Doesn’t everyone want a Bodyguard season 2? Well, maybe that’s a contentious subject. In some ways, you can argue that the first season is so perfect that there is no real need to continue the story. Yet, we’re insatiable viewers in a time where content is consumed like a buffet. Since you know the option is there to go back up and get more food, restraint is a rare commodity.
If Bodyguard season 2 turns out to be every bit as excellent as the first, then it will justify this long period of uncertainty and constant questions. If it disappoints, then it could be another example of a great series that should’ve called it quits early.
Jed Mercurio is one of the reasons for cautious optimism. He is a man responsible for Line of Duty, one of the most well-written and complex British shows on the air. He’s been able to weave great mysteries across several seasons — heck, he wrote a finale episode that was almost entirely set in one interrogation room and we enjoyed every second. In Jed we trust … but we sure wish that someone over at BBC One or Netflix would go ahead and confirm another season.
Speaking (via The Hollywood Reporter) while at the Banff World Media Festival, Mercurio did make it clear that he and the BBC are “in talks” on another season, adding that they are “going through the logistics of it. There’s no real update now.” There will be an update eventually — after this much hand-wringing, nobody would want to do with the protests otherwise. It’s mostly a matter of figuring out the timing and how to tell the best story. David Budd probably needs a break after becoming an even-more-traumatized public figure amidst (spoiler alert) Julia Montague’s death and a larger conspiracy. How do you still be the same sort of PPO?
As for the future of his other show, Mercurio confirmed that he is pondering over the future of Line of Duty — there is already another season confirmed, but it’s always possible that we’re closing in on the end. Line of Duty streams in the US on Acorn TV, and we highly advise you check that out if you want thrilling police drama that shockingly, also combines a great deal of actual British police procedure.
Our feeling is that there’ll be word on a Bodyguard renewal by the end of the year, and we could see it at some point in 2020. Personally, we’d prefer to see Bodyguard and Line of Duty air in alternate years — it’s a way to ensure one great show doesn’t die out in favor of the other, just as it’s also a way in which to ensure that Mercurio remains creatively fulfilled.
While you wait, check out our video review below for the most-recent Line of Duty finale. After you watch that, we suggest that you subscribe to CarterMatt on YouTube for more updates.
What do you want to see transpire across a Bodyguard season 2? Be sure to share now in the comments. (Photo: BBC.)