As the web of conspiracies gets deeper and twisted, will Peter Sutherland successfully unscrew the cork in the next rendition of
The Night Agent?
Thrilling mysteries, adrenaline-invoking crime espionage, scandalous moments of a forbidden budding romance, a top-down takedown of the unruly government officials, and a city that never sleeps, The Night Agent has it all. With crime-investigative genre pieces flooding the series market, there is a specific bar that is set to qualify the series as ground-revoking. Anything beneath it gets canceled by the giant streamer since it’s worth no one’s time. The Night Agent has attained the front-running position in this prevailing genre with its stellar cast and star-studded storyline based on a novel that goes by the title name, penned by Matthew Quirk.
Matthew’s awe-inspiring story was noticed by the creator of the show, Shawn Ryan, and he envisioned a series out of it. True enough, Season 1 of The Night Agent dropped on March 23, 2023, and the viewership skyrocketed. The viewership base of the series continues to expand as we await the second installment, which was picked up by Netflix earlier this year. After receiving a great reception from critics and die-hard fans around the world, the series debuted in the #1 spot on the English TV List with 168.71M hours viewed. The action-thriller ranks #3 for premiere week of viewing across all Season 1 TV and appeared in the Top 10 in 93 countries. It became one of the streamer’s most-viewed series, which made it easy for Netflix, without any doubt, to renew the popular action thriller television series created by Shawn Ryan for a second season!
So, the eager fans have been clacking their keyboards over the past few months since March, trying to catch a whiff of a single hint of an update regarding the arrival of The Night Agent Season 2. If you are one of the ardent fans of the series, do not look further. You have landed on the correct page to get your queries answered. We have gathered brand new intel regarding the current status of production of our beloved series and whether you can expect anything for September. Continue reading.
The Night Agent Season 2 Renewal: Announcement
Post-premiering of a successful and widely accepted Season 1 of the Night Agent on March 23, 2023, fans were gripping their seats over a potential revival of the series for a Season 2 by Netflix. Netflix was fast-fleeted in answering the prayers of the viewers and renewed The Night Agent for a Season 2 mere six days after its inception on March 29, 2023. This turbo renewal is a testament to the excellence that Season 1 garnered. The viewership of Season 1 surpassed that of Stranger Things in the first 28 days since its release. That is a force to reckon with!
That’s a quick renewal, especially considering it took several months for Netflix to renew Wednesday, which was the biggest show on the platform in 2022 and the third-biggest opening for a Netflix show of all time. The Night Agent wasn’t quite as big as Wednesday, but it’s in the top 10 most-viewed series on Netflix.
Ryan shared his thoughts on the renewal via Netflix:
“The last week has been a whirlwind as we’ve finally been able to share The Night Agent with the world. To see the tremendous reaction to the show has been a great joy and is a credit to our cast, our writers, our directors, our crew, and our partners at Sony Pictures Television and Netflix. We couldn’t be any prouder or more excited to get cracking on Season 2 to share the further adventures of Night Action with our newfound fans.”
Double Wow! Thanks to all our #TheNightAgent fans who answered the call and went on this journey with us. Can’t wait to do this all over again! Ten more episodes coming your way. @netflix https://t.co/kWL9DDEeL8
— Shawn Ryan (@ShawnRyanTV) March 29, 2023
However, since the renewal for the new Season took place in March, the writers were unaware of what was waiting for them on the other side of the door two months away. For those who are unaware of the hiatus situation of the entire Hollywood industry, we are stating the effects of the industry-wide double strike situation that has been going on for over three months, and we have officially entered the fourth. Productions have pressed pause, and schedules have been revised and pushed back since there are no writers to write the script and no actors to film it. So, the main question is if The Night Agent Season 2 has been siphoned into the hiatus realm like the rest of its peers. If so, what is the current production status of the show?
Current Production Status
Let’s rewind the tapes on that. March 29th, 2023, marked the renewal date for Season 2 of The Night Agent. The writers had not anticipated an industry-wide strike to shadow the future of scripted shows and sent Hollywood productions into a hiatus for over three months now. Additionally, it was revealed by an insider that production was set to begin in August 2023, but that would mean that the scripts had to be ready by that time. Well, the moment has passed. August is here, and so is the strike.
