Everything We Know About Reacher Season 2
The only thing fans seemed to want heading into Reacher season 1 on Amazon—an eight-episode adaptation of the first novel in the series by Lee Child, Killing Floor—was a tall Reacher. Specifically, a 6’5” 250-pound brick outhouse of a man, a faithful rendering of the novel’s Jack Reacher, who is described many, many times in the novel as being, just, huge.
Hollywood already had a crack at casting with a pair of Reacher films—Jack Reacher in 2012, based on Child’s novel One Shot, and 2016’s Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, based on the Child novel of the same name. In those films, the studios cast a 5’7” Tom Cruise to play Reacher.
While few can question Cruise’s commitment to action cinema, everyone could see that the studio missed the physicality mark. Reacher series creator Nick Santora has since put all casting complaints to bed when his team locked in literal Titan Alan Ritchson—who is actually 6’2” and younger than his literary counterpart, but who cares?
Ritchson’s physical presence may be the most compelling part of season 1, where, as readers, we’re still overcoming the uncanny feeling of seeing a literary character brought so faithfully to life. (By god, a streaming service finally did it.) And while Reacher does stray from its source material to fill its eight episodes, the tone and pacing of the story does the novel more than cinematic justice; we’re starting to think that maybe the series should have been TV shows all along.
Of course, there are a lot more stories to adopt. Season 1 completed the full storyline of Killing Floor, but that represents only one of more than two dozen books in the series. Give us 12 more seasons of Reacher, Amazon.
Here’s what we know about season 2.
Will Reacher get a season 2?
Amazon has not yet announced a renewal order for the series. The decision will likely depend on viewership numbers over the next few weeks. However, early reviews seem to be strong and plenty of other adult-ass-kicking content has done well for Amazon, including The Boys, Jack Ryan, and Invincible—all renewed for future seasons.
Streaming services also seem to be traversing, still, the adaptation trail, hoping to land a blockbuster success with a bounty of source material to help it along for several seasons. (Wheel of Time appears to be Amazon’s recent gamble.) There’s reason enough to think that Amazon holds a large enough audience for adult action.
And so, we’re optimistic.