Reacher hit us like a left hook from one of Reacher's sandbag mitts, catching us off guard with how fun it was even though our expectations weren't that high. The crime drama, an adaptation of Lee Child's book series, came to life thanks mostly to star Alan Ritchson, who filled out the character of Jack Reacher the way he always was meant to be: a hulking, intelligent, former military smart-ass who travels the country solving crimes and eating. Since its release, Reacher has become one of Amazon Prime Video's most popular shows, sticking around the streamer's Top 10 Shows and Movies list from the day it was released. Not even The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power can say that.
Reacher was renewed for a second season faster than Reacher could beat up two guys, which is very fast indeed. We have questions about Season 2, and so do you. What Jack Reacher book will it be based on? When will Reacher Season 2 be released? Which cast members will be returning? We'll try to answer all those questions below, and update the post as more details are released.
Everyone grab a slice of pie, because Reacher Season 2 has finished filming! In late February, Alan Ritchson returned to social media to let the world know that the last scene was done shooting and that the series will be returning bigger and better than ever. Now the post-production begins, meaning we should expect Season 2 to drop this year. You can see the video in the "production and filming" section.
We still don't know when Reacher Season 2 will premiere, but our best guess has been that we can expect the new season in 2023, though likely not until the summer at the earliest given that filming concluded in late February. (Reacher Season 1 premiered in February of last year.) Vernon Sanders, head of Prime Video Television, supported that guess when he told Collider that it will be back in 2023.
Speaking about Season 2 at the end of 2022, Sanders said, "It's going really well. Alan is back, and he is so fantastic in the role. I'm so proud of the producers [for] finding that fit for Reacher. The Reacher fans of the book, their reaction to the show has just been a dream. Season 2 is awesome. And as great as Season 1 was, I think Season 2 delivers beyond that, and I do think there's a good chance that that show will be back next year."
Alan Ritchson let the world know in September 2022 that filming on Season 2 had officially begun, and, with the help of some visual aids, that Season 2 will be bigger than Season 1.
In late February 2023, Ritchson — covered in bloody makeup and looking like he just wrestled three crocodiles in the middle of a category 5 tornado — returned to Twitter to let fans know that the crew had finished shooting Season 2, and that they've delivered on the promise of making things bigger and better than ever. And yes, he wrapped things up with the oversized slate.
Reacher Season 1 covered the first book in Lee Child's Jack Reacher books, Killing Floor. As for Season 2, star Alan Ritchson revealed which book it will be based on via Twitter in May 2022.
Bad Luck and Trouble is the eleventh book in the series, and it sees Reacher investigating the murders of his old military police squad. Series creator Nick Santora has said that Reacher won't follow the books chronologically, so expect further seasons to bounce around again.
Amazon's official logline for the season is a bit more harsh: "When the members of Reacher's old military unit start turning up dead, Reacher has just one thing on his mind — revenge." Hell yeah, dude.
It wouldn't be Reacher without Jack Reacher, so it's obvious that Alan Ritchson will be back as the big ol' lug, despite the fact that he's about to become a huge movie star as part of the next Fast & Furious film. But the Reacher TV series was always meant to stay true to Reacher's wandering ways from the books, meaning it's unlikely that we'll meet up again with Oscar Finlay (Malcolm Goodwin), Roscoe Conklin (Willa Fitzgerald), or other citizens of Margrave, Georgia. This has been all but confirmed by Fitzgerald, who said she always knew Roscoe was only going to be in Season 1 in an interview with Digital Spy.
However, Deadline reports that Season 2 will include Season 1 vet Frances Neagley (Maria Sten), who was one of Reacher's old squadmates on his military police team. Frances is a recurring character in the Reacher novels, so it makes sense that she's going to recur in the show, too.
On Sept. 14, Deadline revealed that Shaun Sipos, who was last seen on Prime Video's Outer Range as Luke Tillerson, will play David O'Donnell, Reacher's pal from the 110th Army unit of special investigators. He'll be a major lead in the season opposite Ritchson.
On Sept. 21, Deadline reported more cast members, including Serinda Swan (Marvel's Inhumans), Ferdinand Kingsley (Sandman), and Rory Cochrane (CSI: Miami). Swan will play special investigator Karla Dixon, Kingsley will play undercover mercenary A.M., and Cochrane will play private defense contractor security head Shane Langston. Additionally, Domenick Lombardozzi, Luke Bilyk, Dean McKenzie, Edsson Morales, Andres Collantes, Shannon Kook-Chun, Ty Victor Olsson, Josh Blacker, and Al Sapienza will also star in Season 2 in various roles.
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We were impressed with the adaptation of Reacher for the small screen, and especially loved the casting of Ritchson as Reacher. Though there was room for improvement, we breezed through the episodes. It should also be noted that we felt the series got better as the season went along right up to the finale, but were only able to watch the first five episodes for review. Here's our review.
Reacher is an Amazon Prime Video exclusive, so the only way to watch it is to have an Amazon Prime Video subscription. Season 1 is now streaming.