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Dead Still Season 2: Everything We Know

Updated June 19, 2020
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‘Dead Still’ is Acorn’s macabre period drama that boasts one of the most intriguing plots ever! The dark yet comic mystery dramedy is set in 1880s Europe, which was known as the era of “post-mortem photography.” During that time, cameras were almost non-existent. And if they were, they were super expensive. The story revolves around those bygone years when memorial photographers were hired by grieving individuals to click pictures of their deceased family members. That being said, let’s now get to the details of the second season of this offbeat British series (since season 1 has already wrapped up).

Dead Still Season 2 Release Date: When Will it Premiere?

‘Dead Still’ season 1 premiered on May 18, 2020, exclusively in the US and Canada, on Acorn TV, with two back-to-back episodes. Following its debut, new episodes were released every week on Mondays. The series wrapped up with its sixth episode on June 15, 2020. Each episode spanned a runtime of 45 minutes.

The series had been branded as a mini-series but although season 1 reveals the killer, there’s a lot more to be explored. Moreover, the show opened to good reviews from fans. Therefore, in spite of being a limited series, it holds the scope to span another season. If Acorn decides to bring back the show with a new edition, we can expect ‘Dead Still’ season 2 to premiere sometime in 2021.

Dead Still Season 2 Cast: Who Can be in it?

Michael Smiley leads the cast as Brock Blennerhasset, a renowned 1880s Dublin memorial photographer. He is joined by Kerr Logan as Brock’s loyal assistant Conall Molloy. Aidan O’Hare stars as Detective Frederick Regan. Joining them is an ensemble of acclaimed international actors such as Eileen O’Higgins (Nancy), Jimmy Smallhorne, Mark Rendall, Peter Campion, and Martin Donovan. Season 2 is expected to see the entire cast reprise their original roles.

Dead Still Season 2 Plot: What Can it be About?

‘Dead Still’ is centered around a renowned memorial photographer from the 1880s, named Brock Blennerhasset, who is a resident of Dublin. He earns his living by taking portraits of the dead while being accompanied by his eager new assistant, Conall Molloy, who happens to be a former gravedigger. Brock’s sharp-witted niece, Nancy, also forms a part of the team.

Brock is a pioneer of the daguerreotype (a technique which captures pictures on an iodine-sensitized silvered plate). But with changing times, his career is taking a bad turn. Cameras are becoming cheaper and the practice of memorial portraiture is slowly seeing its demise. While Brock deals with his issues, things take a drastic turn when a chain of brutal murders threatens to ruin Brock’s reputation and profession. A serial killer has launched a different type of memorial imagery. He clicks pictures of victims in their death throes.

Meanwhile, detective Frederick Regan drags the trio into the investigation that takes them to the murky depths of Dublin’s criminal underbelly. In a race against time, the team needs to trace this killer while simultaneously tackling the rampant black-market trade of illicit pictures. Otherwise, Brock might lose his job or worse still, end up like one of his subjects.

The darkly comic murder mystery series takes place in the Victorian-era of “post-mortem photography” when capturing the portraits of the recently deceased was a tradition in reality. And this Acorn TV original drama re-lives this strange concept. Bringing in an uncommon amalgamation of humor, mystery, and drama, ‘Dead Still’ season 1 unmasks the killer but ends on a heartbreaking note and several unrevealed secrets.

While Brock has many deep-seated fears, he is shaken by the death of Henry. He dismisses Nancy to save her but she is devastated and she also swears to avenge Henry’s murder. We do hope that in season two, they find their way back to each other. Then, we also have the Hellfire Club, which offers scope for more spooky mysteries. Another way forward for the story is to see Regan and Brock team-up to tackle additional gruesome murders. Well, if at all a season 2 happens, there are many directions the drama can take. We will update this section as & when we learn more.

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