Mr. Mercedes is a show that is criminally underrated. Not only does it boast a slew of impressive talent, but it’s a show that knows how to sink its claws into you and keep you glued to the edge of your seat. Based off the Stephen King trilogy of the same name, the show centers around a cat-and-mouse game between retired detective Bill Hodges, played by Brendan Gleeson, and Brady, the Mercedes killer, played by Harry Treadaway.

This week, we are focusing on all things Mr. Mercedes starting with what fans can expect from the new season, which will premiere Wednesday, August 22nd at 10pm ET/PT. In anticipation of Season 2, I had the chance to watch the first two episodes and let me tell you, they did not disappoint. If you haven’t yet seen Season 1, I would suggest you stop reading and watch it ASAP as this review will have spoilers from the previous season. For everyone else, I’ll keep this as spoiler-free as possible.

We last saw Brady in disguise as he attempted to set off bomb-like device at the Edmund Mills Art Center opening. However, his plan was thwarted when Holly (Justine Lupe) hit him on the back of the head with a marble statue of a dog. At the same time, Bill begins to have a heart attack while Jerome gathers everyone to safety. Bill and Brady are rushed to the hospital where we learn that Brady is now comatose with very little chance of survival. It’s indicated that Bill is going to make a full recovery and with that, the season ends on a high note. However, there is a little nod to fans that Brady may not be going anywhere anytime soon.

Season 2 picks up right where Season 1 left off with Bill in physical therapy following his heart attack and Brady still comatose from his injuries. We watch as Bill comes and goes from Brady’s room, always making sure that Brady hasn’t regained consciousness. A year passes, and Brady is still rendered comatose, but there’s an inkling that help may be on the way. Tending to Brady’s needs is Dr. Felix Dabineau (Jack Huston), a neuro-surgeon hellbent on bringing Brady back from his unconscious state – with the assistance from his slightly manipulative and conniving wife.  We also meet assistant DA Antonia Montez (Maximiliano Hernandez) who wants nothing more than to persecute Brady for his crimes, knowing full well the celebrity status Montez will gain. Holly is now working full time for Bill at their new office, aptly titled Finders Keepers, and has found a way to finally distance herself from her overbearing parents. The season starts off lighthearted as we watch Bill, who seems to have overcome his addiction to alcohol, begin to lead a somewhat more healthy lifestyle; however, our false sense of comfort is quickly squashed once tragedy unfolds.

In Episode 2, the writers begins to dive deeper into the background of our newest characters, as well as introduce both Jerome (Jharrel Jerome) and Lou (Breeda Wool) back into the folds. Lou is still recovering from the stabbing at the hands of her ex-friend Brady, while Jerome seems to have changed the most from the kid we saw in the previous season. What is made abundantly clear in both of these episodes is that Brady’s actions have left lasting effects on these characters, regardless of their relationship with Brady. This ripple effect is fascinating to watch because the viewer is literally seeing how devastating Brady’s impact was, almost in real time. As for Brady himself, well let’s just say that I don’t think he will be comatose for long. As with most Stephen King stories, one should not be surprised when supernatural elements come into play, and unfortunately, these elements attach themselves to an innocent nurse.

It’s safe to say that not all is well with our characters in Season 2, no matter how much of a front they put on. I’m definitely looking forward to learning more about our newest additions but also seeing how Brady’s actions have changed those pivotal characters that we have come to care for. However, what I’m really excited about is seeing Brady back in action, in a way that is foreign to what he’s used too. As a whole, I’m not sure what Season 2 has in store for fans, but I can tell by the first two episodes that things are going to get a lot more complex and a lot more nefarious, and not just because of Brady. If you haven’t watched Season 1 yet, I can’t recommend it enough, and for those who have, get ready, as this season has the potential to really showcase the world that Stephen King has created with this trilogy.

Mr. Mercedes Season 2 premieres Wednesday, August 22nd at 10p.m. ET/PT on AT&T AUDIENCE Network.

(L-R): Harry Treadaway and Brendan Gleeson | Photo Courtesy of: AT&T AUDIENCE Network
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