|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Original network||DC Universe|
|Original release||September 6 –|
November 29, 2019
The second season of the American superhero streaming television series Titans premiered on DC Universe on September 6, 2019, and concluded on November 29, 2019, consisting of 13 episodes. It was executive produced by Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Greg Walker, with Walker serving as showrunner for the second consecutive season. Created by Goldsman, Johns, and Berlanti, the series is based on the DC Comics team Teen Titans. Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft, and Ryan Potter return to the main cast from the previous season, joined by season 1 guest stars Curran Walters, Conor Leslie, Minka Kelly, and Alan Ritchson and series newcomers Chelsea Zhang, Joshua Orpin, and Esai Morales. The season also introduces Damaris Lewis, who would join the main cast in the following season. It is currently the only season to feature Zhang and Morales.
The season sees Dick Grayson (Thwaites) form a new Titans team comprising Rachel Roth (Croft), Gar Logan (Potter), and Jason Todd (Walters) in his original San Francisco base. Concurrent with the Titans' return, an old enemy resurfaces in the form of Deathstroke (Morales), whose past conflict with the original Titans team of Dick, Donna Troy (Leslie), Dawn Granger (Kelly), and Hank Hall (Ritchson) caused them to disband. As Deathstroke looks to eliminate the Titans, with his daughter Rose Wilson (Zhang) also taking part in the fight, the heroes face another threat from Cadmus Laboratories when they encounter runaway test subject Conner (Orpin). Meanwhile, Kory Anders (Diop) discovers she is being hunted by her sister Blackfire (Lewis).
A second season of Titans was confirmed in 2018 prior to the premiere of the first season. Filming began the following year and 13 episodes were announced, two more than the 11 episodes of its predecessor. The season was originally planned to feature H.I.V.E. as the Titans' enemies, while Dick would operate under his new mantle of Nightwing after assuming the identity in the initially intended season 1 finale. Before the start of filming, however, the original season 1 finale would be removed and reworked into the second season, which provided a new resolution to the previous season's story in its premiere episode. The second season was subsequently re-envisioned to depict Dick's gradual transformation into Nightwing, with Deathstroke replacing H.I.V.E. Its story was influenced by the 1984 comic arc "The Judas Contract" from Marv Wolfman and George Pérez's The New Teen Titans and the 2003 Teen Titans comics by Johns.
Critical reception to the second season was generally positive. While episodes in the first half and the early 2nd half of the season received positive reviews, the premiere and later episodes were met with a more negative response for the plot, writing, character arcs, and story resolutions. The second season was the last to release on DC Universe following the repurposing of the service into comic distributor DC Universe Infinite and HBO Max's acquisition of its original programming.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date||Prod.|
|12||1||"Trigon"||Carol Banker||Akiva Goldsman & Geoff Johns & Greg Walker||September 6, 2019||T13.21651|
|Hank, Dawn, and Jason join Donna and Kory in attempting to stop Trigon, but they all succumb to his powers. Trigon breaks Rachel's will by having the heroes attempt to beat Gar to death. With Rachel under his control, Trigon begins to destroy life around him, starting with Angela. However, a still-alive Gar uses his friendship with Rachel to free her. In turn, Rachel saves Dick before defeating her father and freeing the rest. Afterwards, the heroes go their separate ways, with Dick accompanied by Jason, Rachel, and Gar. Dick meets with Bruce to reconcile and reestablish the Titans in San Francisco. Bruce agrees for Dick lead a new team under the condition that Jason joins. Meanwhile, Deathstroke comes out of retirement when he learns the Titans have resurfaced.|
|13||2||"Rose"||Nathan Hope||Richard Hatem||September 13, 2019||T13.21652|
|Three months after Trigon's defeat, Dick continues to train his team at Titans Tower, where Rachel's powers begin to act strangely. Dick attempts to recruit a female metahuman he rescues into the Titans, despite her resistance to receiving help. Jason and Gar identify the young woman as Rose Wilson, Deathstroke's daughter. Hank and Dawn have retired to Wyoming, but tensions ensue when Hank discovers Dawn is continuing to operate as Dove. In Chicago, Kory and Donna fight crime together and capture rogue metahuman Shimmer. Dawn, Hank, and Donna are forced to reunite with Dick when an escaped Dr. Arthur Light begins targeting the Titans. Kory encounters fellow Tamaranean Faddei, who takes her captive.|
|14||3||"Ghosts"||Kevin Tancharoen||Tom Pabst||September 20, 2019||T13.21653|
