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Painkiller season 2 release date speculation, cast, plot, and news

Here we dive into the possible Painkiller season 2 release date and explore whether there will be new episodes of Matthew Broderick's Netflix drama series.

Taylor Kitsch as Glen Kryger in Painkiller

What is the Painkiller season 2 release date? The 2023 drama series premiered on August 10 and is the latest piece of media to hone in on the disastrous opioid epidemic in the United States, through the eyes of culprits, victims, and investigators.

Is Painkiller‘s premise rung a bell for many folks, with it being new on Netflix but not anywhere else, because it’s the same broad concept as Dopesick, the Michael Keaton-fronted Apple TV Plus show that was touted as one of the best drama series on that streaming service.

In our Painkiller ending explained we go over exactly how the series finishes, but you may be wondering if there’s a Painkiller season 2 release date coming. Here’s what we know from the available information.

Painkiller season 2 release date speculation

Painkiller is a limited series, so it’s unlikely Netflix will order another season. As things stand, there’s no season 2 release date.

Limited series occasionally turn into standard television shows, so it’s not totally out of the question, but it seemed like a self-contained story that explored what it wanted to.

Uzo Aduba as Edie in Painkiller

Who’s in the Painkiller season 2 cast?

If a season 2 of Painkiller happened, which is unlikely, we’d expect star Matthew Broderick to return as Richard Sackler in the cast.

Major spoiler ahead for season 1, you’ve been warned! One person who likely wouldn’t return is Taylor Kitsch as Glen Kryger. Glen, after struggling with his addiction throughout season 1, experienced an overdose in the finale. Although we didn’t get explicit confirmation he couldn’t be revived or survive, we believe the character is sadly dead — a sobering reminder of the lives lost to the crisis.

We don’t think more episodes are coming, but here’s our best guesstimate of the lineup if they are.

Potential Painkillers season 2 cast list:

  • Uzo Aduba as Edie
  • Matthew Broderick as Richard Sackler
  • Sam Anderson as Raymond Sackler
  • Carolina Bartczak as Lily Kryger
  • Tyler Ritter as John Brownlee
  • John Ales as Dr. Gregory Fitzgibbons
  • Ron Lea as Bill Havens
  • Ana Cruz Kayne as Brianna Ortiz
  • West Duchovny as Shannon Schaeffer
  • Jack Mulhern as Tyler Kryger
  • Dina Shihabi as Britt
  • John Rothman as Mortimer Sackler
  • John Murphy as Michael Friedman

Mercedes Blanche in Painkiller

What is Painkiller season 2 about?

If season 2 were to happen, we imagine it would explore the fallout of Glen’s overdose as well as the continued devastation the opioid crisis caused.

Season 1 covered the stories of perpetrators, people who suffered unjustly, and the impact of the crisis, and ended with the message that hurt is still ongoing for many people today. Should Netflix feel the need to do more, it would surely continue in the same vein, perhaps taking more of an angle with the corruption and lawsuits.

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Painkiller season 2 trailer

There is no Painkiller season 2 trailer because a second installment has not been greenlit. If it were to be, we’d expect a trailer no sooner than late 2024.

If a new season was produced, the ongoing 2023 Writers Strike and the Actors Strike would probably delay things. There isn’t a lot of behind the scenes content out there, but you can revisit the season 1 trailer above, if you’d like.

Matthew Broderick as Richard Sackler in Painkiller

Where can I watch Painkiller season 2?

Painkiller season 2 would likely stream on Netflix, but it’s not currently available anywhere as there is no season 2.

Painkiller is a Netflix original. Unless another network decides to pick up the show, which we don’t see happening, there won’t be any new episodes streaming anywhere. Don’t worry, we’ve got a huge list of the best TV series of all time to watch instead.

West Duchovny as Shannon Schaeffer in Painkiller

How many episodes will be in Painkiller season 2?

We imagine Painkiller season 2 would have six episodes, like the first. But as of right now, no second season has been greenlit.

In traditional limited series fashion, six-eight episodes sound about right for a second season of a drama like this. Particularly with its big-name stars like Matthew Broderick.

That’s all the details currently available, but for more, check out the best Apple TV shows, the best Netflix series, the best Netflix movies, and all the new movies coming soon. And for other stories from the service, we’ve got similar guides to the Virgin River season 5 release date, Warrior Nun season 3 release date, and the Arcane season 2 release date.