It's been three years since The Night Manager season 1 ended and now everyone is curious to know whether we are getting a second season or not.
After 'House' was canceled many were wondering about Hugh Laurie's next big move. Was he going to retire and enjoy the benefits of showbiz or was he going to return even bigger and better? Well, in 2016, we found out when the BBC released the super popular new series called 'The Night Manager'. The hit show stars Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Elizabeth Debicki and Olivia Colman and garnered a host of awards from BAFTA, the Primetime Emmys and Golden Globes. It even has viewership levels in its first season quite similar to that of Empire in its third season. The first episode garnered 10.18 million viewers in the UK and it managed to maintain its viewership around 10 million throughout the season. And to top it all off, it got a rating on 8.2/10 on IMDB. But was this all enough for the show to get a second season? Let's explore.
Yes, season 2 has been officially renewed and is currently in the works but whether it will see the light of day is another question. Both the writer and director of season 1 has left, leaving BBC with a big gap to fill. Susanne Bier, who directed the first season told Radio Times:
I’m not doing Night Manager 2. I wasn’t sure that I would do my very best work the second time round – so I decided that I should probably not do it and have somebody [else direct it]. I just got worried that I would repeat myself or do something which wasn’t as great, but I think somebody else is going to do an amazing job out of it.
She then told Broadcast:
We all very much want to do a season two, but the thing we absolutely do not want is to do something that does not live up to the level of season one. That would be a really bad idea.
And to add insult to injury, season 1 writer, David Farr, left as well, telling Digital Spy:
I was never confident that I was the right person [to write a second series]. And then having [Hanna] greenlit, I was like, ‘This is something I really connected to. I know where I’m going, very clearly'. It’s just a personal thing. I’m sure that they will get there, with that show, eventually.
And 'Hanna' has gone on to be a big hit on Amazon Prime, cementing Barr's place as a great writer. So with these two amazing talents gone it's really hard to say what's going to happen next. Another thing to consider is that 'The Night Manager' is based on a novel of the same name and since season 1 covered most of the story, the second season lacks source material. Need I remind you what happened to Game Of Thrones when the screenwriters ran out of source material? So it's likely that season 2 may never see the light of day.
Considering the script difficulties we can't say for certain when season 2 will premiere if it premieres at all. For instances like this, the Trinikid team likes to use past seasons and production status as a ruler to measure the potential release of the new season but given that it has been three years since season 1, it's anyone's guess now. Also, Tom Hiddleston is a very busy man with many projects in the works so getting him back might be a bit of a stretch especially since it has been so long.
The new writer Charles Cumming has hinted that "some characters that the audience know and love will be returning, others will not."
It has been heavily rumored that the main characters will be returning. So we can expect Tom Hiddleston to return as hotel night manager Jonathan Pine, Hugh Laurie as arms dealer Richard Roper, Olivia Colman as intelligence operative Angela Burr and Elizabeth Debicki as Jed Marshall, Roper’s girlfriend. The long delay could simply be because of the main stars' busy schedules, making it tough to get them all in the same place at the same time, especially Olivia Colman who has been very busy the past couple years as she has signed on for a whole two seasons of Netflix's 'The Crown'
According to a 'BBC insider', the team are "just working on the story, and then it's down to availability."
This new season has no source material to work with as it was based on a stand-alone novel. So the BBC has the opportunity to create something fresh and new that the audience hasn't seen before. Given how season 1 ended we can assume that Jonathan will fulfill his promise by visiting Jed and her son in America. We may also find out what happened to Roper after he was ambiguously taken away in a van.