|At the Titans Tower, Donna, Hank, and Dawn meet Dick, who notifies them that Deathstroke is pursuing Rose in the city. Rose reveals to Dick that she is attempting to assassinate Deathstroke because he killed her brother Jericho. Working together against the Titans, Deathstroke tells Dr. Light of his plan to separate the weaker members from the group. After Dr. Light escapes from the original team, Jason convinces Gar to search for him on their own. Jason defeats Dr. Light, but is ambushed by Deathstroke. Meanwhile, Faddei informs Kory that her sister Blackfire has ordered her return to Tamaran to become queen. A call from Rachel about losing control of her powers, however, prompts Kory to trap Faddei in her ship and travel back to her friends.|
|15||4||"Aqualad"||Glen Winter||Jamie Gorenberg||September 27, 2019||T13.21654|
|Five years before the present day, an assignment sends Deathstroke to San Francisco where Jericho and his mother Adeline are hiding. Assisted by new member Garth, the original Titans capture Dr. Light. Garth and Donna harbor romantic feelings for each other, but Donna has resisted Garth's advances because the Amazons require that she return to Themyscira. After the two ultimately have a sexual encounter, Garth learns from Dick that Donna will be leaving immediately. When Garth appears before Donna at an airport to persuade her to stay, he is shot by Deathstroke. The surviving members of the team dedicate themselves to hunting Deathstroke down. A week later, Jericho is befriended by Dick, unaware that Dick seeks revenge against his father.|
|16||5||"Deathstroke"||Nick Gomez||Bianca Sams||October 4, 2019||T13.21655|
|After killing Dr. Light, Deathstroke informs the heroes that he will release Jason in exchange for Rose. The original Titans explain their situation to Kory after she arrives, as Gar, Rachel, and Rose eavesdrop on the conversation. Rose attempts to escape when she learns the team is considering surrendering her, causing her to nearly be killed by Rachel's unstable powers. Dick tells his teammates they will ambush Deathstroke under the guise of making the exchange, but secretly meets with Deathstroke in a skyscraper to offer his life for Jason's. Unmoved, Deathstroke reveals he has bound Jason to a scaffold rigged with explosives. Kory intervenes, but she and Dick are unable to stop Deathstroke from activating the explosives, sending Jason falling from the skyscraper.|
|17||6||"Conner"||Alex Kalymnios||Richard Hatem||October 11, 2019||T13.21656|
|In Metropolis, Subject 13 escapes from Cadmus Laboratories with Krypto, calling himself "Conner" after the nametag on a uniform he takes. Memories bring Conner to Lionel Luthor's Kansas home before Mercy Graves' team, accompanied by Dr. Eve Watson, attacks him. Defeating the team, Conner confronts Eve, who reveals she created him from the DNA of Superman and Lex Luthor. Eve takes Conner to the original Cadmus facility in San Francisco to help him better understand himself and the traits he shares with his DNA hosts. Urging him to flee, Eve also warns Conner not to draw attention to himself by using his powers, but Conner disregards her warning when he sees Jason falling. Upon saving Jason, Conner is shot with kryptonite bullets as Graves' team recaptures Krypto.|
|18||7||"Bruce Wayne"||Akiva Goldsman||Bryan Edward Hill||October 18, 2019||T13.21657|
|Dick leaves Titans Tower to search for Deathstroke while a hallucination of Bruce torments him over his guilty conscience. In Dick's absence, the team find items planted around the tower that remind them of painful memories. Jason is accused by the other Titans of being responsible, until Dick's search uncovers that Deathstroke has infiltrated the tower. With Jason contemplating suicide over the recent events, Dick admits to him that he is at fault for what has transpired because he killed Jericho. Eve arrives at the tower after freeing Krypto, where she finds Conner dying from kryptonite poisoning. When Eve informs Kory that Conner can only be healed by solar radiation, Kory uses her powers to save him.|
|19||8||"Jericho"||Toa Fraser||Kate McCarthy||October 25, 2019||T13.21658|
|In 2014, the Titans use their friendship with Jericho to obtain information on Deathstroke. Against Dawn's advice to leave him out of their battle, Dick recruits Jericho into the team upon discovering the powers he possesses. Jericho agrees to join when Dick tells him the truth about his father and the heroes' search for him. After learning of the Titans' contact with Jericho, Deathstroke severely injures Donna as a warning to stay away from his son. Dick responds by confronting Deathstroke amid a private meeting between him and Jericho, prompting a fight that ends in Deathstroke's favor. Before Deathstroke can kill Dick, however, Jericho is stabbed instead when he jumps in front of his father's blade. Afterwards, the Titans disband.|
|20||9||"Atonement"||Boris Mojsovski||Jeffrey David Thomas||November 1, 2019||T13.21659|
