More than a decade after Lee Child’s no-nonsense vigilante Jack Reacher first appeared on screen in the (unfortunately a bit small) shape of Tom Cruise, the bruiser’s newest incarnation is back. Alan Ritchson will return as the literary badass when the Reacher season 2 release date comes around, and we can’t wait.
Ritchson has provided a more book-accurate spin on Reacher, who says little with his mouth but a lot with his fists. This is one of the best TV series around and people can’t get enough of this taciturn do-gooder with the massive biceps, triceps, and everything-else-ceps. We’re desperate to know what happens next, so here’s everything we know about when Reacher’s adventures will be new on Amazon Prime again.
What’s the Reacher season 2 release date?
Reacher season 2 will be released on Friday December 15, 2023.
This means we’ll be in line for an excellent Christmas treat when Reacher returns just in time for Santa’s arrival. Nothing says festive like a massive man punching people. It’s a tale as old as time.
Who’s in the Reacher season 2 cast?
Alan Ritchson is returning as Jack Reacher in the Reacher season 2 cast, but there are very few familiar faces aside from him. It’s almost a complete refresh for the show.
Very few cast members from the first season are actually returning, but lots of new names have been added for season 2. These include Serinda Swan, Domenick Lombardozzi, Ferdinand Kingsley, Ty Victor Olsson, Josh Blacker, and Al Sapienza.
Most intriguingly, Robert Patrick has joined the ensemble as former NYPD detective Shane Langston, who has a “questionable track record”, apparently.
While Reacher season 1 was in keeping with the first novel, Killing Floor, one change was bringing in Jack’s friend, Frances Neagley (Maria Sten), earlier than in the books. We were treated to childhood flashbacks of Reacher taken from some of Child’s short stories and played by Maxwell Jenkins, so if more of that is weaved into season 2, that could leave some room for his return.
Here’s the Reacher season 2 cast list:
- Alan Ritchson as Jack Reacher
- Maria Sten as Frances Neagley
- Maxwell Jenkins as young Jack Reacher
- Serinda Swan as Karla Dixon
- Robert Patrick as Shane Langston
- Shaun Sipos as David O’Donnell
- Domenick Lombardozzi as Guy Russo
- Ferdinand Kingsley as A.M.
- Ty Victor Olsson as Saropian
- Josh Blacker as Hortense Fields
- Al Sapienza as Lt. Drew Marsh
- Dean McKenzie as Stan Lowery
- Shannon Kook as Tony Swan
- Luke Bilyk as Calvin Franz
- Andres Collantes as Jorge Sanchez
- Edsson Morales as Manuel Orozco
What’s Reacher season 2 about?
Reacher season 2 will be based on the 11th Reacher book, ‘Bad Luck and Trouble’, which follows the title character as he looks into some deaths connected to his former army unit.
Ritchson confirmed the inspiration for the new season before filming began. That’s right; they’re skipping a whole load of Reacher books. But that doesn’t mean they can’t go back and adapt the others later. Continuity doesn’t matter too much in this world anyway.
‘Bad Luck and Trouble’ follows Reacher as he investigates a series of mysterious deaths connected to his old army unit, with the help of Frances. It seems their former comrades are being hunted down one by one, so this is personal in every way.
In the book, this presents a world in which cops are bad guys this time around. That’s a bold direction for one of the best thriller series to take in the modern political landscape, so it will be fascinating to see how Reacher approaches it.
Amazon Prime Video has a lot of source material to play with when it comes to our main man, Jack, and any fans of the books will have a good idea of what they have to look forward to. Amazon’s Head of TV, Vernon Sanders, has actually seen Reacher season 2 and expects it to be bigger and better than the first season. High praise indeed!
Is there a Reacher season 2 trailer?
The first Jack Reacher season 2 trailer dropped on November 7, 2023, showcasing plenty of brutal action.
Honestly, everything is exactly as we expected. The trailer opens with Reacher intercepting a car hijacking and, naturally, beating the guy to a bloody pulp. We soon learn what the season will entail, as Reacher discovers his old army unit is being tortured and killed off.
Frankly, he’s not going to stand for this. From smashing an assailant’s face into wet concrete to more explosions than we can count, this is one action-packed ride into vengeance. Watch it for yourself below:
Where can I watch Reacher season 2?
You’ll be able to watch Reacher season 2 on Amazon Prime Video when it drops, at no extra cost.
This will be the only place to watch it, as it’s an Amazon production. If you’re not already a subscriber, we’ve got you covered with a free trial here. You can also check out the best Amazon Prime movies for when you’ve signed up!
How many episodes will there be in Reacher season 2?
Reacher season 2 will be made up of eight episodes, just like the first season.
The first three episodes will all land on December 15, and will drop every Friday after that until January 19, 2024. We don’t have episode lengths, names, or synopses just yet, though. All in good time. The eight-episode count is based on the series’ IMDb listing.
Will there be a Reacher season 3?
If season 2 is as successful as season 1, there’s a great chance there will be a Reacher season 3.
One thing we do know is there’s plenty of source material to take inspiration from, so there are definitely stories to tell. Amazon didn’t mess around for a long time before the last renewal, so we’d expect news very soon after release. Given the viewership for season 1, we’d confidently place a bet on at least one more.
How many seasons of Reacher will there be?
There are 28 novels in the Jack Reacher series, so this show could theoretically run for a very long time.
Obviously, we don’t expect every single Reacher book to make it to Prime Video, but there’s certainly a lot of material there. As long as people keep watching and Ritchson maintains his ability to kick butt (no danger of that slipping), we could be watching Reacher in action.
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