As Paramount Plus continues to grow its slate of original series, one of its big titles is the TV adaptation of Halo.
Halo is a video game franchise for Xbox that was first released in 2001. It is a first-person, multiplayer shooter set in a future where the main characters are forced to fight invaders aliens. There have been 16 Halo video games (eight considered part of the main story and eight spin-off games), including the recently released Infinite Halo.
Paramount Plus’ Halo The television series is created and produced by Steven Kane (The last boat, The closest), along with Steven Spielberg on board as executive producer.
Here’s everything we know about the upcoming Halo TV series.
Halo Season 1 Episodes
the Halo The Season 1 finale was released on Paramount Plus on May 19. Now, all nine episodes of the video game adaptation’s first season are available on the streaming service.
Here is the summary of each episode of Halo season 1:
Halo season 1 episode 1, “Contact”
“In the year 2552, the humans of the planet Madrigal fought for their independence from Earth, but a fatal encounter with the Alien Covenant complicates matters. Master Chief John 117 and his super- soldier ‘Spartans’ join the fight. After the battle, Master Chief heads to his home planet of Reach with a Madrigal survivor and a mysterious object he discovered on the planet. But a controversial order has John questioning his mission and himself.
Halo season 1 episode 2, “Unbound”
“John takes Kwan to an old friend’s house and learns more about the mysterious object, which the Covenant and Makee are determined to steal. With the alien threat growing, Dr. Halsey has a plan to deal with John’s unpredictable behavior.”
Halo season 1 episode 3, “Emergence”
“John meets his new partner and he uncovers secrets in his own memory. Kwan wants to return to Madrigal to continue his people’s fight for independence, but Soren has other plans for her. Makee initiates his plan to recover the Madrigal object, with deadly consequences.”
Halo season 1 episode 4, “Homecoming”
“Guided by his visions, John takes Halsey and Cortana back to where it all began, in search of answers from his past. With Soren for his protection, Kwan goes in search of an army. Meanwhile, John’s behavior inspires another Spartan to begin a journey of self-discovery, and Miranda discovers a possible connection between the artifact and something much greater.
Halo season 1 episode 5, “Reckoning”
“On the run and out of options, Kwan and Soren have a different opinion. With the possibility of finding the mysterious Halo on everyone’s mind, John makes a horrific discovery. And war looms large.”
Halo season 1 episode 6, “Consolation”
“The survivors of the battle return to Reach. John confronts Dr. Halsey and the lies of his past. The new prisoner seems to know John better than he knows himself. Determined to find out more, John turns to the mysterious artifact, which shows him something really surprising.”
Halo season 1 episode 7, “Legacy”
“Kwan’s journey to uncover her family’s ‘true purpose’ takes her deep into the Madrigal Wastes. Soren is obsessed with unfinished business.”
Halo season 1 episode 8, “Allegiance”
“John and Makee accept their shared vision. Halsey has one last chance to save her mission, and herself. As things go awry, everyone must choose sides.”
Halo season 1 episode 9, “Transcendence”
“Beaten, beaten and betrayed, John 117 leads the Spartans on a suicide mission to find the Halo and save humanity. But at what cost?”
Will there be a season 2 of Halo?
Yes. Before Halo aired its first episode, Paramount Plus approved a second season for the show. Thus, Masterchief’s journey will continue. Exactly when that will happen is a mystery, however, as no information has been shared on when Season 2 might be ready.
Halo the television series took the general concept of the popular video game series but expanded the story. Here is the official synopsis:
“In its adaptation for Paramount Plus, Halo will take place in the universe that began in 2001 with the launch of the first Xbox Halo Game. Dramatizing an epic 26th century conflict between humanity and an alien menace known as the Covenant, Halo the series will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future.”
Several trailers have been released for Halo, all of which tease the scale and action of the series, as well as some of the human elements that take place away from the battlefield. Check out all the trailers directly below:
First look at the cast of Halo was shown in the two trailers above. The main role of Master Chief is played by Pablo Schreiber. Schreiber is best known for his prison guard George Mendez in the Netflix series Orange is the new black and the Starz series american godsin addition to appearing in action movies like 13 hours and den of thieves.
Joining Schreiber in the cast are Natascha McElhone (Californication), Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo), Shabana Azmi (Fire), Natacha Culzac (the witcher), Olive Gray (Half Moon Investigations), Yerin Ha (reef break), Bentley Kalu (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Kate Kennedy (Disaster), Charlie Murphy (Peaky Blinders), Danny Sapani (dreadful penny) and Jen Taylor, who returns to the voice of Cortana, the AI system that assists the human from the Halo video games.
Here’s who everyone is playing:
- Pablo Schreiber – Master Chief
- Natascha McElhone – Dr. Catherine Halsey
- Bokeem Woodbine – Soren-066
- Jen Taylor – Cortana
- Yerin Ha – Quan Ah
- Shabana Azmi – Admiral Margaret Parangosky
- Olive Gray – Dr. Miranda Keyes
- Charlie Murphy – Makee
- Kate Kennedy – Kai-125
- Bentley Kalu – Vannak-134
- Natasha Culzac – Rice-028
- Danny Sapani – Captain Jacob Keyes
Get additional information about the characters and actors that make up the Halo thrown here.
How to watch Halo
Halo is a Paramount Plus original series, which means anyone wanting to watch it will need to subscribe to the Paramount Plus streaming service.
Currently, Paramount Plus is available in the United States, Canada, Nordic countries, Australia, and Latin America. The streaming service plans to expand into the UK and European markets in 2022.
The cost of Paramount Plus depends on the type of service you are looking for. There are two packages available, an ad-supported plan that costs $4.99 per month but does not include access to a US subscriber’s local CBS station (but does include live college football and games NFL) and the $9.99 ad-free plan.