Four months before it was launched on Amazon Prime Video, Jack Ryan season 2 had already been renewed.
Created by Lost’s Carlton Cuse and Prison Break’s Graham Roland, the show is the fifth version of Tom Clancy’s character to be released – and the first for TV – with John Krasinski stepping into the shoes of Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine to play the CIA analyst.
“With so much early anticipation for Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan from our customers and personally having the pleasure to preview the exhilarating, action-packed first season, we are excited to greenlight a second season of the series months ahead of its debut,” said Amazon Studios boss Jennifer Salke.
If you’ve already binged on the first eight episodes, here’s everything you need to know about the second season of Jack Ryan.
Jack Ryan season 2 release date: When can we expect it?
Given the early renewal, season 2 was already in production when season 1 was released on Amazon Prime Video worldwide on August 31, 2018.
“We’re two months into shooting the second season already. We’re really thankful for Amazon’s belief and support of the show,” Cuse told The Hollywood Reporter, with Roland adding: “I think we opened up the writers room for season two on October 4, 2017.”
So our best guess at the moment is that the show will stick to the late August slot for season 2, but given the success, it could be released earlier.
Jack Ryan season 2 cast: Who’s coming back?
The main trio of characters will be back in season 2, so that’s John Krasinski as Jack Ryan, Wendell Pierce as Ryan’s mentor James Greer and Abbie Cornish as Ryan’s girlfriend Cathy Mueller.
However, Ali Suliman won’t be back as Islamic terrorist Mousa Bin Suleiman after he was killed by Ryan in the season 1 finale as he attempted to assassinate the President and other leading political figures. That means we can also expect that Dina Shihabi won’t be back either as Suleiman’s wife Hanin Ali.
We will be seeing more of John Hoogenakker as Black Ops operative Matice as he’s been promoted to a series regular in season 2.
There will be a host of new faces joining the cast in season 2, led by Noomi Rapace as German intelligence agent Harriet ‘Harry’ Baumann and House of Cards star Michael Kelly as CIA field officer Mike November.
They’ll be joined by Jovan Adepo as former special Navy crewman Marcus, Jordi Molla as Nicolas Reyes (a leader of a South American country), Cristina Umaña as politician Gloria Bonalde and Francisco Denis as senior government official Ubarri.
But Tom Clancy’s other best-known protagonist, John Clark, won’t be appearing in the show, despite showing up in many of the Ryan books and on-screen in the movie franchise. “No, [he won’t be appearing],” Cuse told Digital Spy. “He’s kind of his own separate thing.”
Instead, Matice (John Hoogenakker) fulfils some of the same functions as Clark. “When you watch your show, if you liked Matice, he’s our version of that guy [Clark],” Roland explained.
Behind the camera, award-winning director Dennie Gordon will direct and executive produce three of the eight new episodes.
Jack Ryan season 2 plot: What will it be about?
While some characters have continued, season 2 will be its own self-contained story like the first season. “We see each one of these seasons like a different book in the series,” Cuse told The Hollywood Reporter.
Roland added: “You should be able to watch it in the same way that you can go to an airport bookstore and grab a Tom Clancy Jack Ryan book and never have read the previous one, and still enjoy it. In that same way, you should be able to enjoy our show. It shouldn’t be so serialised that you can’t jump in at any moment.”
As such, Jack Ryan season 2 will move on from terrorism to a dangerous, declining democratic regime in South America, with Ryan having to confront the forces in power.
“In the same way that Hunt for Red October is very different than Clear and Present Danger, we’re taking these two characters of Jack Ryan and Jim Greer and putting them in a wholly different story — in this case, a political thriller in South America that’s kind of an allegory for the decline of democracy,” Cuse teased.
And while the season 1 finale ended with Greer promoted to a new post in Russia and offering Ryan to come along with him (“I booked you a flight to Moscow”), don’t expect Russia to play a major role in season 2.
“Russia and Greer’s geography is an impediment to how these two guys are going to sync back up in season two. I wouldn’t look at it as, ‘They’re going to be going up against Russia next year’,” Roland explained.
Cuse added: “Part of the fun of the story is unwinding out of the end of season one, when we know Greer is off to Russia. How do these two characters get back together? What are their relative roles, and how are they involved in this? There’s a little bit of carryover where you benefit from seeing season one, but really, you could watch season two and it will be its own narrative.”
Watch Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan season 2 trailer below: