Bodyguard: Season 2 Review, Cast, and everything you need to know before watching!
the cast of season 2:
Keeley Hawes as Julia Montague
Richard Madden as David Budd
Paddy Considine as Tony Hastings
Holliday Grainger as Anne Sampson
Adrian Dunbar and Patrick Malahide recur, with new cast members including Robert Glenister. season two is a different beast from the first series, which was more of an intimate character study set in one location over eight episodes. This time around we’re given six hour-long installments that cover 16 weeks – or thereabouts if you include the finale’s handover to next year’s run – following bodyguard David Budd (played by Richard Madden), who has been assigned protection duties for Home Secretary Julia Montague (played by Keeley Hawes). The tailoring is high, the stakes are higher.
Viewers of the hugely popular Bodyguard are no doubt eagerly waiting for season two. If you have yet to watch season one, then read on for a spoiler-free review and all the information you need to make an informed decision about whether or not it’s worth your time.
In season one, David Budd (Richard Madden) is a war veteran and police officer with PTSD. He’s assigned to protect the ambitious Home Secretary Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes). Unbeknownst to him, she has an agenda of her own that will lead them both into terrible danger. The story unfolds as he struggles between his duty and protecting himself from threats inside and outside work.
The first series was tense but balanced well by moments of humor which made it more accessible for people who don’t usually watch thrillers or suspenseful dramas. It also features excellent performances all around with Richard Madden being particularly convincing in his portrayal of the flawed hero protagonist caught up in a world where everyone has secrets, motivations they won’t share, and where even the laws of physics are breaking down.
The second series has all those things too but it’s a darker, more intense watch than before with an added sense of claustrophobia as events escalate to something much bigger than our lead character ever anticipated. It’s also just plain hard work sometimes in terms of following what is going on – there are lots of characters here who seem irrelevant until they pop up at precisely the right moment and without being able to see their motivations or connections beforehand you can feel slightly adrift from time to time. But that doesn’t stop this from being captivating viewing which draws us into a world we would never want to be part of, but can’t quite look away either.
Madden said he did not know about the show until his agent at United Agents asked him to read for it. He was a fan of Jed Mercurio’s work and accepted immediately; “Bodyguard” marks Madden’s first TV series since HBO’s Game of Thrones.”I want you to be my bodyguard,” Montague tells Budd in episode one. At that moment we realize how much power she wields over this man who she has never met before, but whose life will now revolve around her protection – as well as what might happen should anything go wrong with them both inside those six weeks’ worth of episodes.
what are the ratings of season 2:
The ratings for Season II of Bodyguard have not been released, but the first season had an average viewership of 13.84 million viewers per episode in the UK and Ireland (14% audience share). In Australia, it averaged a total of 680,000 social media interactions every week surpassing other popular programs that aired on ABC TV such as Modern Family and Home & Away.
The show will premiere on October 24th, 2019.
Season I of Bodyguard is available for streaming now with episodes from the first season lasting about an hour each. It can be watched in its entirety on Netflix or purchased as a DVD here.
It’s dramatic, suspenseful, gripping; never anything less than compelling viewing from start to finish with twists thrown in along the way that make you sit up straight.