While Netflix is well-known for its abundance of dating programs, documentaries, and original movies, series based on true tales, such as Mindhunter and Inventing Anna, are among the streamer’s best offerings. One of these shows is Painkiller, a recently released series that recounts the terrible narrative of how the opioid crisis took root in the United States. The series is based on the New Yorker story “The Family That Built an Empire of Pain” by Patrick Radden Keefe and Barry Meier’s book Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origins of America’s Opioid Epidemic.
The show is divided into six hour-long segments that depict the genesis and consequences of the opioid crisis. The show throws light on the Sackler Family, the proprietors of Purdue Pharma, the firm that invented OxyContin—as well as the pharmaceutical business as a whole. While the series is done, the opioid issue continues, leaving Painkiller fans wondering whether there will be a second season. Here’s what we know about the show’s likely future.
Did Painkiller get renewed for Season 2?
Unfortunately, Painkiller hasn’t been renewed for another season so far. It has been billed as a limited series, and as we know about limited series, they usually don’t get renewed for an additional season. The first season of Painkiller in itself felt complete and didn’t appear to require another season. However, Netflix has always given exceptions, and we could definitely anticipate another season.
What to expect from Painkiller Season 2?
Although we don’t have enough information regarding Painkiller Season 2, there are a lot of angles with which the new plot could take life. Season 2 will most likely focus on the aftermath of Glen’s overdose as well as the ongoing damage caused by the opioid crisis.
Season 1 recounted the experiences of offenders, individuals who suffered unfairly, and the aftermath of the crisis, concluding with the message that the pain continues for many people today. If Netflix feels compelled to do more, it will very certainly continue in the same spirit, maybe adopting a more aggressive stance on corruption and litigation.
Who might be cast for Painkiller Season 2?
Nothing has been confirmed as of now regarding the Season’s renewal, which is why we’re still unsure about the cast. But if the show gets greenlit for an additional season, the following actors will definitely do justice to the plot.
- Uzo Aduba as Edie
- Matthew Broderick as Richard Sackler
- Sam Anderson as Raymond Sackler
- Carolina Bartczak as Lily Kryger
- Tyler Ritter as John Brownlee
- John Ales as Dr. Gregory Fitzgibbons
- Ron Lea as Bill Havens
- Ana Cruz Kayne as Brianna Ortiz
- West Duchovny as Shannon Schaeffer
- Jack Mulhern as Tyler Kryger
- Dina Shihabi as Britt
- John Rothman as Mortimer Sackler
- John Murphy as Michael Friedman
Is there a trailer for Painkiller Season 2?
Unfortunately, there’s no trailer for Painkiller Season 2 as of now. Please stay tuned for more updates regarding the same.
Where to watch Painkiller?
Painkiller is a Netflix Original. The first season is ready to stream on Netflix.