|After Dick reveals the truth about Jericho's death, all of the Titans except Gar leave Titans Tower. Jason and Rose depart together, while Rachel accompanies Donna before escaping to be on her own. Gar takes Conner out in public, leading to disaster when Conner attacks the police. Dick encounters Deathstroke, who declares their fight over if Dick remains isolated from his friends, but will eliminate the Titans if they reform. Heeding Deathstroke's warning, Dick has himself arrested by assaulting airport security. Believing their presence together harms others, Hank breaks up with Dawn. Kory learns she and Faddei are being hunted by Blackfire, who became queen after murdering their parents. Forced to kill Faddei when Blackfire takes over his body, Kory vows to pursue her sister.|
|21||10||"Fallen"||Kevin Sullivan||Jamie Gorenberg||November 8, 2019||T13.21660|
|Incarcerated at the Kane County Correctional Facility, Dick helps undocumented immigrants Rafi and Luis escape prison before they can be deported to Corto Maltese. Rachel joins a group of runaways led by Dani after she uses her powers to save Dani from her abusive father Caleb, unaware she also caused his death. Conner is found at Titans Tower by Mercy, who convinces him to return to Cadmus by assuring him they can fix his personality shifts. Mercy takes an interest in Gar when he is brought to Cadmus with Conner and Krypto. Searching for Rachel, Donna uncovers the aftermath of Cadmus' assault on the tower.|
|22||11||"E.L._.O."||Millicent Shelton||Bianca Sams||November 15, 2019||T13.21661|
|While in isolation, Dick realizes Jericho is still alive inside of Deathstroke's body. Kory, Rachel, Donna, and Dawn are lured to the Elko Diner by Bruce in an effort to reunite the team. Learning of Dick's incarceration, Rachel and Kory head off to rescue him, while Donna and Dawn leave to search for Gar. When they raid the prison, Rachel and Kory find Dick's cell empty, with a message about Jericho being alive. Rose, growing close to Jason, informs Deathstroke that she is done helping him manipulate the Titans. Mercy has Gar subjected to an experiment that causes him to involuntarily turn violent upon command.|
|23||12||"Faux Hawk"||Larnell Stovall||Tom Pabst||November 22, 2019||T13.21662|
|Gar is unwillingly used by Cadmus to violently unleash his powers in public, which Mercy plans to culminate with an attack on a carnival. Donna and Dawn plan to stop Cadmus when they learn about Gar's and Conner's brainwashing. Unable to find Dick, Kory and Rachel return to San Francisco to also rescue Gar, while Kory's powers begin to diminish. Rose admits to Jason that she had been helping Deathstroke, causing Jason to leave her. With the Titans reuniting, Deathstroke contacts Rose to join him in eliminating them. After Adeline informs Dick of Deathstroke's plans and asks him to save Jericho, Dick obtains a new costume. In Wyoming, Hank struggles with drug addiction while working as a cage fighter.|
|24||13||"Nightwing"||Carol Banker||Richard Hatem & Greg Walker||November 29, 2019||T13.21663|
|Rose, joining Dick's side, kills Deathstroke while Jericho jumps into her body. Advertising him as a supersoldier to potential bidders, Mercy has the brainwashed Conner defeat Gar at the carnival before sending him after the Titans when they intervene. The team frees Gar and Conner from their brainwashing and defeat Cadmus, but Donna is killed when she prevents a damaged transmission tower from landing on civilians. In the aftermath, Rachel leaves for Themyscira with Donna's body in an attempt to resurrect her, Jason departs by himself, and Dick, Kory, Gar, Hank, Dawn, Rose, and Conner form a new Titans team. Elsewhere, Blackfire arrives on Earth by taking over the body of a pregnant woman.|
Main article: List of Titans characters
Dog actors Digby, Lacey, and Wrigley portray Krypto, a dog possessing Kryptonian powers who accompanies Conner.
Payne Novak portrays Lex Luthor and Clark Kent as children.
Ahead of the series' premiere at New York Comic Con in October 2018, Titans was renewed for a second season. At the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con, the second season's premiere was announced for September 6, 2019, on DC Universe and would consist of 13 episodes. Greg Walker returned as showrunner from the first season, who also served as an executive producer alongside Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti, and Sarah Schechter.
The season was the last to release on DC Universe due to its original programming moving to HBO Max in 2021 and the repurposing of the service into comic distributor DC Universe Infinite.
The second season was initially planned to follow the events of the original season 1 finale, which would have seen Dick Grayson assume the identity of Nightwing and establish H.I.V.E. as the Titans' next adversaries. After the original season 1 finale was pulled, elements of the episode were given to the season 2 premiere, which became the resolution of season 1's Trigon story. H.I.V.E. was replaced by Deathstroke, while Dick's arc into Nightwing was re-envisoned to conclude in the season 2 finale.
Series regulars Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft, and Ryan Potter reprise their roles from the first season as Dick Grayson, Kory Anders, Rachel Roth, and Gar Logan. Season 1 guest stars Curran Walters, Conor Leslie, Minka Kelly, and Alan Ritchson also return as Jason Todd, Donna Troy, Dawn Granger, and Hank Hall, after being promoted to series regular status.
