In January 2021, BBC America debuted “The Watch,” science fiction and fantasy-tinged police procedural. “The Watch,” based on Terry Pratchett’s best-selling “Discworld” series of novels, features a group of police officers tasked with protecting the magical city of Ankh-Morpork from a variety of human and legendary criminals.
“The Watch” isn’t a pure adaptation, though, since it makes some daring decisions that differ from the books. For one, the TV show ditches the books’ mediaeval backdrop in favour of a more current punk-rock aesthetic.
That could be one of the reasons why the first season of “The Watch” wasn’t a smash hit: it now has a critics’ score of 56% on Rotten Tomatoes, with an audience score of much lower 36%. The show’s new appearance was just too much of a leap for some fans of the book series.
The Watch Season 2 (2022) | BBC America, Release Date
Even if some fans aren’t completely satisfied with this adaptation, it’s still a unique programme with a wealth of source material and a passionate fan following. Here’s all we know about a potential “The Watch” renewal so far.
When will The Watch season 2 be available?
The BBC has yet to confirm whether or not “The Watch” will be renewed for a second season, so a release date is still a long way off. Season 1 of the show began filming in late October 2019 (via Bleeding Cool), and it premiered on BBC America on January 3, 2021. That means it took nearly a year from the start of production to the release of the show — and this was amid the coronavirus outbreak. So, if The Watch is renewed by the BBC, it will not be available for another year.
For what it’s worth, Cheery’s Jo Eaton-Kent believes there’s enough material for a second season and beyond. “Because there are so many unsolved issues,” she told Collider, “I honestly feel that a Season 2 is on the horizon.” “Hang on, that question never really got addressed, did it?” I wondered earlier as I was preparing breakfast. Everyone else will be feeling the same way. It’s not as if they neglected to mention it. Everything is on purpose.”
Season 2 of The Watch has a cast. Who is in it?
If “The Watch” gets a second season, the main cast is almost certain to return. The members of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch are tasked with protecting their town against a variety of mythical creatures in “The Watch.” Richard Dormer plays Captain Sam Vimes, the unit’s commander; Jo Eaton-Kent portrays Constable Cheery Littlebottom, the unit’s forensics officer; Adam Hugill portrays Constable Carrot Ironfoundersson, the newest member of the City Watch; Marama Corlett portrays Corporal Angua, and Ralph Ineson portrays Sergeant Detritus’ voice.
Anna Chancellor as Lord Havelock Vetinari, the ruler of Ankh-Moropork; James Fleet as the arch-chancellor of Unseen University, Ankh-wizardry Moropork’s school; Wendell Pierce as Death; and Lara Rossi as Sam’s wife, Lady Sybil Ramkin, are among the other supporting cast members who are most likely to return.
What happens in season two of The Watch?
Sam Vimes’ discovery of the Observers’ realm, a location frozen in time where it’s possible to be transferred into practically any alternate reality, is the most significant development coming into Season 2 based on where the programme left off at the end of Season 1.
In an interview with The Wrap, star Adam Hugill said, ” “Really, who knows what might occur? Because the Observers’ world and the humans who have been transferred into it have the ability to choose any multiverse they wish and send Vimes back into one where he must also exist. So who knows where you’ll find him in the future. Who knows where they’re going to re-introduce him?”
The villain Carcer Dun blamed The Watch member Lupin Worse for summoning the dragon that attacked Ankh-Morpork in the Season 1 finale, and The Watch members Angua and Carrot eventually admitted their emotions for one other but didn’t pursue a romance. If Season 2 is made, there will be plenty of material for everyone involved.