Alan Ritchson on Wednesday morning dropped a big clue about which of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels Season 2 of Prime Video’s hit adaptation will follow.
The Reacher star tweeted but a photo of ceramic brass knuckles and a blade (below) — which fans of the novels might recognize as belonging to David O’Donnell, the member of Reacher’s old 110th MP unit who figures into Bad Luck and Trouble, the 11th book in the series.
Prime Video subsequently confirmed the news, adding that besides Ritchson, Maria Sten (Swamp Thing) will also return for Season 2, as Frances Neagley. Filming will begin this fall.
— Alan Ritchson (@alanritchson) May 18, 2022
The leap from covering Killing Floor, the first Reacher novel, in Season 1, to the 11th book in Season 2, is not unexpected. “Don’t assume we’re going chronologically, and don’t assume we’re not going chronologically,” showrunner Nick Santora told TVLine in February.
Released in 2009, Bad Luck and Trouble (per Amazon.com’s book synopsis) finds Reacher “pulled out of his wandering life and plunged into the heart of a conspiracy that is killing old friends … and the people he once trusted with his life.” The story begins when Neagley contacts Reacher using a signal that only the eight members of their elite team would know. She then tells him a terrifying story about the brutal death of a man they both served with. Soon Reacher is reuniting with the survivors of his team, scrambling to unravel the sudden disappearance of two other comrades.
Prime Video’s official teaser for Season 2 of the streaming series, meanwhile, says simply, “When the members of Reacher’s old military unit start turning up dead, Reacher has just one thing on his mind — revenge. “
Reacher was famously renewed near-instantly after its premiere, due to strong viewing numbers — it was the first Prime Video series to claim the No. 1 spot on Nielsen’s weekly Top 10 chart, amassing 1.6 billion minutes viewed across just eight episodes — and a refreshingly warm reception from fans of the source material.
“I think the show was received well because Lee Child created an incredible character,” Santora said after the renewal came through. “Jack Reacher is beyond unique. He’s very different from any other literary character that’s out there, and hopefully now people think that he’s different from other characters on television.”