In February 2019, it was announced that Joshua Orpin had been cast as Conner for season two, taking over for body double Brooker Muir in the first season. After the character was teased by co-creator Geoff Johns, Esai Morales was cast as Deathstroke in March 2019, with Chella Man and Chelsea Zhang announced as his children Jericho and Rose. Iain Glen was cast as Bruce Wayne in April 2019, marking the character's first physical appearance after being portrayed by stunt doubles in the first season finale. In June 2019, Natalie Gumede and Drew Van Acker were cast as Mercy Graves and Garth, respectively. Genevieve Angelson was announced as Cadmus Laboratories scientist Dr. Eve Watson the following month. In August 2019, Michael Mosley was revealed to be portraying Dr. Light. Also in August, Oluniké Adeliyi announced on her Instagram she had joined the cast in an undisclosed role that was later revealed as burlesque dancer Mati Matisse and Hanneke Talbot was revealed to be Shimmer. In September 2019, Demore Barnes was revealed to be portraying Wintergreen. Following the character's appearance in an October 2019 trailer, Diop confirmed on her Instagram that Damaris Lewis would be portraying Kory's sister Blackfire, which was also confirmed by Lewis.
Filming for the second season began on April 2, 2019, and concluded on September 20, 2019. Production was temporarily put on hold in July due to accidental death of special effects coordinator Warren Appleby; the season 2 premiere is dedicated in his memory.
The second season premiered in the United States through DC Universe on September 6, 2019, and concluded on November 29, 2019. Outside the United States, the second season became available for streaming via Netflix on January 10, 2020.
On March 3, 2020, the second season was released digitally and to DVD and Blu-Ray.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the second season holds an 81% approval rating based on 21 reviews, with an average rating of 7 out of 10. The critical consensus reads, "Though Titans's sophomore season suffers from a slight slump at the start, it quickly resets itself, building on the momentum from its first season while laying fascinating framework for where the show could go."
The premiere episode "Trigon" was criticized for having story elements originally intended for the season 1 finale. Kevin Yeoman of Screen Rant wrote that the premiere "feels like two distinct episodes roughly stitched together, rather than a proper start to a new season" and "the show's simply carrying too much baggage at the start and is reaching for a conclusion too long after the ostensible end of season 1 to deliver much in the way of a fulfilling resolution or a promising new beginning". Giving the episode a 5.8/10, Jesse Schedeen of IGN called it "an extremely messy episode, with one half tasked with wrapping up Season 1's Trigon storyline and the other laying the groundwork for a new status quo and new villain" and "delivers a very anticlimactic finish to Season 1's story", although he found promise for future episodes. Den of Geek reviewer Aaron Sagers said the premiere "would have served as an excellent season 1 finale", but concluded that "it feels quite a bit like a much-needed course correction for this series" and gave it a 3.5/5.
Following the premiere, early episodes of the season earned a positive reception. In a review for the second episode "Rose", Forbes contributor Linda Maleh called it "the real season premiere" and wrote, "season 2 has taken the best things about season 1, and elevated them". Praising the sixth episode "Conner" and Joshua Orpin's performance in the title role, Sagers said, "it is a strong introduction of the anticipated character, and Titans makes up for the fact we've waited so long in the season for it". Schedeen gave the eighth episode "Jericho" a 9.3/10, which he described as "easily the strongest installment of Titans: Season 2, and a clear contender for the series' best episode overall".
However, the later episodes were received more negatively. In a review for the 11th episode "E.L._.O.", Charles Pulliam-Moore of Gizmodo wrote, "Titans seemingly lost its focus" after the eighth episode and "with just two episodes to go, it doesn't seem possible that the writers are going to be able to wrap things up in satisfying or interesting ways". For the finale "Nightwing", Pulliam-Moore called it "a travesty of epic proportions", criticizing how the episode concluded the season's storylines. The death of Donna Troy in the finale was widely panned as illogical and unnecessary, with several reviewers questioning if electrical discharge from a transmission tower would have been sufficient to kill the character. Although giving the overall episode a 3.5/5, Sagers commented, "Even if I were to accept that Donna couldn't withstand that electrical charge, and even if I could explain why the super-boy [Conner] didn't rush to stop the falling tower, the death played out in cheap fashion, like yet another box that had to be ticked for the finale." Entertainment Weekly's Christian Holub said, "Donna Troy's last-minute death felt so stupidly unnecessary that I can't help but throw up my hands at this whole season finale", describing the scene as "such a stupid death I honestly thought it was a joke at first". Donna's actress Conor Leslie agreed with the criticism during a 2021 interview, noting the episode aired shortly before a Wonder Woman 1984 trailer that depicted Diana Prince unaffected by lightning.