Slogan||Where there's a Will There's A War.|
Season 2 of The CW's American soap opera series Dynasty was renewed on April 2, 2018. The season began airing on October 12, 2018 and consisted of 22 episodes.
WHERE'S THERE'S A WILL, THERE'S A WAR — Off the first season's shocking finale and fatal fire, the resilient Carringtons will rise from the ashes to redefine themselves after a major personal loss, as well as the sale of their family's company. Determined to prove herself the savior of their empire, the cunning and charismatic Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies) will attempt to rebrand her family's dynasty, but a twenty-five year old in charge of liquid billions just might turn out to be a disastrous combination. Almost as disastrous as Fallon's romances... She finds herself falling in love with a man whose family is wealthier and crazier than her own and of whom Blake (Grant Show) does not approve. Nor does Alexis (Nicollette Sheridan), who will find new ways to meddle in her daughter's life as only a mother can. Meanwhile, the rivalry between the Colbys and Carringtons heats up, and the families embark on Atlanta's most outrageous pissing contest, causing new Colbys to come out of the woodwork, namely Blake's half-sister, the iconic Dominique Deveraux, and the arrival of Anders' (Alan Dale) daughter threatens to shake things up when she unpacks her trunk-load of secrets about the Carrington family. Despite all of these rocky relationships, and even more surprise guests slated to rear their heads in Season Two, the Carringtons will once again prove that blood is thicker than oil, and that there's nothing like the diamond-encrusted ties that bind.
- * "Starring" from "Twenty-Three Skidoo" through "Motherly Overprotectiveness"
- ** "Starring" from "Twenty-Three Skidoo through "Snowflakes in Hell", "Parisian Legend Has It..."
- *** "Starring" from "Motherly Overprotectiveness" through "Deception, Jealousy, and Lies"
Special Guest Star
|#||Image||Title||Writer(s)||Director||Airdate||No. in series|
|1||Twenty-Three Skidoo||Sallie Patrick & Christopher Fife||Matt Earl Beesley||October 12, 2018||23|
|SEASON PREMIERE — On the eve of Carrington Atlantic's 100th anniversary, our splintered family struggles to rise from the ashes to redefine themselves as past mistakes emerge, new alliances are forged, and the fate of the Carringtons' legacy falls squarely on Fallon's shoulders.|
|2||Ship of Vipers||Josh Reims & Jenna Richman||Kenny Leon||October 19, 2018||24|
|BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY — While Blake focuses on his own selfish endeavors, Fallon goes to desperate measures to sell Carrington Atlantic to the Van Kirks. Sam and Alexis are determined to validate their suspicions about Melissa. Meanwhile, Anders' daughter Kirby befriends the Colbys in order to seek revenge on Fallon to make her pay for the past.|
|3||The Butler Did It||David M. Israel & Paula Sabbaga||Pascal Verschooris||October 26, 2018||25|
|MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE — Fallon gets in over her head and needs Liam and Culhane's help. Kirby makes a shocking discovery that changes everything, while Blake wines and dines a new guest.|
|4||Snowflakes in Hell||Francisca X. Hu & Audrey Villalobos Karr||Mary Lou Belli||November 2, 2018||26|
|ALL ADVENTURES, TOGETHER, FOREVER — After an earth-shattering reveal, the Carringtons scramble to keep the family together on an expedition abroad, with Fallon playing the unlikely role of peacemaker. Meanwhile, back home, Culhane is coerced into a dangerous endeavor.|
|5||Queen of Cups||Kevin A. Garnett & Jay Gibson||Jeff Byrd||November 9, 2018||27|
|FATE VERSUS FREE WILL — Even as Fallon commits her heart to Culhane, forces she can’t see, and some she can, pull her away. Alexis seemingly makes inroads with Blake but she doesn’t realize she’s pushing him into Cristal’s arms.|
|6||That Witch||Josh Reims & Libby Wells||Tessa Blake||November 16, 2018||28|
|LIONS, AND TIGERS, AND MOTHERS-IN-LAW, OH MY! – Hoping to put Liam in the rear-view, Fallon fights to prove to Culhane’s family, and to herself, that Culhane is her one and only. Blake and Cristal struggle to keep their courtship alive as a paranoid Alexis derails their holiday plans.|
|7||A Temporary Infestation||Jenna Richman||Michael Allowitz||November 30, 2018||29|
|NEW BEGINNINGS — In the wake of a traumatic yet therapeutic Thanksgiving, the Carringtons are ready to embrace a fresh start. As Fallon dives into a new business endeavor, she inadvertently collides with Culhane's secret life. Meanwhile, Sam employs Kirby's help as he embarks on a new personal venture, and as Cristal celebrates the next step of her relationship with Blake, Alexis does her best to drive a wedge between them.|
|8||A Real Instinct for the Jugular||David M. Israel & Francisca X. Hu||Matt Earl Beesley||December 7, 2018||30|
|OLD HABITS DIE HARD – Fallon recruits her mother’s help with wedding planning, only to realize that Alexis may have ulterior motives. Desperately missing Steven, Sam develops a complicated relationship with a member of the Carrington staff. Culhane discovers his dark side as he ventures into a new business partnership.
|9||Crazy Lady||Christopher Fife & Paula Sabbaga||Melanie Mayron||December 21, 2018||31|
|'TIS THE SEASON (FOR A MANHUNT) — As the Carringtons track down a dangerous enemy on Christmas Eve, Fallon and Blake clash on how to best handle the situation, stirring up unresolved grievances. Meanwhile, Cristal suspects Alexis may not be telling the whole truth to the authorities, and Kirby is cast out by Anders for having an immature reaction to the grave situation at hand.|
|10||A Champagne Mood||Josh Reims & Kevin A. Garnett||Michael Allowitz||January 18, 2019||32|
|THE THINGS WE DO FOR FAMILY — In the wake of a horrific accident, Culhane desperately needs Fallon's help and protection, while she needs to process the sheer weight of his lies. Meanwhile, as Blake shows no shame in using family to promote his own self-interest, Cristal is reluctant to reveal a big development.|
|11||The Sight of You||David M. Israel & Audrey Villalobos Karr||Matt Earl Beesley||January 25, 2019||33|
|MAY THE BEST GIRL WIN — Reeling from a series of emotional developments, Fallon decides to round up her gal pals for a restorative "girls' trip" to Idaho, but when the assembled squad arrives to the ski resort, Fallon's hidden agenda quickly reveals itself. Meanwhile, Blake enlists Culhane's in recruiting a star player to his new soccer team, and Alexis teams up with Sam to tackle their blues.|
|12||Filthy Games||Francisca X. Hu & Libby Wells||Geary McLeod||February 1, 2019||34|
|NEVER SURRENDER — Fallon, after a devastating rejection, tries to prove she is still at the top of her game. Sam tries to become a better person in an attempt to salvage his drifting relationship with Steven. Meanwhile, Alexis schemes to drive a wedge between Blake and Cristal.|
|13||Even Worms Can Procreate||Christopher Fife & Jay Gibson||Viet Nguyen||February 8, 2019||35|
|FAMILY MATTERS — Cristal and Blake have a surprise visitor show up who threatens to unravel their relationship, while Fallon goes to war with Culhane when he becomes a power player at Carrington Atlantic.|
|14||Parisian Legend Has It...||Sallie Patrick & Jenna Richman||Pascal Verschoori||March 15, 2019||36|
|EVERYTHING’S GOING TO BE OKAY – As Blake seeks justice in the wake of a disturbing crime, Fallon and Sam covertly fly to Paris to investigate the truth behind a distressing phone call.|
|15||Motherly Overprotectiveness||David M. Isreal & Paula Sabbaga||Brandi Bradburn||March 22, 2019||37|
|MUM’S THE WORD – While Fallon and Sam struggle to keep a secret from bubbling to the surface, their attempts are complicated by the arrival of a mysterious stranger. As Blake is occupied up with familial matters, Cristal teams up with Culhane to face a brewing crisis at the Atlantix soccer office.|
|16||Miserably Ungrateful Men||Garrett Oakley & Bryce Schramm||Jeff Byrd||March 29, 2019||38|
|PRODIGAL DAUGHTER - When a damaging article is released that threatens the strength of the Carrington reputation, Fallon seeks to get ahead of the narrative by fast tracking a slate-cleaning memoir. Meanwhile, Blake throws a celebratory party, and Cristal asks Sam to chaperone an intimidating visitor while she attempts to manage a tricky situation.|
|17||How Two-Faced Can You Get?||Christopher Fife & Kevin A. Garnett||Joanna Kerns||April 19, 2019||39|
|GLOWING UP – Fallon’s acquisition of a new publishing company brings an unexpected person from her past into the fold, forcing her to deal with the emotional and financial ramifications. Meanwhile, Blake is suspicious when a disgruntled Jeff shows up on the Atlantix doorstep, and Cristal fears her old family will seek revenge on her new one.|
|18||Life is A Masquerade Party||Josh Reims & Aubrey Villalobos Karr||Jeff Byrd||April 26, 2019||40|
|BEHIND THE MASK - Romantic issues surface between Fallon and Liam when she uses a public misconception to try and boost pre-sales of his soon to be released book. Meanwhile, when Sam plans a masquerade ball to roll out his new identity as a single man, Adam uses it as an opportunity to unveil the “new” Alexis to the family.|
|19||This Illness of Mine||Jay Gibson & Francisca X. Hu||Matt Earl Beesley||May 3, 2019||41|
|BAD BLOOD – As Fallon prepares for the launch of Liam’s book, Liam’s mother returns to Atlanta with a shocking announcement that could derail Fallon’s plans with Liam. While Blake and Cristal partner up to pursue a nefarious new scheme, Jeff and Culhane get closer to exposing Blake for his illicit activities.|