May 2023 witnessed the onslaught of the gravest writer’s protest in the form of the WGA union. Amidst the protest, several competing networks updated their fall broadcast schedules in anticipation of the dissipation of the strikes within the next month. However, in July, the actors union SAG-AFTRA also joined in the protest for their wage rights and better protection against the hindsight of Artificial Intelligence. The last time such a large-scale strike sent Hollywood productions into an indefinite hiatus was 63 years ago! We are in the third month of this double-strike situation, and there are no hopes for reconciliation through negotiations.
In a recent meeting held for the first time in more than three months, the Writers Guild and the AMPTP on Friday failed to reach an agreement to resume contract negotiations. Their inability to agree on terms for returning to the bargaining table comes after their much-anticipated meeting to discuss a possible resumption of talks.“As of now, there is no agreement on these items because the AMPTP said they needed to consult with their member studios before moving forward,” the union said in a statement last Friday.
This caused massive confusion and buzz amidst the fandom. We are currently nearing the end of three months of the strike, and no bouts of development or simmering down have been reported. However, we have come across a recent announcement sharing a possible retreat from the indefinite hiatus situation caused by the strike. Hollywood’s striking writers and major studios have agreed to hold talks on Friday for the first time since their strike began over higher pay demands in May 2023.
“We’ll be back in communication with you sometime after the meeting with further information,” the committee told its members in its note.
Though it seems like good news, that doesn’t mean that the chance of the series being delayed further is still on the table if the strikes gain more momentum and don’t reach a resolution within the next few weeks, especially after the meeting.
Hence, the current production status of Season 2 of The Night Agent? : Scripts are not ready. Filming has not begun.
Are There Any Expectations For September?
It does not look like September is going to be the month where we achieve a breakthrough with the current strike. Otherwise, there would have been updates of an impending resolution.
In May 2023, Ryan tweeted a picture of himself from the picket line of the WGA strike. He mentioned The Night Agent in the caption and suggested that the writers’ room for The Night Agent season 2 would be on hold until the strike is over. More recently, on Aug. 9, Ryan shared another photo from the picket line outside of Netflix Studios. In his caption, he commemorated the 100th day of the writers’ strike, also telling his fans that he’d rather be out making The Night Agent season 2. But of course, until the AMPTP comes around and agrees to the writers’ terms, he can’t do that.
Night agent star Basso took to Instagram in late July to share his thoughts on AI, starting by telling his followers that he “hate[s] technology.” He went on to explain that he’s not afraid of AI but rather believes because he’s not a machine, he can make valuable art.
“AI can never and will never be able to fabricate a soul,” Basso wrote. “Art without soul is material, and what makes art valuable can not be measured strictly in the material sense.”
On July 10, the show’s creator revealed that The Night Agent season 2 would be in production in August 2023 had the AMPTP made a deal with the WGA to avoid the writers’ strike. Ryan tweeted a picture of himself picketing outside Netflix headquarters in July 2023 that he shared with his fans.
So when will this horrid and lengthy strike end? When the AMPTP meets the demands of the WGA and SAG AFTRA. In recent unsettling news, Deadline reported that the studios plan to wait until the writers are losing their homes and apartments before coming back to negotiate a new deal: “The endgame is to allow things to drag on until union members start losing their apartments and losing their houses.”
The AMPTP is not interested in meeting the unions’ demands and would rather watch them run through their savings. So, it looks like the strike will be here to stay, at least for September. So, can we expect a potential release date for the new season?
Even in crisis, The Night Agent never forgets his manners pic.twitter.com/jiBGS30dpZ
— Netflix (@netflix) March 27, 2023
When Can The Night Agent Season 2 Be Released?
We already know from Netflix’s confirmation that the new Season of The Night Agent will reach us in 2024. What we don’t know is when. With the WGA and SAG AFTRA in full protest mode since May, we can expect a late 2024 release of the new Season, preferably by the fall of 2024.
We want to bring to your notice that these are only speculations, predictions, and guesswork at this point. We can only get a confirmed update on the same once the strike situation simmers down.
