Netflix has been busy building up its original programming roster over the past couple of years. The streaming service has a few high profile programs available, including new episodes of Arrested Development and the political drama House of Cards. However, it is one of the service’s earlier endeavors that is set to move forward with a second season, soon, and this week Netflix announced a premiere date for Season 2 of Lilyhammer, which will be available to viewers beginning on Friday, December 13 at 12:01 a.m. PT.
When Lilyhammer first hit television screens in 2012, it became Netflix’s first original series and a dark one, to boot. The series follows former mob member Frank Tagliano (Steven Van Zandt), a man who is relocated to Norway after he joins the witness protection program to testify against the mob. The first season featured an unlikely romance between Frank, now dubbed Giovanni Henriksen, and a teacher named Sigrid. It also followed Frank’s steady entrance into the world of crime in his brand new community. Season 2 looks to feature more of the same, with Frank attempting to balance his family life with his criminal enterprise.
Season 2 will follow Frank’s latest antics as “Johnny” Henriksen, and as the trailer for Season 2 shows, plenty of trouble is on the way.
Frank narrates the new preview for Season 2, which discusses some of the big changes to his life that occurred during Season 1, as well as a few of the criminal activities that seem as if they will continue to be a key plot point in Season 2. We’ve known for a while that Paul Kaye would be playing a role in the second season, and the trailer gives us a few more insights into what the new season will be about.
I’m glad to see the show ready and rearing to go. Lilyhammer actually got a pretty quick Season 2 renewal order, but it took some time to get the shooting schedule sorted out. Van Zandt has had acting roles before Lilyhammer, most notably on The Sopranos, but he is more famous for his day job, where he performs with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Since Bruce and co. spend good chunks of the year touring, filming didn’t take place for Season 2 until earlier this year.
It may have taken a while, but fans only have a few more weeks before they can binge on this Netflix original series, once more. Just like Season 1, eight episodes are being produced, and according to press release, Netflix subscribers in the U.S., Canada and Latin America will all be able to view the series. However, since it could be a while before we get to see a potential Season 3, you may want to stretch out your viewing schedule for Lilyhammer Season 2 to make it last.
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