The second season of Designated Survivor premiered on September 27, 2017 and ended on May 16, 2018.[1] This season focused more on events in the White House.[2]


One year after an explosion decimated the Capitol Building, Tom Kirkman continues searching for the mastermind behind this devastating attack and helping a struggling nation rebuild.


Main Cast

Recurring Cast/Guest Stars


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22 1 One Year In September 27, 2017
Now, one year into office, Kirkman is a Commander-in-Chief determined to rebuild the Capitol and capture the terrorists behind the catastrophic attack on the United States. When Ukrainian nationalists hijack a Russian Air flight, the President is faced with a hostage situation in which his diplomatic skills are put to the test.
23 2 Sting of the Tail October 4, 2017
FBI Agent Hannah Wells finally closes in on Patrick Lloyd, but when the President decides to take action during the White House Correspondents Dinner, members of the Homeland Security Council threaten to derail their plans.
24 3 Outbreak October 11, 2017
President Kirkman is faced with a viral pandemic that threatens to kill countless Americans while FBI Agent Hannah Wells and MI6 Agent Damian Rennett discover evidence that could change the lives of members of the first family forever.
25 4 Equilibrium October 18, 2017
Tensions rise between America and Mexico when a Mexican citizen is shot during a border dispute regarding Mexican trade imports; and Kirkman and his staff must work quickly to resolve the situation and create a new trade deal.
26 5 Suckers October 25, 2017
When a Senator appears on the national news and misrepresents a private conversation with the President, Kirkman must win back the American people's trust, while MI-6 Agent Damian Rennett joins forces with FBI Agent Hannah Wells to help solve an international murder.
27 6 Two Ships November 1, 2017
When a U.S. Navy ship containing secret surveillance becomes stranded in enemy waters, President Kirkman must negotiate the crew and ship's release. If captured, the technology on board would create a massive threat to national security. Meanwhile. Chief of Staff Emily Rhodes reconnects with someone from her childhood.
28 7 Family Ties November 15, 2017
When a Turkish activist ignites protests in the U.S., Turkey's president demands his extradition while the first family unknowingly finds themselves in the center of a battle that could threaten Leo's future.
29 8 Home November 29, 2017
While on a secret mission to Afghanistan, President Kirkman meets with two infamous warlords and must determine whom he can trust to hand over territories to the United States, while Seth has a run-in with Washington, D.C. police that puts his job, reputation and future in the White House on the line.
30 9 Three-Letter Day December 6, 2017
After sorting through thousands of letters all requesting something of the President, the White House staff are assigned three, with Emily, Seth, Aaron, Llyor and Kendra joining forces to get answers and possibly save a life. Meanwhile, Hannah and Damian continue to chase down leads to exonerate the First Lady, but in the end, Hannah learns the truth may be closer than she thinks.
31 10 Line of Fire December 13, 2017
It's Christmas Day and President Kirkman is alerted to a group of religious extremists who refuse to evacuate when a forest fire threatens to engulf their cabin. Deploying Emily and Aaron to help diffuse the situation, Kirkman must act quickly to save multiple lives at stake. Meanwhile, the First Lady finally gives her testimony to the FBI director, while what happens next changes the lives of the Kirkman family forever.
32 11 Grief February 28, 2018
President Kirkman sees a therapist to deal with the loss of his wife; Hannah and Aaron travel to Cuba as part of a trade delegation; Kirkman struggles with a decision that will test his role as commander in chief during his time of grief.
33 12 The Final Frontier March 7, 2018
A missile intended to bring water to stranded astronauts in space is hacked; President Kirkman must work with Russia to help save lives and find out who is behind the hack; Hannah finds herself working with Damian again.
34 13 Original Sin March 14, 2018
The team must minimize the fallout of the President visiting a prison. A surprise White House demonstration has a closer tie to the President than anyone first realizes.
35 14 In the Dark March 21, 2018
When a blackout threatens to shut down the government and causes chaos in the streets of Washington, D.C., President Kirkman joins forces with Mayor Ellenor Darby.
36 15 Summit March 28, 2018
President Kirkman travels to Camp David to broker a peace treaty with the leaders of East and West Hanchu; Seth and Emily take a hard look at their relationship and decide how, and if, they will move forward as a couple.
37 16 Fallout April 4, 2018
President Kirkman and his staff have credible intelligence that a dirty bomb is on U.S. soil; Emily approaches Chuck to help her with something that has damaging and illegal consequences.
38 17 Overkill April 11, 2018
Following a deadly bomb explosion, President Kirkman declares war on Kunami; FBI Agent Hannah Wells learns that the ambassador sent from that country is hiding something that could have deadly consequences.
39 18 Kirkman Agonistes April 18, 2018
As more content from President Kirkman's confidential therapy sessions leaks out, Vice President Darby meets secretly with the entire Cabinet.
40 19 Capacity April 25, 2018
Attorney Ethan West calls on President Kirkman's closest advisers and staff as he begins his investigation.
41 20 Bad Reception May 2, 2018
President Kirkman negotiates with a foreign government to release an American being held overseas while the investigation of the hacker continues.
42 21 Target May 9, 2018
White House Counsel Kendra Daynes ends up in a dangerous situation putting another staffer's life at risk, while Hannah Wells unexpectedly takes a trip to find answers.
43 22 Run May 16, 2018
A natural disaster endangers two White House staffers while President Kirkman makes an announcement no one saw coming, as well as dealing with turmoil from the hacker and congressional investigation.


  2. "Designated Survivor: How Three Showrunner Changes Have Led to 'Very Grounded,' Less Twisty Season 2"

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