Black Bird, a crime series for Apple TV+, is based on the actual tale of James “Jimmy” Keene, who is wrongfully convicted of narcotics charges. The book on which the series is based is titled “In with the Devil: A Fallen Hero, a Serial Killer, and a Dangerous Bargain for Redemption” by Keene and Hillel Levin. Jimmy is offered the chance to go free from jail if he can convince serial killer suspect Larry Hall to admit to murdering Tricia Reitler and reveal the body’s whereabouts.
The series, created by Dennis Lehane, debuted in July 2022. Critics and moviegoers alike have heaped praise on Paul Walter Hauser’s portrayal of Larry Hall, the gripping tale, and the accurate recreation of real events in this crime thriller. Fans of the program are probably eager for news about the upcoming second season after its promising debut. Is there going to be a season 2? What is it?
Black Bird Season 2 Renewal Status
The first season of this show has probably wrapped up the main storyline. Since the story of the program is constrained to the incidents of the book and can’t be developed into anything fictional that does not stick to the precise notion of the source material, the series is unlikely to be renewed for a second season.
The key storylines associated with the topic have already been covered by the series, and by the conclusion of the six episodes, the bulk of them will have been covered as well, leaving little room for the book to add anything new. As a result, it’s hard to see the show being renewed for a significant number of more episodes. The series finale seems to be the ideal means of bringing the tale that fans have followed for so long to a satisfying close.
What is the storyline of Black Bird?
The series’ protagonist, James Keene, is based on a real person; he chronicled his life’s events in an autobiography. The two authors’ book is titled “In With the Devil: A Fallen Hero, a Serial Killer, and a Dangerous Bargain for Redemption” and was authored by Hillel Levin. Keene details the offenses he committed as a teenager that landed him a 10-year term in prison. A U.S. attorney approaches Keene after he has served a year of his sentence and asks him to serve as an undercover informant against Hall. In return, he would get out of jail early.
Keene, despite his initial apprehension, goes forward with his plan and befriends Hall in an attempt to coax the latter into confessing to the killings they believe he committed. Without giving anything away, we can state that the show is faithful to the true story told in the book.
Black Bird Season Cast and characters
- Taron Egerton as James “Jimmy” Keene Jr., accused of drug and weapons conspiracy facing a 10-year prison sentence without a chance for parole.
Paul Walter Hauser as Lawrence “Larry” Hall, a convicted serial killer and rapist accused of murdering 14 women
- Sepideh Moafi as Lauren McCauley, an FBI agent and Jimmy’s handler
- Greg Kinnear as Brian Miller, a police detective from Wabash investigating Larry’s missing murder victims
- Ray Liotta as James “Big Jim” Keene, Jimmy’s father
- Robyn Malcolm as Sammy Keene
- Jake McLaughlin as Gary Hall, Larry’s brother
- Robert Wisdom as Edmund Beaumont, McCauley’s superior at the FBI
- Cullen Moss as Russ Aborn
- Tony Amendola as Vincent Gigante, the mob boss of the Genovese Family
- Melanie Nicholls-King as Dr. Amelia Hackett
- Christopher B. Duncan as Dr. Aaron Zicherman
- Joe Williamson as CO Carter, a prison guard who knows Jimmy
- Laney Stiebing as Jessica Roach
- Cecilia Leal as Rochelle
- Cade Tropeano as young Larry Hall
- Blue Clarke as young Jimmy Keene
- Kwajalyn Brown as Judge Diane Wood
Black Bird Season 2 Plot
The second season of Black Bird will undoubtedly pick up just where the first left off. Nonetheless, we don’t have spoilers or other information on the fate of Apple’s debut film’s development. Specifically, there will be six episodes in the first season of Black Bird. The teaser gives us a glimpse of the show’s setup and its recurring elements, so we can infer a few things about it.
Jimmy Keene has formally declined the opportunity to visit the insane asylum that was made to him. Even if DA offered him a lot of money, he wouldn’t endanger his life or perhaps a lot more than that, i.e. his sanity, for anything like this. But they do give him something he cannot refuse: independence. If he could get that confession out of Larry, he would be liberated immediately with no community service or anything.
Here is when everything begins to go wrong. In the hopes of gaining his independence, Jimmy accepts the offer. Upon entering the new facility, he immediately regrets his actions. Because Larry is a nasty serial murderer, he must move carefully should Larry discover that he was sent to Kiss to inform the authorities of his release or parole. Season 2 of Black Bird will take up wherever the current season leaves off.
Black Bird Season 2 Release Date
Season 1 of ‘Black Bird’ started on Apple TV+ on July 8, 2022, and it ended on August 5, 2022. There are six episodes totaling between 54 and 60 minutes in the first season.
Here’s what we know about the second season’s potential: Since ‘Black Bird’ was promoted by Apple TV+ as a limited series, a second season was probably never going to happen even before the first one debuted. By the conclusion of the sixth episode, the main plot of the limited television series has been resolved, leaving apparently little room for a second season.
Where does Black Bird take place?
The show was filmed mostly in New Orleans, although its tale takes place all throughout the United States. Jimmy, for instance, is apprehended in Illinois and sent to a Michigan jail. After negotiating with federal prosecutors, he is sent to the federal prison hospital in Springfield, Missouri.
The majority of Larry’s narrative takes place in the states of Indiana and Illinois. He was a former Wabash, Indiana resident; yet, the graphic depiction of the girl he killed, Jessica Roach, takes place in Georgetown, Illinois. But in Perrysville, Indiana, her corpse was discovered.
Black Bird Rating
Based on 68 reviews, the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 99% approval rating, with an average score of 8.2 out of 10. The website’s writers agree that “Dennis Lehane’s penchant for authentic grit is on full display in Blackbird,” praising the film for its “absorbing prison drama distinguished by its moral complexity and elevated by an outstanding ensemble.”
According to Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, the film received a “universal acclaim” rating of 80 out of 100 based on the opinions of 29 reviewers. The show has received 18,917 votes and an average rating of 8.3 on IMDb.
Where can I watch Black Bird Season 2?
The official release of both seasons of Black Bird is an Apple TV exclusive.