Who Will Reprise Their Roles?
The cast members who are expected to return in the second season are as follows:
- Gabriel Basso as Peter Sutherland
- Luciane Buchanan as Rose Larkin
- Fola Evans-Akingbola as Chelsea Arrington
- Sarah Desjardins as Maddie Redfield
- Eve Harlow as Ellen
- Phoenix Raei as Dale
- Enrique Murciano as Ben Almora
- D. B. Woodside as Erik Monks
- Hong Chau as Diane Farr.
The recurring cast members include:
- Andre Anthony as Colin Worley
- Christopher Shyer as Vice President Ashley Redfield
- Toby Levins as Nathan Briggs
- Ben Cotton as Gordon Wick
- Kari Matchett as President Michelle Travers
Ryan also mentioned to Deadline ahead of the renewal that he envisions that most of the cast for a second season (and beyond) would be different:
“If we are successful enough that Netflix wants more seasons, I think there’d be a whole new world in which you would see a limited number of characters from this current season going into that. But that’s something that I’d have to sit down with the writers and have it all figured out.”
Additionally, if there are any alterations to the cast of Season 2, we will be sure to update you. So stay tuned to this space for more updates.
Wow! Thanks everyone who watched. I did some quick math and at a 8.13 hour running time (with credits) that's the equivalent of 20,751,538 people watching every single episode in just four days! Love our #TheNightAgent team! Total team effort. @Netflix https://t.co/GLYa92wpwd
— Shawn Ryan (@ShawnRyanTV) March 28, 2023
What We Can Expect For The New Season?
The official synopsis of this thriller series created by Shawn Ryan based on the novel of the same name by Matthew Quirk states: “Based on the novel by Matthew Quirk, the series is a sophisticated, character-based, action-thriller centering on a low-level FBI agent who works in the basement of the White House, manning a phone that never rings—until the night that it does, propelling him into a fast-moving and dangerous conspiracy that ultimately leads all the way to the Oval Office.”
The second season is definitely going to pick up from the final episode, “Fathers.” In the episode, the viewers got to see that Arrington and Maddie fly with Redfield to Camp David on Marine Two. Redfield locks himself and Maddie in a basement panic room, telling her he thinks Travers is the enemy for cooperating with Zadar.
She threatens to tell the truth to the press, and he lets her out, believing she will instead be killed in the assassination attempt. Farr uses her position to sneak Sutherland and Larkin into Camp David. She warns Almora of the threat to Travers, but she is shot and Almora killed by Briggs, a rogue Secret Service agent working for Wick. Sutherland and Arrington realize two bombs have been planted. Arrington kills a rogue agent, finds one of the bombs, and evacuates Laurel House.
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— sana (@sanatrbI) April 4, 2023
She also releases Maddie from the basement and gets her out just before it explodes. Intercepting the rogue agent’s comms, Sutherland discovers the second bomb has been planted on Marine One, where the President will be evacuated. Pursued by US Marines and the Secret Service, he is able to intercept Traver’s details and prevent her from boarding just before the helicopter explodes. Instead of seeking vengeance, Larkin keeps Farr alive so she can stand trial and die in prison.
Later, we learn that Redfield is arrested, with Maddie agreeing to testify against him at his trial. Wick flees the country. Travers provides Sutherland with conclusive evidence of his father’s guilt but reveals he was planning on becoming a double agent and was assassinated, not killed in a car accident as was reported. She recruits him to become a full-night agent in the program. Now in a relationship with Larkin, he later departs Joint Base Andrews on his first mission.
Here is an episode run-down of Season 1 to catch you up to speed:
S1.E1 ∙ The Call
March 23, 2023
While working the night action desk, FBI agent Peter receives a distress call and is soon put in charge of protecting cybersecurity expert Rose.
S1.E2 ∙ Redial
March 23, 2023
After looking for a link between the Campbells and the FBI, Peter is forced to go on the run with Rose in search of a hard drive – and more answers.
S1.E3 ∙ The Zookeeper
March 23, 2023
Peter teams up with Rose for a risky mission at the White House. Elsewhere, a notable agent joins the security detail for the Vice President’s daughter.
