The second season of “Broadchurch” begins this Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, on ITV in the United Kingdom and will subsequently run on BBC America in the United States. When it aired its first season in March 2013, 10 million watched to find out who killed Danny Latimer. Let’s briefly step back and go over the details of what happened last time, before we spill the details of what’s to come.
Spoiler Alert: Do not continue reading if you still have to catch up on the show’s first season.
In the final episode of Season 1, Detective Alec Hardy (David Tennant) was instructed to pass the case as he has been relieved of his duties due to his medical condition. He has been brought to the hospital quite a few times and hid his ailment from his superiors. But Hardy bargained for a few more hours. He was getting close to finding out the real culprit who killed Danny.
After two months of investigation, it was finally revealed that Danny’s killer was Detective Ellie Miller’s husband, Joe. He has been having an unusual relationship with the young boy. It was twisted and unexpected. Ellie was gutted when she learned the truth.
She was left to explain the situation to their young son, who also happened to be Danny’s best friend, while still struggling to come to terms with her anger and loss as a wife, mother and police detective. She told Hardy she will have to move away and start fresh with her children, but as we now know, Ellie will stay on to work on a new case with Hardy in the second season of Broadchurch.
Moving forward, Hardy may have gained redemption for solving the case, but he’s still going to be hounded by the events of what happened the last time, particularly with his partner so closely involved with the murderer. How will the two work together this time around, knowing that some things have already changed in Ellie’s life, and somehow, Hardy feels he’s partly responsible for these changes?
The second season will still feature more or less the same characters, such Beth (Jodie Whittaker) and Mark (Andrew Buchan), Danny’s parents. In the first season, it was revealed that Mark had an affair, and Beth became pregnant. How has the Latimer’s marriage changed since the tragedy?
Journalists Maggie and Ollie, as well as the vicar Paul Coates (Arthur Darvill) will also figure in the second season, along with a group of new characters.
According to the show's creator Chris Chibnall, in an interview published on YahooTV, season two will not open with another murder mystery.
"They are not grieving relatives, they aren't the relatives of another body, it's not another crime case," Chibnall reiterated in answer to speculations about the show's teasers.
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