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07th Oct 2022

Gangs of London series 2 gets extremely violent red band trailer ahead of October release

Steve Hopkins

‘One year after the death of Sean Wallace and the violent reckonings of series one, the map and soul of London has been redrawn’

The official trailer for the new season of Sky’s Gangs of London has landed and it is absolutely brutal.

The two-minute-three-second short shows that things in the capital certainly haven’t got any easier for Elliot and co, as they return to settle old scores.

The series will be available from October 20 on Sky Atlantic and NOW.

Watch the new trailer here – but be warned, it is very violent.

The first season, which arrived in April 2020, became the biggest Sky Original drama launch on Sky Atlantic in the past five years and scooped four Welsh BAFTAs for photography and lighting, sound, editing and production design.

The follow-up, if the trailer is anything to go by, promises the same cinematic experience, and a storyline dripping with blood.

A synopsis from Sky under the trailer reads: “One year after the death of Sean Wallace and the violent reckonings of series one, the map and soul of London has been redrawn.

“The surviving Wallaces are scattered, the Dumanis broken and estranged, and ex-undercover cop Elliot is now being forced to work for the investors.

“To restore order, the investors have aligned behind heroin baron Asif Afridi and together they have installed a new ruling force in London in the form of brutal gang leader – Koba.

“His vision for the criminal landscape is a dictatorship, a world in which old school gangster codes don’t exist and in which he holds a complete monopoly over London’s drug trade. But this monopoly can’t last forever.

“The gangs are fighting back – who will win the battle for London’s soul?”

The trailer helpfully recaps where season one ended, with Sean confronting undercover cop, Elliot, with shocking consequences.

Viewers are than warned about a mysterious ‘new player’ on the scene, who Ed Dumani warns must not be underestimated.

The Wallaces seem to still be grappling for power, with Sean’s mother Marian saying in a voiceover: “You understand what it took to build this city. And you know the pain of losing it. London belongs to us.”

But it seems the Wallaces grip on the capital won’t easily be held as various forces fight for control, with “old favourites and new players fight back against the new order, forcing sworn enemies to work together and family members to betray each other”.

While it doesn’t appear that Joe Cole’s Sean will be back – the new season does see Sọpẹ́ Dìrísù, Paapa Essiedu, Lucian Msamati, Michelle Fairley, Orli Shuka, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Brian Vernel, Narges Rashidi, Asif Raza and Valene Kane reprise their roles alongside newcomers, Waleed Zuaiter, French rapper Jasmine Armando in her first TV role, Fady El-Sayed, Salem Kali and Aymen Hamdouchi.

The series is created by Gareth Evans and his creative partner Matt Flannery.

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