With ‘Ratched’s first season making its debut on September 18, 2020, and securing its place as one of the most-watched Netflix Originals, anticipation has been building for the second act of Sara Paulson’s narrative. Here’s what we know so far about the future of the series.
Release Date: When to Expect Ratched’s Return?
Netflix greenlit ‘Ratched’ for two seasons back in September 2017, initially ordering a total of 18 episodes. Officially renewed by Netflix as of September 20, 2020, ‘Ratched’ is expected to deliver at least eight more episodes. Despite its confirmed renewal, the streaming platform has been tight-lipped about the official release date for the second season, with no clear updates.
As of June 2022, Paulson expressed uncertainty regarding the timeline for the series’ return in an interview with Variety. So, the latest information suggests that we should not expect ‘Ratched’ Season 2 to hit screens before early 2024.
‘Ratched’ Cast for the Upcoming Season
While the official cast list for Season 2 remains unconfirmed, it is expected that key players will return to continue the narrative. Sarah Paulson is expected to reprise her lead role as Nurse Mildred Ratched, with Finn Wittrock likely to return as Edmund Tolleson. Other central figures from the first season, such as Sophie Okonedo, Jon Jon Briones, Amanda Plummer, Cynthia Nixon, and Judy Davis, are also expected to be part of the upcoming episodes.
What Lies Ahead for Nurse Ratched?
Season 1 concluded with a cliffhanger, hinting at a possible showdown between Nurse Mildred Ratched and her brother Edmund Tolleson, portrayed by Finn Wittrock. After escaping an execution sentence, Edmund makes a phone call to Ratched, threatening her life. However, Ratched remains undeterred, promising to find him first. The upcoming season will possibly delve into this sibling rivalry. Besides, according to Paulson, the plot will get closer to ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.’
As of now, details regarding the production status of ‘Ratched’ Season 2 remain unknown. Challenges, such as scheduling conflicts and the pandemic’s impact on filming, have been cited as potential causes for delay. There have also been discussions about Disney’s recent strategic moves, which could influence the series’ future on Netflix. However, it’s important to note that ‘Ratched’ was initially licensed to Netflix on a 10-year deal, set to expire in 2030.