Will there be The Rig season 2?
The Rig came to a climactic end, but will be back for a second season? **Warning: This article contains spoilers for The Rig season 1**
Supernatural thriller The Rig has landed in full on Amazon Prime Video, enthralling viewers with its various twists and turns and stellar cast.
From the director of Bodyguard, the series stars actors Iain Glen, Martin Compston and Mark Bonnar alongside Schitt's Creek's Emily Hampshire and Game of Thrones' Mark Addy as oil rig workers who get stranded when an inexplicable fog descends and cuts off their communications to the outside world.
It's been described as "horribly plausible" by cast member Iain Glen, who plays the rig boss Magnus.
With the show ending on a cliffhanger of sorts, many fans are wondering whether The Rig has been renewed for a second season.
So, read on for everything you need to know about a potential The Rig season 2, including when it could be released and who could star.
Will there be a second season of The Rig?
At this point, it's hard to say whether there will be a second season of The Rig, but the ending certainly leaves the possibility open. The ancestor is still out there, the majority of the crew has escaped and there are plenty of unanswered questions as to where they, and the rest of the world, go next.
However, the ending of season 1 could also easily work as a capper to the whole series. The show is a cautionary tale to the damage we are doing to our world and the potential impacts of climate change.
Also, the rig itself has now been destroyed, meaning a second season would likely have to take place in a different setting entirely, somewhat undercutting the relevance of the title.
Ultimately, a second season will likely depend on the appetite of the creators to produce more and the viewing figures Amazon receives on the first season. We haven't had any official word yet, but we'll keep this page updated as and when any news drops on another season of The Rig.
When could a potential The Rig season 2 be released?
With The Rig's future currently undetermined, it's hard to say exactly when a second season would be released. The first season was originally announced in 2020 and took over two years to reach Prime Video - however, we imagine COVID-related delays may have played a hand in this.
Regardless, it has so far been a fairly effects-heavy show, meaning production will naturally take longer than most dramas. We would therefore expect the earliest we would be likely to see a second season of The Rig would be the end of 2024.
We'll make sure to keep this page updated if any more concrete news becomes available.
Who could star in a potential The Rig season 2?
There are some members of the first season's cast we can almost certainly count out due to their character's fates - Richard Pepple, Mark Bonnar, Emun Elliott and Cameron Fulton all seem unlikely to be back following their characters' deaths, barring some sci-fi hijinks.
One character whose fate is less certain is Baz, played by Calvin Demba. He appeared to fade into the spores of the ancestor at the end of the season, meaning even though the rig was destroyed with him still onboard at the end, he could potentially return as a physical embodiment of the ancestor in the future.
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When it comes to those we do expect back, any of the following could easily return for a season 2:
- Iain Glen as Magnus MacMillan
- Emily Hampshire as Rose Mason
- Martin Compston as Fulmer Hamilton
- Owen Teale as Lars Hutton
- Rochenda Sandall as Cat Braithwaite
- Stuart McQuarrie as Colin Murchison
- Abraham Popoola as Easter Ayodeji
- Molly Vevers as Heather Shaw
- Mark Addy as David Coake
- Nikhil Parmar as Harish
Is there a trailer for The Rig season 2?
There isn't a trailer available for The Rig season 2 yet, but we will make sure to keep this page updated if any new footage becomes available.
In the meantime, you can rewatch the season 1 trailer right here now.
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