The Alienist was confirmed to be renewed for a second season by US network TNT, its plot, cast and release date among other details right here. So stick around!
On August 16th, 2018, The Alienist was confirmed to be renewed for a second season by US network TNT. But since then, everyone from the actors to the crew members has been tight-lipped about the production status of the show and everything else that’s been happening. But like the good citizens we are, we assure to provide you and other readers like you with all the latest goodies about the series, its plot, cast and release date among other details right here. So stick around!
Many fans may be confused by the report put out by TV Line, but if they read it carefully, they would realize that it’s actually a sequel that is an adaptation of Caleb Carr’s 1997 novel The Angel of Darkness, which is, in fact, a sequel to his 1994 novel The Alienist, so it makes sense.
In her statement, TNT’s executive vice president of original programming Sarah Aubrey went out to say:
“We could not be prouder of The Alienist’s outstanding, award-worthy performance and all of the work the incredible actors and crew put in to bring that story and time period to life.”
She told Variety:
“Our audience fell in love with these multi-dimensional, timeless characters and the journey of their struggles living in complicated times. With this new story in TNT’s Suspense Collection, we will further immerse viewers into their world as they are confronted with a new enemy.”
The first show or season (according to the Netflix format) was released in America on a weekly basis before it came to Netflix in April given that the streaming service was provided the international distribution rights for the series.
As for when the second season or sequel is supposed to drop, it’s really up in the air at the moment. However, we did get word from Den of Geek that TNT was to begin filming on the series sometime by this week (as of this writing) with a target release date of 2020. We’ll keep updating the page should any new details come up.
Den of Geek reveals that the main cast of characters comprising of Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans, and Dakota Fanning will be reprising their roles as Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, John Schuyler Moore and Sara Howard.
We also expect to see Douglas Smith reprise his role as Marcus Isaacson, Brian Geraghty as Theodore Roosevelt, Matthew Shear as Lucius Isaacson, Matt Lintz as Stevie Taggart and Robert Ray Wisdom as Cyrus.
As far as new characters go, we’ll have to wait and see. But we do hope to get some fresh female faces, especially after the terrible demise of Mary Palmer (Q'orianka Kilcher) in Season 1.
We might not know who will play what in Angel of Darkness but we do know that there will be prominent historic characters like women's rights leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton, painter Albert Pinkham Ryder and lawyer Clarence Darrow.
The Angel of Darkness book is set in 1897, set approximately one year after the events of The Alienist, which follows Sara Howard who is now a private detective on the pursuit to rescue the baby daughter of a visiting Spanish dignitary who has been kidnapped with the help of Dr. Kreizler.
Kreizler joins back with Sarah, John Moore as well as other members of their team to track the missing infant, leading them to encounter an ominous woman with a murderous past, who has connections with a notorious gang.
Now how well the second season or sequel adapts the second book is something that we have yet to see considering how the first season was shown to have a bit of relevance with the current age that we live in, something that was also observed by one of the main cast members, Daniel Brühl who said the following:
“There are issues that have relevance now and that are incredibly current and it was only halfway through the show we realized, unfortunately, how incredibly current and relevant the show feels. So, 1896 in New York isn't that far away from what we're living through and experiencing nowadays.”
"There's a huge division gap between the very rich and the poor, and sexual harassment, gender issues, and the immigration crisis, and corruption in the police and corruption in politics – it's all still happening, which is sad."
Sara’s journey itself, going from a secretary to a private investigator, had her explore from the issues that we face even to this day and age, including sexual harassment, suppressing women’s rights, and abuse of power. And if the MeToo movement is something to go by, we’ll surely be going more in-depth into these themes with the second season.