After six captivating episodes and a brilliant finale, nuclear submarine thriller Vigil has drew to a close in September 2021.
The drama – which boasted a terrific cast including Suranne Jones, Rose Leslie, Shaun Evans and (very briefly) Martin Compston – was a huge hit, earning strong reviews and becoming the BBC's most-watched new drama launch of the year.
So, it should come as no surprise that Vigil has been renewed for a second season by BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
Given that the series appeared to tie up its storylines in the final instalment of the first run, where will Vigil season 2 take us and who will star in the show?
Here is everything you need to know about Vigil season 2.
Vigil season 2 release date speculation
Vigil has been confirmed to return for a second season on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
The show has only just been renewed so production has yet to begin, suggesting the series is unlikely to return until 2023 at the very earliest.
Earlier in September 2021, Tiffany Docherty star Anjli Mohindra revealed during an interview with RadioTimes.com that “There’s been conversations” about a second season.
"I think there’s stuff on the horizon,” she hinted. “But nothing confirmed just yet.”
Well, now we know that it indeed will be back!
Who will be in the Vigil season 2 cast?
The only Vigil cast member who is confirmed to return so far is Suranne Jones in the role of DCI Amy Silva.
We imagine we will also see a return for Kirsten Longacre (Rose Leslie) – and now that they've rekindled their relationship, perhaps they could form a crime-fighting duo for the ages.
With writer Tom Edge having declared that another series set on the submarine is unlikely, it seems we might have seen the last of most of the Vigil crew – which would mean no more Shaun Evans as Elliot Glover, Anjli Mohindra as Tiffany Docherty, Patterson Joseph as Neil Newsome and Connor Swindells as Simon Hadlow.
Of course, we could see more of these characters in a different setting – perhaps exploring the aftermath of the first series – but it's just too early to know at this stage.
There are, however, a fair few characters who can definitely be ruled out after biting the dust during the first run – including Lauren Lyle as Jade Antoniak, Adam James as Mark Prentice, and of course Martin Compston as Craig Burke.
Any second run would also be likely to bring in a host of new characters – and given the incredible cast assembled for the first run, we'd imagine World Productions would be able to draft in some big names, especially after the success of the series.
Vigil season 2 plot
Other than the fact Tom Edge has said a second run probably wouldn't take place on a submarine, there isn't a great deal to go on regarding what ground the show would cover in a potential second series.
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Meanwhile, writer Tom Edge previously explained that while another series set on the submarine itself seemed unlikely, there's every chance that he could return to some of the characters again in the future.
"We have probably told as many of the stories as we would wish to tell on a submarine,” he said. “[But] some of the characters that we have developed as we’ve made it, they feel like characters that we’d love to burrow into. So if there’s a will to do it from everyone else then certainly I would be up for it."
And Lorne MacFadyen – who played the traitor Doward – had his own suggestion for a possible second series during a recent Q&A with BAFTA Scotland.
"There was talk about doing a Vigil musical," he joked. "I think that'd be amazing. I will sing it, I will do it!"
Realistically speaking there are probably two options – either we follow the fallout of Vigil's disastrous tour and the continuing conflict between the Navy and anti-nuclear deterrent activists or Silva and Longacre explore a completely different case not related to the submarine.
Given the success of the first run, we'd be more than happy to watch either – and we'll update this page as soon as any more news filters through.