Spanish teen drama Elite returns to Netflix for season two

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Netflix US dubbed it “Gossip Girl with murder” and “Big Little Lies in high school” and to be honest, we can’t think of a better way to describe Elite, the Spanish teen drama/murder mystery that blew up on Netflix last year. Almost a year on, everyone is ready for more, meaning it’s time to head back to Las Encinas High School, deal with that death, convict that guy, and clear that guy’s name. Keeping up? No? Well, it’ll all make sense on September 6 when Netflix drops the entire second season of Elite.

What is Elite?

You may or may not have guessed, but Elite centres around the elitist Las Encinas high school and its filthy rich students. The show takes place primarily in flashbacks, where we are introduced to three new students after their public school is destroyed by an earthquake. The three new kids – Samuel, Nadia and Christian – are all big characters who refuse to back down without a fight, and quickly threaten to ruin the current social pecking order, much to the dismay of the OG rich kids.

Itzan Escamilla plays Samuel, who after struggling to fit in initially, befriends (and low-key falls in love with) the rebellious Mariana (Maria Pedraza) who desperately wants to escape the world of wealth she’s been born into. Unfortunately for Samuel, it’s hit after hit; we discover early on Mariana is the one who has been murdered (seemingly by one of her classmates), she was secretly in love with Samuel’s brother Nano (Jaime Lorente), and she was pregnant with Nano’s baby when she died. Bit of a rough trot there for all involved.

After episode one, Elite becomes a whodunnit – switching between short snippets of present time where students are being suspected and questioned – and the past, where we begin to learn the events that lead to Mariana’s death.

Christian (Miguel Herran) gets caught up in a messy love triangle with Carla and Polo, two of the most powerful students at Las Encinas, while studious Nadia (Mina El Hammani) is distracted by Mariana’s bad-boy brother Guzman (Miguel Bernardeau) in his fake-turned-maybe-a-little-real pursuit of her. Add in Samuel’s drug-dealing older brother Omar and tennis superstar Ander beginning a secret relationship, and you’ve got a melting pot of gossip, love and backstabbing.

What can we expect from season 2?

The trailer for season two, visibly darker and more intense than the first season, opens with Samuel talking to Nano, telling him: “I’m going to do everything I can to get you out. No matter the cost.”

Spoiler alert: season one ended with Nano taken away in handcuffs for Mariana’s murder, despite learning her death was actually at the hands of the crazed Polo in a fit of rage, which Carla and Christian were unfortunate enough to be involved in the clean-up.

We’re gonna take a stab in the dark here and say the second season will feature heavily on Samuel’s quest to clear his brother’s name and free him – whilst dealing with the fallout of the arrest. This season will also feature three brand-new students, who, if the first season was anything to go by, will definitely look to ruffle some feathers. And don’t worry – the internet’s favourite couple Ander and Omar are back.

Enroll into the most talked about school in Spain on September 6 when the entire second season drops on Netflix Australia and enjoy at your own pace, there’s no pop quiz.

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