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Season 2 comes to a close with Nolan fighting both the Earth Republic and old acquaintances to stop Irisa's destructive plan from becoming a reality. He's also determined to save his adoptive daughter from the Kaziri forces that have been possessing her before his own friends attempt to kill her.
Nolan races to save Tommy's life and stop Irisa; tensions between Amanda and Stahma lead to a showdown.
While Nolan sets out to find his missing daughter, Amanda becomes a volunteer deputy to find the murderer of one of her prostitutes.
A deadly mine collapse leaves Amanda and Niles trapped, and it's a race against the clock for Nolan and Rafe to save them. Meanwhile, Irisa convinces Tommy to help her steal a terrasphere, while Rafe learns that Quentin has made a deal to free Pilar.
Kenya returns, much to Stahma's dismay, but she holds a secret locked in her memories. Meanwhile, Dr. Yewll attempts to hide some dark secrets of her own.
When Nolan and E-Rep arrest a VC terrorist in Defiance and try to determine the location of a bomb, the terrorist's compatriot calls Amanda and tells her to free the man... and claims to have her missing sister Kenya.
A dead Castithan hand maiden shows up on Datak's doorstep, her eyes removed, and he turns to Rafe for help. Meanwhile, Irisa meets the man from her visions, and Alak discovers that Christie is going to the Janus club behind his back.
An Arkfall crash salvage mission led by Nolan leads to danger in the form of an alien race he has never encountered before; at the same time, Stahma makes a shocking power play after she's admonished by church elders for her growing sense of female empowerment; and Irisa begins confessing her deep, dark secrets to Tommy.moreless
A stalker comes after Amanda, raising concerns for both Nolan and Niles.
Raiders steal E-Rep mining equipment and humiliate Niles, and the mayor orders Nolan to find them. The Lawkeeper soon determines that Rafe is involved, forcing the miner to make an impossible decision. Meanwhile, Datak returns to restore balance to his family.
While Irzu's influence on Irisa grows, Niles makes an arrangement with Yewll and Datak realizes that Stahma doesn't want him to come home.
Irisa is arrested upon her return to Defiance, but Nolan can arrange her release by capturing those responsible for an explosion that nearly killed Mayor Pottinger. Meanwhile, Stahma decides the only way to stay in control of her family's criminal enterprises is by ensuring that Datak stays behind bars.
Nolan's search for Irisa leads him to New Chicago and AngelArc. Meanwhile, back in Defiance, the Earth Republic appoints a charming, calculating, and ambitious man named Niles Pottinger as mayor.