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Everything You Forgot From Season 2 of Atlanta

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Atlanta Season 3 is finally here, and that means we’ve got brand new adventures of Earn, Paper Boi/Alfred, Van, and Darius—along with, occasionally, just about anyone in their orbit. It’s set to be a weird season, possibly even stranger than the previous, subtitled Robbin’ Season. Set in Amsterdam, our four main characters are about to have a drug-fueled, hedonistic vacation from hell.

As much as Atlanta is a comedy, it’s also a smart, pointed drama which posits thoughts on race, economic and social class, and as it tests its characters through increasingly bizarre situations, the show brings them constantly out of their comfort zones to grapple with who they believe themselves to be at their core.

When discussing the new season with Variety, Zazie Beetz (who plays Van) said, “All of the characters are out of their element, which allows things to rise to the surface that you would otherwise be able to, in habits and in comfort, suppress. And here, you can’t, because you have nothing to catch you. It’s a lot of truth and reflections of where we’re all at as ourselves and as people—as me, as Zazie.”

The second season of Atlanta premiered four years ago. Due to well, the pandemic, and just about every main cast member engaging in major projects (you probably saw Brian Tyree Henry in Eternals, for instance), getting everyone together for another season couldn’t have been easy. You know what’s also not easy, though? Remembering what happened last season.

Last we saw Paper Boi and the rest of the crew, they were on a plane headed to Amsterdam. Throughout the entire 11 episode season, the characters are often hit with unexpected obstacles to getting ahead in life. And that comes in many different forms, whether it’s fans who want to rob Alfred, Van struggling with her identity, Earn trying to find a place to sleep at night, or, perhaps most memorably, in Darius’ case, dealing with a very, very, creepy man named Teddy Perkins.

Here’s everything that went down in the Season 2 finale of Atlanta.

Atlanta Season 2 Finale, Explained

At a parent-teacher conference, Earn and Van (who are no longer together), learn their daughter is gifted and would benefit from attending a private school.

Later, as Alfred and Darius pack for a European tour, Alfred finds the golden gun given to Earn by his uncle (played by Katt Williams in the season premiere) and hands it to Earn to get rid of. Earn puts it in his backpack to deal with later. Darius then realizes his passport has expired, and says “he knows a guy” who can get him another one, so Earn tags along while Alfred continues packing. While waiting for him, Earn gets a text from Van, who says she wants to leave with their daughter and stay with her mother.

Earn asks Darius if Alfred really plans to fire him and find a new manager, to which Darius says he’s noticed Earn has improved as a manager, and regardless, the two are family; he will always take care of Earn.

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Darius (LaKeith Stanfield) and Earn (Donald Glover) on Season 2 of Atlanta

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At the airport, Earn, Darius, and Alfred meet up with Clark Country (who, you may recall, is essentially a character satirizing Chance the Rapper) and Lucas, whom they’re going on tour with. While the security line, Earn realizes he still has the golden gun in his backpack. He then distracts Clark Country and sneaks it into his bag. As they board the flight, Alfred admits he saw Earn plant the gun, and praises him for it. He also says the difference between them and other people is that they care about each other, and not just themselves. Clark then appears, saying Lucas, his manager, got caught with a gun. Still, Earn knows he put the gun in Clark’s bag, not Lucas’s. While the group prepares to fly out to Europe, Tracy, Alfred’s friend shows up at his house, not knowing Alfred just left the country.

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