Fire Country Season 2: Will Max Thieriot return as Bode Donovan?

Fire Country Season 2: Will Max Thieriot return as Bode Donovan?
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Are you also wondering if Max Thieriot will return or not? If yes, then you have reached the right place to know all about the latest casting updates. 

The return of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire, on television screens is something that has been highly anticipated! There is absolutely no doubt left that the excitement has been building more than ever, as die-hard fans really want to get answers to all the questions that have been lurking behind their minds for the last few months, especially after the way the first season’s final episodes ended on a major cliffhanger, leading to debating about whether the fate of some characters in this series is going to be tested for the next chapter or not.

This is a query that has raised some eyebrows, as the fans are curious to know if, this time around, there might be some characters whose time has come to an end as maybe they might not reprise their roles for the next season. Due to this, countless fan theories and discussions have started to spread like wildfire online, which, to be honest, are kind of fun to look out for but, at the same time, can be scary if they turn out to be true.

One of the characters whose journey in Fire Country Season 2 has been discussed the most is none other than Max Thieriot as Bode Donovan! With so many fan pages commenting and speculating about his return, it’s pretty evident that the fans want some type of confirmation on whether his character will continue his journey in the second season or whether he will be the one who soon bids farewell. So, if you are curious to know more, then we urge our readers to buckle up and sit tight, as we have got you covered with all the latest details relating to the most controversial question on this web! 

Fire Country Season 2: Will Max Thieriot return as Bode Donovan?

Will Max Thieriot return or not return as Bode Donovan?

Firstly, we request all the loyal Fire Country viewers, especially those who are from the Bode Donovan fandom, to relax and take a deep breath because we have some great news to share with all of you, and we are certain it will be a big sigh of relief! Can you guess what we are about to confirm?

Yes, you are absolutely right! 

Despite all the chatter surrounding Thieriot’s future as the beloved Bode Donovan being in danger for the second season. Much to everyone’s joy, it has been officially confirmed that all these ongoing reports on the web were just pure rumors being spread by strangers who were just looking for some online engagement from the fans, which they sadly failed to get. Ever since the series was renewed for a second season back on January 6, 2023, it has been verified that Thieriot will certainly return to the show, as his character is the backbone of Fire Country, whom the viewers were introduced to in the pilot episode.

Moreover, the show’s co-creator/producer,  Joan Rater, also talked about the character’s fundamental appeal to audiences. “Max is the guy”, she told CinemaBlend. Further stating, “I think people came to watch Max. They stay because of Max and because of the story. They’re falling in love with this family, with these people. We just have to keep giving them good story.”

Due to the strong foundation of this character whose story revolves around the show, there was no chance left that the network would scrap his role this early on in the show. This captivating character has managed to capture the hearts of viewers with his compelling backstory, complex personality, and remarkable acting skills. For this, we are certain that he will be a bigger player in the series for more episodes in the near future. As a result, it has become evident that removing such a beloved and central character as Donovan isn’t going to happen anytime soon, and he will be back to play a crucial role in the second season.

Fire Country Season 2: Will Max Thieriot return as Bode Donovan?

Fire Country Season 2 Frequently Asked Questions

What is the anticipated release date?

The previously confirmed schedule for Fire Country Season 2 has undergone some major changes due to the ongoing 2023 WGA strike along with the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, which caused the CBS network to make an urgent decision and shift the entirety of their fall broadcast schedule until next year.

Due to this, the release window for the Fire Country Season 2 comeback has been set to be sometime around early 2024 (the first quarter of 2023, starting from January to March), just like other networks, by rescheduling all the scripted series until next year and keeping the remaining schedule filled with non-scripted shows, which usually include reruns and reality shows to fill the empty slots.

What to expect from the new season?

Nothing about the plot has been confirmed, but recently, Diane Farr, who plays Sharon Leone, told TVInsider, “I’m hoping to explore what happens when a codependent person who wants to save other people is saved by somebody else. So in the best-case scenario, seeing someone care for me would make me want to learn how to care for myself, but that’s not really how it happens. Usually, you’re like, ‘Oh, I have to go find someone that’s going to care for me.’ So whether that’s Luke or someone else, it’s just going to be interesting if she can’t put all of her time into saving her son or sort of in a way keeping her marriage afloat.”

After looking at this statement, one thing is pretty clear: the show’s basic theme will be carried further into the new season, and the plotlines from the first season’s finale episode, I Know It Feels Impossible,” will also move forward as there are many unresolved arcs that will soon need to be addressed to build up the hype of the show more than ever!

Who will reprise their roles?

The main cast members who are expected to return are as follows: Max Thieriot as Bode Donovan (aka Bode Leone), Kevin Alejandro as Manny Perez, Jordan Calloway as Jake Crawford, Stephanie Arcila as Gabriela Perez, Jules Latimer as Eve Edwards, Diane Farr as Sharon Leone, and Billy Burke as Vince Leone. Other actors such as W. Tré Davis as Freddy Mills and Michael Trucco as Luke Leone are likely to make recurring appearances in Season 2, further adding depth and intrigue to the series.

It was also reported that Zach Tinker had joined the cast in an undisclosed capacity. Moreover, back in March 2023, it was announced that Rebecca Mader and Kanoa Goo would be cast in recurring roles.

Mader’s character, Faye, will play a pivotal part in the storyline, with her serving as the leader of a private concierge firefighting company and developing both a professional and personal connection with Manny. Kanoa Goo will bring his talents to Fire Country as Kyle, an extremely fit swimmer who arrives to participate in a swim clinic. Kyle shares a familiar acquaintance with Gabriela and seems to take an interest in becoming Bode’s new romantic rival. While Gabriela sees Kyle as a trusted friend, his actions suggest that he might be attempting to win her heart.

How many episodes will be there?

Initially, the next season was anticipated to include at least 22 episodes, as it was meant to be consistent with its predecessor. But, with the delay in production caused by the emergence of the ongoing dual strikes, we would like to point out that the official episode count may vary, which may have prompted the makers of the show to slash the number of episodes by creating a shorter season with 15 to 18 episodes so that the season may air on the allotted schedule.

Where to stream?

Fire Country is available on the CBS app and website and later on Paramount Plus. The first season is also available to stream on FuboTV, depending on viewers’ locations. The show is also available to rent or buy on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, and Vudu, with preferred membership plans that the users can choose. Internationally, the series premiered in Australia on Network 10. Whereas in New Zealand, the series airs on TVNZ 2.

Hence, if the readers want to receive updates on when the show premieres on the respective streaming platforms, they can also enable notifications on the respective platforms. 

Is there any official trailer available?

The production has not even begun for the second season, and the official marketing usually begins a month or two before the premiere. Due to this, we are certain that no new promos will be released anytime soon. In the meantime, check out the official trailer for Fire Country Season 1 (below), which has received a fairly mixed reception. 

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 50% approval rating with an average rating of 4.3/10, based on 8 critic reviews. Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 55 out of 100 based on 5 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews.” In the meantime, we check out the official trailer for Fire Country Season 1 to recall what has happened in the series so far: 

'Fire Country' First Look Trailer | New Series This Fall

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