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Starz is finally preparing to launch the second season of its hit Treasure Island prequel, Black Sails. On Monday, the subscription cable network released a brand new poster for the new season, which is halfway a horrible reminder of the dread pirates face on the high seas and halfway something that looks as if it was pulled from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride, a comparison Starz was probably hoping would not get made. Check it out, below.
As we’ve guessed for some time, Black Sails will be returning to the schedule at midseason. The poster notes a January 24, 2015 return date, which means Starz will air the series on Saturdays again during Season 2. The Michael Bay-produced drama did quite well for Starz, with the subscription cabler noting the show averaged 5.3 million total viewers an episode. Even without good numbers, Black Sails would still be hitting the schedule in 2015, as Starz actually went ahead and renewed the drama before Season 1 even premiered.
At the end of Season 1, Captain Flint and his crew were near achieving their goal of plundering the Urca de Lima for its riches. Instead, they ended up getting into a fight with some random boat crew without actually achieving their goal, although by the very end of the finale, they were closer than ever before. According to Starz, the series won’t do any time hopping heading into Season 2. Instead, the show will pick up right where it left off. Here’s the official Season 2 description for Flint and his crew.
“The Walrus crew is stranded, with an army of Spanish soldiers standing between them and the precious Urca gold. And with their crimes against their brethren no longer a secret, Flint (Toby Stephens) and Silver (Luke Arnold) must join forces in a desperate bid for survival.”
Part of the charm of Black Sails is that it is partly set in the pirate port of Nassau, and follows a strong female lead as she holds down the fort and runs the day to day business on the island. Here’s what Eleanor Guthrie and her companions will be up to during Season 2.
“Meanwhile, Eleanor Guthrie (Hannah New) struggles to maintain her grip on Nassau, as a new breed of pirate arrives in the form of Ned Low (Tadgh Murphy), a man for whom violence isn’t just a tool … it’s a pastime. As blood is spilled, and tensions mount, Charles Vane (Zach McGowan) must decide which he values more: Eleanor’s life, or the respect of his men. And unbeknownst to all of them, a prize of immeasurable value has already been smuggled onto the island … one whose discovery will alter the very landscape of their world, and force everyone in Nassau toward the ultimate judgment: are they men, or are they monsters?”
I’m sure it will be a little while before Starz releases the actual trailer for Season 2, but for now that poster, the plot description and the earlier released teaser are plenty to mull over. Don’t forget to tune in when Black Sails returns to Starz on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 9 p.m. EST.