It’s taken a bit longer than hoped, but Season 2 of Avengers: Secret Wars writer Michael Waldron’s excellent look into the world of professional wrestling is finally almost here! As part of a first look at Heels sophomore season, EW has revealed that the Spade brothers will be stepping back into the squared circle on July 28th. By the time the first episode airs, it’ll have been nearly two years since the Season 1 finale saw brothers Jack (Stephen Amell) and Ace Spade (Alexander Ludwig) have a major falling out over Jack’s admission that he’s been a real-life heel all along.
Season 2 will pick up right where the Season 1 finale left off, according to showrunner Mike O’Malley, who also plays rival wrestling promoter, Charlie Gully. “We pick up exactly where we left off in the finale, where Ace walks out of the ring, walks out of that hallway and just gets in a car and is like, ,F— this shit,‘” explained O’Malley. “And then Jack’s journey is, how can I demonstrate my contrition in active ways to my wife, to my colleagues, to my mother, to my brother, to my son? These acts of contrition are profound, but they have to be profound.”
As O’Malley describes it, Ludwig’s Ace will go on a journey of self-discovery and have to come to terms with some parts of who he is that he just does not like. “In season 2, Ace has to go on a journey to realize that he has just been seeking applause and fame and recognition and doing that has made him somebody that he doesn’t like,” explained O’Malley. He continued, “He doesn’t like that he needs the applause so much that he breaks down in tears. He doesn’t like that his entire life has been built about trying to be a professional football player, and he didn’t make it. He feels like his whole life is a failure.”
According to O’Malley, it doesn’t sound like Ace and Jack will have much free time on their hands to make up as Gully still fully intends to put Jack’s wrestling league, the DWL, out of business. As the actor puts it, the Spade brothers really are their own worst enemy in the fight against Gully and rightfully points out that they brought this on themselves. “I [Gully] didn’t even know who you guys were until you started trashing me on podcasts. You have created this circumstance,” explaining Gully’s perspective. “Everything that Jack does is due to his own character flaws. If he did not lie to Ace, he wouldn’t be in the situation with Ace. If he did not decide to punch Charlie Gully in the face as a way to deal with his problems with him, he would not be in the situation that he’s in now,” said O’Malley. “This season, you can kind of can see Gully’s point. You’ll see, he’s just a dad, he’s celebrating that his daughter got into college. He’s just trying to run a business, and the Spade brothers are being ridiculous.“
It sounds like Season 2 of the wrasslin’ drama will come out swinging when it debuts at 10 PM ET on July 28th.