|20||New Lady in Town||David M. Israel||Elodie Keene||May 10, 2019||42|
|MAMA’S HOME – Fallon and Liam team up to exact revenge against Adam, who’s been sabotaging Fallon’s business and personal endeavors. Jeff’s recovery from a mysterious illness is complicated by the arrival of a potent figure from his past -- his mother, Dominique.|
|21||Thicker Than Money||Jenna Richman & Kevin A. Garnett||Ken Fink||May 17, 2019||43|
|A TALE OF TWO DYNASTIES - Fallon’s pursuit of a game-changing deal for Femperial is complicated when Blake asks her to mentor Adam in all things Carrington and help him retain control of the Atlantix. Meanwhile, a rift arises between Blake and Cristal when he asks her to choose between her family and his.|
|22||Deception, Jealousy, and Lies||Christopher Fife & Paula Sabbaga||Michael Allowitz||May 24, 2019||44|
|WHAT LIES BENEATH – As various members of the Carrington family make the ultimate decision between preserving their legacies and protecting their personal relationships, allegiances are tested... while dark secrets from the past resurface.|
Spoilers and Notes
Dynasty was renewed for a 22-episode second season on April 2, 2018. A May 2018 press release teased that the show would introduce Blake's half-sister Dominique Deveraux, Jeff and Monica's mother, in season two. In March 2019, the role was cast with Michael Michele. In December 2018, AlloCiné reported that Dynasty would film an episode in Paris and its suburbs in January 2019 during Paris Fashion Week. Dynasty was renewed for a third season on January 31, 2019. In May 2019, Deadline Hollywood reported that co-executive producer Josh Reims would succeed Sallie Patrick as executive producer and showrunner for season three.
In May 2018, TVLine reported that Nicollette Sheridan would be a series regular for the second season. In June 2018, original cast member Nathalie Kelley, who portrayed Celia Machado a.k.a. Cristal Flores Carrington, told E! News that she would not be returning for season two. The CW announced in August 2018 that Ana Brenda Contreras had been cast as "the real Cristal Flores" for the second season. Maddison Brown was also cast as Anders' daughter, Kirby, and Sharon Lawrence portrayed the guest role of Liam's mother, Laura Van Kirk. Grant Show's wife Katherine LaNasa joined the cast in October 2018 in the recurring role of Ada Stone.
In November 2018, The CW confirmed that James Mackay would no longer be a series regular after the first four episodes of season two, but would return later in the season. The CW announced on February 25, 2019 that Sheridan would be leaving Dynasty to focus on "some personal family responsibilities." Sheridan said in her own statement that she was leaving to spend more time with her terminally ill mother in Los Angeles. She last appeared in the episode "Motherly Overprotectiveness".In March 2019, Sam Underwood began appearing as Blake and Alexis's kidnapped eldest child, Adam. Elizabeth Gillies, who was already playing Fallon on the show, took over the role after Sheridan's departure near the end of the second season. Her three-episode portrayal was a temporary recast to give producers time to find a suitable replacement for Sheridan. On March 22, 2019, it was announced that Michael Michele had been cast as Blake's half-sister Dominique. Michele first appeared in "New Lady in Town."
In a review of the first nine episodes, Hidden Remote critic Georgia Makitalo gave the second season a letter grade of a B, noting that it's "more for the bigger story that I believe the writers are setting up for viewers," and that the grade could drop to a D if the storylines do not improve soon. Praise was given to the stunning and campy scenes that "make the show worth watching," such as The Great Gatsby inspired party and the Wizard of Oz dream sequence. Criticism was geared toward the lack of direction since selling Carrington Atlantic, noting that "Fallon needs something to do," as well as the Colbys' lack of screentime.
Makitalo was also disappointed in Alexis' development in the second season, stating:
- Elizabeth Gillies is the clear star of the reboot, although it appears that the producers believe it is Nicollette Sheridan. While the former Desperate Housewives star brings a lot of gravitas and camp to the CW show, the writers have failed her as well. Alexis clearly has a back story that they have failed to uncover. Thus, Alexis is hardly sympathetic, and they are wasting Sheridan's exceptional talents.
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