Will the American police procedural crime drama television return for a second season? Here is everything we currently know about Will Trent Season 2.
After the premiere of the first season’s two-part finale earlier this week on May 2, 2023, we are certain that one thing that is rapidly being questioned across social media is whether the beloved series, which is based on Karin Slaughter’s Will Trent series of novels, will be back for another season or not. If you are wondering the same, then we can assure you that you are not alone in debating the fate of the show.
After all, who does not want to see more of Ramón Rodríguez as Will Trent with Betty, especially after how the first season ended? So, to clear up any more raging rumors, we at Web News Observer have put together a quick rundown of everything you need to know about the future status of the much-awaited second season of ABC’s Will Trent. Continue reading to find out if the series has been renewed or canceled.
Will Trent Season 2: Is it renewed or canceled?
Attention readers! There is nothing for you to worry about, as the fate of the series is in good hands and the show isn’t being scrapped by the network. Much to viewers’ delight, the series was granted an early renewal for a second season even before the final episode aired on ABC, which is a positive sign reflecting that the demand for the series is just growing and isn’t stopping anytime soon.
With an early renewal, it seems like the plans for a second season were already in the works, with the production also being speculated to commence sometime around the fall of 2023, just like the first season, which makes the timing of its release even easier to predict. Even though the prospective premiere date for the second season has yet to be acknowledged.
If we consider the renewal’s timing, we can predict that the potential release date of Season 2 might happen sometime around late 2023 or in the early months of 2024 at the same designated time slot of 10 p.m. ET on ABC, just like the prior season, avoiding any longer hiatus. We would like to highlight that, at this point in time, this is just speculation and can only happen if the production starts on schedule.
The other factor that may delay its release is the current Writers Guild of America strike, which has slowed down production on a number of shows across major broadcast networks. Hence, it’s just a mere guess that the show has minimum chances of making a return in September or in January if the strike lasts for a while and Will Trent is unable to commit to a fall date.
Until there is any formal confirmation, we would suggest that fans keep a close eye on the social media handles of the network to learn about any new updates and developments. In the meantime, check out the official renewal announcement as shared on the official Twitter handle of the show, quoting, “Consider this mystery solved: #WillTrent will be back for more with Season 2!!”
Consider this mystery solved: #WillTrent will be back for more with Season 2!! 🎉 pic.twitter.com/tmlIfzlEFW
— Will Trent (@WillTrentABC) April 18, 2023
Will Trent Season 2: What to expect in the second season?
While the details of the plot have been kept under wraps, there’s no question that the next season will pick up right from the final episode, “A Bad Temper and a Hard Heart,” of the first season, in which the viewers get to see that when an APD agent goes missing, Will examines the crime scene and locates a secret message, putting him back on the path to justice. With his lineage in question, Will realizes the answers he seeks have been in front of him all along.
The season will be true to Karin Slaughter’s New York Times bestselling “Will Trent,” series, where Special Agent Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) was abandoned at birth and endured a harsh coming-of-age in Atlanta’s overwhelmed foster care system. But now, determined to use his unique point of view to make sure no one is abandoned like he was, Will Trent has the highest clearance rate in the GBI.
Giving a brief insight into the second season’s plot, Rodríguez stated, “We’re so thankful to our ABC and Hulu fans for joining us on this wild ride and watching Will Trent.”
Further adding, “When we set out to bring the series to television screens, we wanted to do justice to the gritty, thrilling world that Karin Slaughter created with her bestselling book series. Liz Heldens, Dan Thomsen, and the creative team have developed complex and nuanced characters that people are relating to on a human level — and it hasn’t hurt having our little star, Betty, on the call sheet. We’re so excited for the opportunity to dive deeper into these stories with season two.”
The main cast who will return are as follows: Ramón Rodríguez as Will Trent, Erika Christensen as Angie Polaski, Iantha Richardson as Faith Mitchell, Jake McLaughlin as Michael Ormewood, and Sonja Sohn as Amanda Wagner. The executive producers are Liz Heldens, Dan Thomsen, Karin Slaughter, and Oly Obst. Ramón Rodriguez is a producer. The crew included Liz Heldens and Dan Thomsen, and executive producer Paul McGuigan.
Go #BehindTheScenes of the Children's Home where Will and Angie grew up! #WillTrent pic.twitter.com/AcUIHnHpM6
— Will Trent (@WillTrentABC) April 30, 2023
Will Trent Season 2 Episodes and Streaming Options
The next season is expected to consist of at least 13 episodes with an average runtime of 43–44 minutes, just to be consistent with the last season. Of course, this is subject to change if the network wants to make a smaller or bigger season, which will be confirmed later. We would also like to stress the fact that the ongoing WGA strike that was discussed earlier might drastically cause a drop in the official episode count, which usually goes for a standard 20 or 22 episodes for other ABC shows.
For now, we’ll just have to wait and see what the future holds for the second season.
Despite being an ABC Network original series, all episodes of the first season are available to stream on Hulu based on the viewer’s location. Moreover, you can also watch Will Trent on Disney Plus, Hotstar (for Indian audiences), or FuboTV. You can also stream Will Trent by renting or purchasing it on Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, and Vudu, with some other series of the same genre also accessible on the streaming platform with a range of membership options based on viewers’ locations and preferences.
"Losing you broke her heart, so she gave you the only thing she could… your name." 🥺 #WillTrent pic.twitter.com/jtK0K5oL8G
— Will Trent (@WillTrentABC) May 3, 2023
Will Trent Season 2 Official Teaser Trailer
The network hasn’t released any teasers for the second season, so we urge readers to revisit the first season, which, according to the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, reported an 89% approval rating with an average rating of 7/10 based on 9 critic reviews. Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 70 out of 100 based on six critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews.” It also gained a massive 6.8 million total viewers over its initial Live+Same Day average after 35 days of multi-platform viewing, according to Nielsen and the network.
Take a look at the official trailer for Will Trent Season 1, which beautifully reflects on how Special Agent Will Trent can read a crime scene like no one else, below:
Catch up on the all episodes and let us know what you think of Will Trent being renewed for Season 2 in the comments.