After a successful first season, it’s safe to say fans can look forward to seeing more of the show based on Lee Child’s books. Here’s what we know so far about Reacher Season 2.
Watch out, there may be spoilers for season one ahead.
What Happened in Season 1?
The first season followed the titular character looking for the one responsible for killing his brother, which was wrapped up by the season’s finale. Reacher ultimately parts ways with Margrave in the hopes of finding something new. Reacher is also seen burying a medal in his brother’s grave before hitchhiking to a new place.
What Will Reacher Season 2 Be About?
As to what Reacher Season 2 might be about remains to be seen. Season one was based on Childs’ first Jack Reacher novel, The Killing Floor. Naturally, fans assumed that season two would be based on the second book. However, that might not be the case as Santora warned fans not to expect the show to follow the order of the books.
Reacher Season 2 is said to be based on the 11th Jack Reacher novel, Bad Luck and Trouble which was published in 2009. In the synopsis of the book on Amazon, Jack Reacher is “pulled out of his wandering life and plunged into the heart of a conspiracy that is killing old friends…and the people he once trusted with his life.”
The summary released by Prime Video reads, “When the members of Reacher’s old military unit start turning up dead, Reacher has just one thing on his mind – revenge.”
When Did Filming for Season 2 Start?
Filming for Reacher season two started in September last year, and production wrapped in February this year. Alan Ritchson marked both occasions with videos on Instagram, fueling the hype.
“I just came off set. Reacher season two, the last scene is done. As you can see, things got a little crazy. We promised things will be back bigger and better than ever. And we did not lie,” said Ritchson in the video marking the wrap-up of production.
The show’s second season was filmed in Toronto and will likely be eight episodes like the first season. Prime Video has yet to confirm how many episodes will there be for Reacher Season 2.
Child himself was pressed by the Radio Times on which books he thinks will be adapted next. The Reacher author said that he’s never read or reread his work, but knows that some books are very popular. Child noted “Reacher’s loneliness” as part of what made the first season great, and there are “two or three books that really stand out in that sense.”
Which Characters Are Returning for Season 2?
Given the events of the first season, it’s safe to say that only Ritchson is returning in the second. Fans of the books know that very few characters get to make a repeat appearance in each of the stories.
Deadline has confirmed that Maria Sten will be returning for season two to reprise her role as Frances Neagley. Maxwell Jenkins may also make a return appearance for season two as the younger Jack Reacher in flashbacks.
The new faces joining the cast of Reacher for season two include Serinda Swan who will be playing Karla Dixon, Domenick Lombardozzi as Guy Russo, Ferdinand Kingsley as A.M., Ty Victor Olsson as Saropian, Josh Blacker as Hortense Fields, and Al Sapienza as Marsh. Dean McKenzie, Shannon Kook-Chun, Luke Bilyk, Andres Collantes, and Edsson Morales are also joining season two as members of Reacher’s former Special Investigators unit.
Shain Sipos is also joining the cast as David O’Donnell, while Robert Patrick will be playing Shane Langston. The role of Shane Langston originally went to Rory Cochrane, who had to withdraw due to scheduling conflicts.
Willa Fitzgerald, who played Officer Roscoe Conklin in season one, will not be returning. But Santora seems to suggest keeping things open when pressed about whether anyone else from season one will be returning.
“You never know if a character might come back,” Santora told TVLine. “We might come up with a great idea and say, ‘You know what? Maybe that character can work in season two or season three’ and then you bring them back for a bit or for an extended visit.”
Santora stressed that Reacher is a “lone wolf” kind of character and they plan on sticking with that aspect of the story.
Is There a Trailer for Season 2?
Prime Video’s sizzle reel seemed to show a little bit of footage of Reacher season two. For now, fans can rewatch season one and the movie adaptations starring Tom Cruise while they wait. The first season and the movies are available on Prime Video.
When is Reacher Season 2 Coming Out?
Prime Video released its sizzle reel back in July, which included Reacher. The reel revealed that Reacher Season 2 will be coming out on Prime Video in December 2023. As to when exactly in December, it has yet to be announced. But hey, fans can be assured that the upcoming season is less than four months away.
This follows comments back in December 2022 by the head of television for Amazon Studios Vernon Sanders to Collider about the release date of the second season. At the time, Sanders said that fans of Reacher can expect the second season this year.
“It’s going really well. Alan is back. And he’s so fantastic in the role,” said Sanders, praising the producers and thanking the fans of the books for receiving the series well. “Season 2 is awesome. And as great as season one was, I think season two delivers beyond that. And I do think there’s a good chance that that show will be released next year.”
Reacher showrunner Nick Santora told TVLine shortly after the show was confirmed for season two that they did not expect a greenlight as quickly as this. Three days after season one premiered in February last year, Prime Video confirmed Reacher for a second season.
“I don’t think that anyone suspected – I know I didn’t – for us to get a second season so quickly,” said Santora, adding that the Reacher series was described as “spreading like wildfire.”
“I don’t know how to qualify ‘wildfire’ but the show is just doing incredibly well,” said Santora.