S1.E4 ∙ Eyes Only
March 23, 2023
Rose and Peter seek out one of the Campbells’ recent contacts and uncover new intel. Monks open up to Chelsea. Paulo makes a move on Maddie.
S1.E5 ∙ The Marionette
March 23, 2023
Peter visits someone close to Hawkins. Rose makes a key connection. Maddie’s night out takes a dangerous turn, spurring the Secret Service into action.
S1.E6 ∙ Fathoms
March 23, 2023
With assassins hot on their trail, Peter and Rose split up en route to the White House. A shocking discovery quickly puts their lives in jeopardy.
S1.E7 ∙ Best Served Cold
March 23, 2023
Now in hiding, Peter and Rose grow closer and investigate a potential bombing suspect. At the White House, the conspirators obtain a disturbing tape.
S1.E8 ∙ Redux
March 23, 2023
More truths emerge about the bombing suspect’s identity. Chelsea and Peter race to find Maddie after she sends a video with a coded message.
S1.E9 ∙ The Devil We Know
March 23, 2023
After new revelations surface, Peter and Rose scramble to find more evidence with help from Chelsea and Maddie. A bigger threat looms at Camp David.
S1.E10 ∙ Fathers
March 23, 2023
With lives at stake, the group tries to stop a nefarious plot before it’s too late. In the aftermath, Peter confronts the past and begins a new chapter.
That’s not it! Luckily, creator and showrunner Shawn Ryan also told Netflix Tudum about what ideas are already cooking for his hero, Peter Sutherland (Gabriel Basso).
Peter Sutherland’s Future As A Night Agent
Shawn Ryan tells Netflix Tudum that Peter Sutherland ends Season 1 asking himself big questions like: “What have I got myself into?” and “What does Peter’s new job mean for the couple?” “That’s one of the big questions we’d love to answer in Season 2,” says Ryan. Further adding, “What does Peter getting on this plane and going somewhere (presumably overseas to enter into some new wild adventure) mean, with Rose going back to California to try to pursue her Silicon Valley dreams again? We certainly have some initial ideas.”
Rose And Peter’s Romance
Additionally, Buchanan also has some predictions for what her character’s destiny might entail. As the New Zealand-born actor agrees, Rose would love to pursue her tech goals again. “I really hope that she continues on her journey,” says Buchanan. Also added, “[The ending] leaves it really open-ended… I also want closure for her, I’m like, ‘This girl needs a lot of therapy after everything she’s been through.’” Moreover, the report mentioned the disgraced presidential chief of staff Diane Farr survives a gunshot wound in the finale, and nefarious mogul Gordon Wick slithers away from consequences.
“We liked the idea that this wasn’t so clean,” Ryan says of Wick’s escape. “That there is one person who, because of his resources and everything, is able to slink away. Maybe we’ll deal with him again in some way.” Peter certainly still has his eyes on Farr. “Due to his belief in due process, he’s not going to be bummed she’s alive,” Basso concedes. The report further added, “But if Farr eludes justice, he’ll be a little more wary of Travers. To be a traitor and not receive justice is not okay with Peter.”
Upon further inching into the cusp of the premiere of the new Season in 2024, we are certain new details for the plot will be released soon. Until then, keep a close eye on the social media accounts of the streamer giant and the production to get new updates.
The Night Agent Season 2 Episode Count: Netflix Released Official Episode Count
Netflix revealed that the upcoming season is expected to have a total of 10 episodes with an average runtime of 45 to 56 minutes, just like the prior season, in order to remain consistent. On the other hand, the episode titles and synopsis of the series have not been released yet. The network will publish those details when the episodes are due to air on the streaming service. So, we would advise fans to be patient and binge-watch the recently released first season to recall the events.
You can catch Season 1 of The Night Agent only on Netflix, provided you have a subscription for the same.
Is The Night Agent Season 2 Official Trailer Out Yet?
Since an official announcement for The Night Agent Season 2 release date is still underway, we do not currently possess the official trailer for The Night Agent. However, we will be sure to update this space once we get our hands on it.
Till then, check out the official trailer for The Night Agent Season 1 in the meantime:
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