Netflix's The Watcher has gripped viewers with its chilling adaptation of a true story about a family whose lives are turned upside down by a stalker, racking up almost 341 million hours of worldwide viewing in the 18 days after its premiere on 13th October.


It’s hardly surprising, then, that a second season has officially been confirmed.

The renewal will come as good news for fans who were left frustrated by season 1’s ambiguous ending, though right now it isn’t clear whether season 2 will continue the story, or become an anthology series.

Read on for everything we know about the second run below – and watch out, there are ending spoilers ahead.

Will The Watcher return for season 2?

John Graff stood outside reading a letter
Joe Mantello as John Graff in The Watcher Netflix

Yes, following the success of The Watcher, Netflix has renewed Ryan Murphy’s chilling suburban thriller for a second season.

The streamer has also ordered two additional instalments of Murphy’s anthology series Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.

Bela Bajaria, head of global TV at Netflix, said in a statement alongside the renewal news: "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."

She continued: "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 release date speculation

An official release date is yet to be confirmed for The Watcher season 2, but we can hazard a guess.

Netflix often waits around a year before releasing new seasons of its shows, meaning that it's likely we won’t see a second season of the show until October 2023 at the earliest.

Which cast members could return for The Watcher season 2?

Naomi Watts as Nora Brannock and Bobby Cannavale as Dean Brannock in The Watcher.
Naomi Watts as Nora Brannock and Bobby Cannavale as Dean Brannock in The Watcher. Netflix

If The Watcher does return, we'd expect Naomi Watts and Bobby Cannavale back as Dean and Nora Brannock and Isabel Gravitt and Luke David Blumm as Ellie and Carter Brannock, their two children.

We'd hope Legally Blonde legend and White Lotus Emmy-winner Jennifer Coolidge will be back as realtor and chum Karen Calhoun. We know Noma Dumezweni, who stars as private investigator Theodora Birch, is unlikely to return - unless in flashback form - as she sadly dies of liver cancer.

What could happen in The Watcher season 2?

Netflix are yet to confirm whether season 2 will continue the story from the first season or become an anthology series.

The Watcher's finale featured Karen running away from 657 Boulevard screaming after seemingly encountering The Watcher - although what we know from the real-life case is that The Watcher has never been identified.

The real-life Broaddus family - who inspired the Brannocks - moved out of the house after five years in 2019. A new family moved in and the Broaddus family passed along the letters they received so they would be able to identify the writing if they were to ever receive the same threatening mail. The new family haven't received anything.

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Is there a trailer for The Watcher season 2?

We're waiting to see if The Watcher season 2 will be confirmed by Netflix. So we'll keep this page updated with information when we have it.

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