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Watch the first clip from Halt and Catch Fire Season 2

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Returns to AMC on May 31st

Halt and Catch Fire, AMC's fictionalized account of a competitor in the early computer race, will start its second season on May 31st. The show is one of AMC's more prominent attempts to strike gold once again on hourlong dramas. So far, Halt hasn't lived up to those high hopes — but then, Breaking Bad and Mad Men both grew dramatically as they went on. A second season gives Halt an important chance to win over critics by fleshing out its period setting and shedding the early impressions that it's just Mad Men in 1980s Texas. It'll also pick up on the interesting new plot line of its female stars splitting off for a new startup.

Alongside announcing Season 2's premiere date this afternoon, AMC also debuted a long first look at it. If you aren't already caught up on the show, you'll have a good opportunity to do so before it premieres at the end of May: its full first season will be on Netflix starting April 8th. Halt's first season is only 10 episodes long, so it won't take too long to get ready.