After 2.4 million viewers tuned in for the Season 1 finale of History’s survival series Alone (a growth of 50 percent over the series premiere), it was probably a no-brainer that the network’s No. 1 new non-fiction series of 2015 would be back for a second season. And so it is, with Alone Season 2 debuting April 21 at 9pm ET/PT.
History says that the 13-episode season puts 10 hardcore survivalists alone on northern Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The contestants have one mission — to stay alive. No camera crews, no teams and no gimmicks are on hand, per the network. But a $500,000 cash prize is at stake (that could be considered a gimmick of sorts, I guess) that will be given to the person who can last the longest.
While no camera crews are used, the contestants themselves have cameras to self-document their journeys, and their footage was among the intriguing elements that made Season 1 so successful with viewers. But this isn’t just about taking selfies. They must also find food and water, find shelter and ward off predators, with the biggest challenge, perhaps, coming in the form of the extreme isolation and psychological distress they might face.
Competing this season on Alone are:
Jose Martinez Amoedo: Age 45; Hometown: Mayo, Yukon Territory, Canada
Nicole Apelian (pictured left): Age 45; Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Randy Champagne (pictured top): Age 28; Hometown: Flagstaff, Arizona & Boulder, Utah
Mary Kate Green: Age 36; Hometown: Homer, Alaska
Mike Lowe: Age 55; Hometown: Lewis, Colorado
David McIntyre: Age 49; Hometown: Kentwood, Michigan
Larry Roberts: Age 44; Hometown: Rush City, Minnesota
Justin Vititoe: Age 35; Hometown: Augusta, Georgia
Desmond White: Age 37; Hometown: Coolidge, Arizona (currently Guantanamo Bay, Cuba)
Tracy Wilson: Age 44; Hometown: Aiken, South Carolina
Alone Season 2 premieres April 21 at 9pm ET/PT on History.
Photos: Brendan Meadows/History