Spoiler warning for the season finale of Halo ahead: With the first season of Halo in the can, fans got a lot of Easter Eggs from the games, a seemingly new Master Chief, and a major death. In the season finale “Transcendence” Makee was shot by Kai and most likely out of the picture. A recent Deadline interview with executive producer Kiki Wolfkill likely gives us confirmation that Makee is definitely dead. When asked about the moment, Wolfkill said, “Kai is a good shot. That’s all I can say. I don’t think I’m allowed to spoil anything for season two yet.”
While that’s a little ambiguous, it definitely seems to lean more toward saying the character is dead. The season finale of Halo moved a lot of plot points forward and further divided the opinions of fans. The show has faced some notable fan backlash because of its depiction of Master Chief, having him frequently take off his helmet instead of being the stoic, faceless soldier that is so popular in the video game franchise. However, it looks like we may be getting a more familiar version of Master Chief in the second season. After surrendering control to Cortana, Master Chief returns to Reach without saying a word or showing any emotion that we saw earlier in the season. Could the showrunners be giving fans the Master Chief they’ve been asking for in the second season?
The finale also threw fans a bone in the visual department, not just the character development department. We saw some very familiar Halo weapons and enemies with Needlers and Covenant grunts all appearing in the final battle. The Needler is one of the most recognizable guns in the Halo universe, so this was definitely cool for fans to see in live-action. With the little bit of fan service the show is dishing out and the more familiar version of Master Chief, it looks like Halo might be a more fan-pleasing effort going forward.
It makes sense that Halo might want to go this route and make fans of the game happy. As evidenced by the visuals, this show definitely isn’t a small-budget project. Paramount+ even renewed Halo for a second season before the show even premiered. Clearly, they have confidence in the story that the creators are wanting to tell. The studio probably knew what direction the showrunners were planning on taking the show in, so they definitely knew something the fans didn’t. If the second season sticks closer to the plot of the games and keeps the same caliber of visual effects, it could definitely be something special.
Halo is a TV series based on the popular game franchise. The show is created by Steven Kane and Kyle Killen. Halo stars Pablo Schreiber, Shabana Azmi, Natasha Culzac, Olive Gray, Yerin Ha, Bentley Kalu, Kate Kennedy, Charlie Murphy, Danny Sapani, Jen Taylor, Bokeem Woodbine, and Natascha McElhone. The season one finale is available on Paramount+ today, so you can now check out the entire first season. Stay tuned to find out when season two is expected to hit the platform.