Bodyguard Season 2: Cast, Release Date Status, and Everything You Need to Know!
BBC has a history of consistently releasing hit shows, but some have been more popular than others. ‘Bodyguard,’ a new series from “Line of Duty” creator Jed Mercurio, premiered in 2018 on Syfy.
The film “Bodyguard,” which starred Richard Madden as a police sergeant with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), was a huge hit when it was released. Then once Netflix got its hands on it and brought the show to the attention of an international audience, it was a certified hit.
Budd is assigned to protect Home Secretary Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes) in the first season of “Bodyguard,” a political figure who is both determined and contentious, and with whom Budd has a lot of disagreements. Soon after he begins his new role, Budd starts uncovering a political conspiracy involving terrorism, cybersecurity, and collaboration, all while dealing with his crumbling psyche.
You never know what’s going to happen next in any of the six episodes in the first season six episodes. Audiences and critics adored the series, with “Bodyguard” earning a solid 93 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Of course, fans weren’t pleased with just six episodes, and soon after Season 1 concluded, many started asking for a second season.
Here’s all we know about “Bodyguard” Season 2 so far.
When will Bodyguard Season 2 be released?
Answering this question is a real challenge. It was expected that the second season of “Bodyguard” would take longer than the first, as the first was published in August and September of last year. As of right now, the series isn’t officially renewed or canceled, but it doesn’t mean much, like Madden, Mercurio, and others involved with “Bodyguard” have been commenting on a second season ever since the first finished, and it seems nearly guaranteed. The question is merely when.
After the Netflix release of BBC’s “Bodyguard,” Madden told Deadline that he was “going to meet Jed in a couple of weeks” to talk and see what was in his “great brain” about a potential Season 2. In mid-2019, Mercurio announced at the Banff World Music Festival that he was in talks with BBC, but that Season 2 was not formally greenlit (via The Hollywood Reporter) (via The Hollywood Reporter).
In late 2019, actor Nicholas Gleaves, who played Roger Penhaligon in “Bodyguard” Season 1, told RadioTimes that he spoke with a producer who “definitely guaranteed” a second season, but until it’s official, it’s still up in the air.
Now in 2021, Madden has his parts in “From Now” and “Eternals” out of the way, leaving his calendar reasonably open to returning to “Bodyguard.” Looking at the timeframe, the earliest new episodes might come out is likely late next year or early 2023, unless BBC gets starting on production fairly rapidly.
Who will be in the cast of Bodyguard Season 2?
Due to the absence of PS Budd, it is safe to assume that Madden will reprise his role as the show’s title character. Gina McKee, who plays the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command Commander Anne Sampson, Sophie Rundle, who portrays PS Budd’s estranged wife Vicky Budd and the mother of their two children, and Nina Toussaint-White, who portrays DS Louise Rayburn, an investigator who appears to trust Budd despite the investigation against him, are all likely to return.
The absence of Hawes as Montague means that other members of the supporting cast, such as Vincent Franklin as Minister of State Mike Travis, Stuart Bowman as Director-General of MI-5 Stephen Hunter-Dunn, Pippa Haywood as corrupt CSI Lorraine Craddock, and Michael Schaeffer as the enigmatically named “Richard Longcross,” may appear in future storylines. The upcoming episodes will possibly involve a time jump as well, so be prepared to meet some new faces in Budd’s life.
What will Bodyguard Season 2 be about?
At the end of “Bodyguard” Season 1, Budd successfully finds who’s behind Montague’s assassination, along with a few people within the government who are manipulating the system to allow for shady activities to go unreported. Budd is formally cleared of any crimes linked to Montague’s death, and he resolves to obtain assistance for his PTSD to heal his relationships with Vicky and his kids.
In light of their current state of affairs, it appears that Budd and Vicky will not be reuniting; instead, they each intend to go on and meet new people. Despite this, it appears that the two will continue to co-parent.
After everything comes to light, the British Prime Minister is forced to resign, along with MI-5 commander Hunter-Dunn. Longcross escapes custody, leaving it open for the program to continue investigating who he is and what his motives are. Season 1 of “Bodyguard” has few interactions between Longcross and Budd, but the ones that do occur are tense and intriguing, and it would be great to see this rivalry grow in the future.
So far, nothing regarding the plot of “Bodyguard” Season 2 is set, however, it’s feasible that the show will continue the story a few years down the road, with viewers meeting a much-changed Budd.