Will there be a Bloodlands season 2 and when will it be released?

BBC's detective drama Bloodlands left fans reeling with an explosive final episode.

Left with many unanswered questions, it's unsurprising that fans are desperate to know if the show will be back for a second run.

Will there be a Bloodlands season 2?

Yes! The BBC have announced that the drama will return for a second run.

The good news was revealed just after the first season's dramatic finale aired.

The news came as welcome news to show star James Nesbitt.

He said: “I’m thrilled that viewers responded to Bloodlands so positively and that we will be returning for a second series.

"I’m always happy to be back in Northern Ireland and to reveal even more about Tom Brannick.”

The show's writer, Chris Brandon, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Tom Brannick’s story will continue with a new series of Bloodlands.

"It has been phenomenal to get such a positive response to James Nesbitt’s astounding performance, and the excellent work of his fellow cast and crew.

"What a privilege to begin another adventure with HTM Television and the BBC, in Northern Ireland – I can’t wait.”

When will it be released?

BBC have not yet announced a date for season two of the detective drama.

Bloodlands season one was filmed in early 2020, and released on TV in early 2021, so we anticipate a bit of a wait before another season hits our screens.

 Like the first series, filming will take place in Belfast and the surrounding areas, including Strangford Lough.

What will happen in Bloodlands season 2?

*Spoiler alert*

The finale of Bloodlands season one came as a shock to viewers, after Goliath's identity was finally revealed.

Throughout the series, fans had been trying to guess who it could be, a massive twist came when Tom shot Adam Corry dead after he confronted him about being Goliath.

Tom later admitted to Tori was in fact Goliath, and had killed her father . 

He also revealed that he committed the murders after being blackmailed by David Corry, who held his wife hostage unless he killed three people.

After Tori threatens to reveal his secret, Tom provoked former IRA member Pat Keenan to kill Tori.

He then framed Pat with Goliath's weapon and killed him himself, supposedly covering his racks.

We can expect season two to pick up after this series of dramatic deaths – with police none the wiser about Tom's identity.

Who will be in the cast of Bloodlands season 2?

James Nesbitt will of course be returning as DCI Tom Brannick

It's a safe bet that much of the main crew will be staying the same. So it's a safe bet that Lorcan Cranitch will return as Jackie, along with Charlene McKenna as Niamh, Chris Walley as Birdy and Lola Petticrew as Izzy Brannick.

Of course, with the death of Adam, Tori and Pat, Ian McElhinney, Lisa Dwanand Peter Balance won’t be returning for series two – unless they appear in flashbacks.

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