The Watcher Season 2 renewed by Netflix

The Watcher has been renewed for Season 2 by Netflix
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Is The Watcher Season 2 given the green light? Continue reading to know more about the new season. 

The good news has finally arrived for true crime television fanatics, as the network has officially renewed the show for a second season, and 657 Boulevard from Westfield is actually making a return to Netflix, much to fans’ surprise, who thought that the show might have completed its plot with the first season. After the renewal announcement, the curiosity about how the series will be able to expand for another season is at an all-time high. 

As the show’s interesting plot is enough to be explored further after the events of the final episode from season one. If you are one of those who want to get clarity about the renewal status, then look no further as we’ve compiled all of the relevant information on The Watcher Season 2 renewal status, release date, plot, and other crucial details due to the high level of interest shown by fans since the announcement all over various social media platforms. 

Continue reading until you reach the end to find all of your answers about The Watcher Season 2. 

The Watcher has been renewed for Season 2 by Netflix

The Watcher Season 2 Renewal Status

Despite being originally conceived as a miniseries, in November 2022, the series was renewed for a second season. The official Netflix Twitter handle also confirmed the news to the followers, quoting, “Following the record-breaking success of DAHMER – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, Ryan Murphy & Ian Brennan will create two more installments that will focus on other monstrous figures who have impacted society. A second season of The Watcher has also been greenlit!” Take a look at the post below. 

Moreover, Bela Bajaria, Head of Global TV, Netflix, said, “Audiences can’t take their eyes off Monster and The Watcher. The creative team of Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan on Monster along with Eric Newman on The Watcher are masterful storytellers who captivated audiences all over the world. The back-to-back force of these two series is due to Ryan’s distinct original voice which created cultural sensations and we are thrilled to continue telling stories in the Monster and Watcher universes.”

The Watcher Season 2 Potential Release Date and Time Slot

The exact release date of The Watcher Season 2 is yet to be confirmed by Netflix as of November 8, 2022, because the series’ renewal was just announced a few hours ago. If we were to guess, we’d say the release date would be sometime between mid to late 2023.

Furthermore, we would want to emphasize that this is all guesswork at this time. The network will publish and confirm the official release dates in the following months, which fans should keep an eye on. Moreover, it is expected to premiere at midnight in the same time slot at approximately 12:00 a.m. (PT) or 3 a.m. (ET) on Netflix, just like the first season. 

The Watcher has been renewed for Season 2 by Netflix

The Watcher Season 2 Speculated Plot

We now know that the case is still unresolved, and there is a possibility that The Watcher Season 2 will take place by focusing on a lot of things that happened during that time and new theories that have evolved afterward. Despite the fact that the genuine narrative of The Watcher took place over a very short period of time, the creators may go into the events that occurred following the series since numerous developments in the case have transpired.

On the other hand, the original 2018 article was part of the “rights package” Netflix secured to make The Watcher. However, there have been developments since then. This October, New York Magazine published via The Cut an update to the story, describing new efforts to make sense of the mystery. According to the outlet, these efforts have ranged from a voluntary neighborhood-wide DNA swab to the Broadduses’ pursuit of private forensic genealogy to crack the case. The Cut also describes a recent theory about a local retired teacher who reportedly spoke about sending letters to a Westfield home, which is briefly explored on the show.

The Watcher has been renewed for Season 2 by Netflix

The show might also continue from the season finale episode, “Haunting,” which ended with Dean still obsessed with finding the perpetrator and Nora’s artwork selling very well. Dean’s obsession is revealed to Nora, who is in the hospital due to terminal cancer. Later, Theodora calls Dean to the hospital and informs him that she is The Watcher and that the Brannocks purchased 657 Boulevard from her. She lost almost all of her savings after her divorce and was forced to sell her home. When Dean and Nora attend Theodora’s funeral, her sister informs them that Theodora lied about being The Watcher in order for Dean to be at peace. 

The couple accepted an offer from an LLC and sold their home. Nora pays a visit to Karen when she moves in, telling her that she “will be watching.” Karen discovers a Watcher letter in the dumbwaiter late at night and goes downstairs to find her dog dead and a mysterious figure watching her. Dean goes to therapy a few weeks later and informs his therapist that Karen has sold the house. He returns to the house and introduces himself as John to the new owner. He lies to Nora about his location and drives home, unaware that she is watching him.

The Watcher has been renewed for Season 2 by Netflix

The Watcher Season 2 Cast and Crew

If the show continues from the final episode, then the original cast members from the first season are expected to return and reprise their roles which are as follows: Naomi Watts as Nora Brannock, Bobby Cannavale as Dean Brannock, Isabel Gravitt as Ellie Brannock, Luke David Blumm as Carter Brannock, Jennifer Coolidge as Karen Calhoun, Margo Martindale as Maureen / Mo, Richard Kind as Mitch, Mia Farrow as Pearl Winslow. 

The other cast members are Terry Kinney as Jasper Winslow and Christopher McDonald as Det. Rourke Chamberland, Noma Dumezweni as Theodora Birch, Joe Mantello as William “Bill” Webster / John Graff, and Henry Hunter Hall as Dakota. The show is created by Murphy and Ian Brennan; the pair also exec produce alongside Alexis Martin Woodall, Eric Kovtun, Bryan Unkeless, Eric Newman, Paris Barclay, Watts, Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost, and Scoop Wasserstein.

The Watcher has been renewed for Season 2 by Netflix

The Watcher Season 2 Episodes

Netflix has yet to confirm how many episodes there will be, but The Watcher Season 2 is expected to include 7 episodes with an average runtime of 44 to 52 minutes, just like the prior season. In the meantime, we suggest the viewers to catch up with the prior episodes to understand the plot, which are as follows: 

  • Season 1 Episode 1: Welcome, Friends
  • Season 1 Episode 2: Blood Sacrifice
  • Season 1 Episode 3: Götterdämmerung
  • Season 1 Episode 4: Someone to Watch Over Me
  • Season 1 Episode 5: Occam’s Razor
  • Season 1 Episode 6: The Gloaming
  • Season 1 Episode 7: Haunting

In addition to this, if we take most of the series into consideration with a bit of speculation, then the new season will have the same premiere time slot of 12 a.m (PT) and will drop on the same day, which will be verified by Netflix in the coming months.

The Watcher has been renewed for Season 2 by Netflix

The Watcher Season 1: A Quick Recap

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 52% approval rating with an average rating of 5.3/10, based on 29 critic reviews. The website’s critics’ consensus reads, “This suburban nightmare sometimes achieves the campy fright of creator Ryan Murphy’s best horror fare, but it sprawls in too many ludicrous directions to satisfy.” Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 54 out of 100 based on 8 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews.”

The Watcher follows the Brannock family when they move into what is supposed to be their suburban dream home but quickly becomes a living hell. Ominous letters from someone calling themself “The Watcher” are just the beginning as the neighborhood’s sinister secrets come spilling out. Inspired by the true story of the infamous “Watcher” house in New Jersey.

This real-estate thriller is the most-watched series on Netflix for the second week in a row, with 148.2M hours viewed. That’s in addition to the 125M hours it racked up in its first week on the streamer, totaling 273.2M hours viewed since release. In its second week, The Watcher made it to the top of the charts in 65 countries –  compared to 90 countries in the first week of release. Take a look at the official trailer below: 

While you wait for more updates on The Watcher Season 2, catch up with the first season, which is now streaming on Netflix.