5 Shocking Secrets: Indian Summers Season 2
It’s been three years since we last left Alice, Aafrin, Ralph, Cynthia, and the other social shakers of Simla. At the opening of Season 2, the community's future is more uncertain than ever—long-buried secrets are coming to light, civic unrest is boiling over, and those vying for power have raised the stakes. A day of reckoning is coming, but who will emerge unscathed?
Before Season 2 airs on Sundays, Sept. 11 - Nov. 20 at 10/9c, get a sneak peek at the action ahead. The old players are back for a new game, and it’s going to be more intense, compelling, and yes—shocking—than ever.
1. Meet Mrs. Havistock
The mysterious Alice Whelan first arrived in Simla with baby Percy in tow, but sans husband. Although she introduced herself as a widow, we soon learned the truth—She abandoned her husband in London, and he sent spies to Simla to look for her. In Season 2, she’s introduced not as Alice Whelan, but as Mrs. Havistock. Is this husband a new acquaintance, or the man she jilted for the hills of India? And in either case, will he learn of her romance with Aafrin, or is their dalliance doomed to the past?
Insider Secret: Prepare to meet a cruel, demented man who is quick to punish Alice for perceived wrongs, who holds the key to keeping her by his side, and who will break whatever—or whomever—stands in his way.
2. (Double) Double Agent
At the end of Season 1, fed up with the system he had been playing into for so long, Aafrin turned his back on the Raj and went rogue. Now, he’s deeply invested in the independence movement, along with his current girlfriend Kaira. But what started as peaceful protests and pamphlets is slowing brewing into something more sinister; some separatists, including Aafrin’s colleague Naresh, are ready for blood. The ambitious Aafrin has always been torn between two worlds—the colonists on the hill and his Parsi roots—and we’re sure to see more inner conflict in Season 2. Has the Hamlet of Simla found his true purpose? Or will the strings connecting him to the colonists prove too strong to sever? Until he discovers his truth, no one is safe from double-crossing.
Insider Secret: Expect a violent tragedy that kills a key player and rocks Simla to its core, as independence movement tensions reach an all-time high.
3. Winner Take Office
Ralph Whelan has always known his destiny: to be Viceroy of India. He sacrificed everything for it, even abandoning his native love Jaya, and letting the innocent Ramu Sood hang to avoid his own name being tarnished. In Season 2, Viceroy Willingdon is ready to step down, a year earlier than anticipated. But there are plenty of politicians vying for his seat, and in this game one only gets ahead through connections, breeding, and just how far he’s willing to go. Is this Ralph’s big chance, or his worst nightmare?
Insider Secret: Secrets (that even we don’t know) from Ralph’s past are about to come to light, and they may very well affect his chances in this race to rule.
4. Make Way for the Maharajah
One of Season 2’s most compelling characters is the Maharajah of Patiala, played by MASTERPIECE alum Art Malik (Jewel in the Crown). Though the Maharajah comes from a long line of Indian princes, the winds of change are threatening to take his lavish lifestyle, and whatever power the British Raj has left him. Now he's on the attack, and he'll use any weapon necessary to protect his birthright—whether that be his charm, his influence, or his penchant for manipulation.
Insider Secret: The Maharajah’s mistress, Australian expat Sirene (played by Rachel Griffiths), is equally enchanting.
5. The End of an Era?
The Season 1 finale saw Cynthia losing her grip on her beloved Simla Club, as she was forced to admit its first non-white member. As the Raj is slowly pushed out of power, it's hard to imagine Cynthia sticking around. It's no secret that times are changing, but in this brave new India, is there a place for old-world institutions like the Club?
Insider Secret: Cynthia could be forced to choose between keeping the Club and helping a fellow Brit—but does she love any one mortal that much?