Bodyguard season 2 is almost here!
BBC1 has confirmed that Jed Mercurio’s political conspiracy thriller will return, with Richard Madden reprising his role as Police Sergeant David Budd.
The first season was a huge success with viewers in 2018 and quickly established itself as one of the decade’s most popular dramas, with the last episode attracting 11 million viewers and millions more on iPlayer. We’ve been on the lookout for Bodyguard kompromat, and here’s what we’ve learned about the highly anticipated second season…
Bodyguard Season 2 Release Date
This is a difficult question to address. The first season of “Bodyguard” began in August and September 2018, and given the British series’ well-known reluctance to release new episodes, viewers knew it would be some time before new episodes were released. The series has not been officially renewed or cancelled as of yet, but that is irrelevant given that Madden, Mercurio, and others affiliated with “Bodyguard” have been speculating about a second season since the first concluded, and it now appears fairly inevitable. The only remaining issue is when.
Madden revealed in an interview with Deadline in 2018, shortly after BBC’s “Bodyguard” premiered on Netflix, “I’m going to meet Jed in a couple of weeks to have a discussion and see what’s going on in his incredible head.” Mercurio revealed at the Banff World Music Festival in mid-2019 that he was in discussions with the BBC, but that Season 2 had not yet been officially greenlit (via The Hollywood Reporter). In late 2019, actor Nicholas Gleaves, who portrayed Roger Penhaligon on “Bodyguard,” told RadioTimes that he spoke with a producer who “absolutely guaranteed” a second season, but nothing is official until it is.
Madden has now completed his roles in “From Now” and “Eternals,” clearing his calendar for a return to “Bodyguard” in 2021. The timeframe indicates that the first new episodes will air late next year or early in 2023, unless BBC speeds production.
Bodyguard Season 2 Cast
To begin, “Bodyguard” would be unrecognisable without PS Budd, so it’s safe to presume Madden will reprise his title role. Gina McKee will very certainly reprise her role as Commander Anne Sampson, head of the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command, as will Sophie Rundle as Vicky Budd, PS. Budd’s estranged wife and mother of their two children, Nina Toussaint-White as Detective Sergeant Louise Rayburn, a Counter-Terrorism officer who appears to trust Budd despite the ongoing investigation against him, and Ash Tandon as DCI Deepak Sharma, an astute investigator
Although it is safe to assume that Hawes will not reprise her role as Montague, there are several other supporting cast members who could appear in future storylines, including Vincent Franklin as Minister of State Mike Travis, Stuart Bowman as MI-5 Director-General Stephen Hunter-Dunn, Pippa Haywood as corrupt CSI Lorraine Craddock, and Michael Schaeffer as the mysterious “Richard Longcross.” The new episodes may also involve a time jump, which means that Budd’s life may include some new faces.
Bodyguard Season 2 Trailer
We don’t yet have one, but when we do, we’ll make sure to post it here. Meanwhile, here’s the first season trailer to whet your appetite…
Bodyguard Season 2 Plot
Budd is successful in identifying the assassin of Montague, as well as a few individuals inside the government who are manipulating the system to keep shady operations hidden near the end of “Bodyguard” Season 1. Budd is exonerated of all charges in connection with Montague’s death, and he decides to seek treatment for his post-traumatic stress disorder in order to rebuild his relationship with Vicky and his children. With their relationship in the state it is in at the end of the season, it appears as though Budd and Vicky will not reunite, with each planning to go on and meet other people, but they will continue co-parenting.
After all, when the truth is known, both the British Prime Minister and MI-5 leader Hunter-Dunn are forced to resign. Longcross evades capture, allowing the show to delve deeper into his identity and objectives. Although Longcross and Budd had only a few interactions in “Bodyguard” Season 1, they are tense and interesting, and it would be amazing to see hostile relationships develop further in the future. Nothing about the concept of “Bodyguard” Season 2 has been released thus far, although it’s likely that the show will pick up a few years later, with viewers meeting a drastically transformed Budd.
Where Can I See Bodyguard’s First Season?
The first six episodes of Bodyguard season one are now available on Netflix.