‘Requiem’ is a British supernatural thriller television series which airs on BBC One in the UK and on Netflix in other regions. Created by Kris Mrksa and Blake Ayshford, and directed by Mahalia Belo, the show follows a cellist whose life is upended by the suicide of her mother and her links to a long-lost girl called Carys.
A relatively recent show, filming for ‘Requiem’ began in March 2017 and took place in Newport and Wales. A bit less than a year later, Season 1 of the show, consisting of six episodes, premiered on February 2, 2018. Television critics immediately praised the show for the depth of its characters and its Lynchian elements, while viewers also gave largely positive feedback. Further, Season 1 ended on a rather open-ended and exhilarating note, and left many questions unanswered, leading most viewers to believe that BBC would follow it up with another season. Unfortunately, it appears that these questions will remain unanswered as it has been confirmed that the show will not be returning for a second season. Here’s everything we know about it.
Requiem Cast: Who is in it?
For a short six-episode first season, ‘Requiem’ has a lot of characters, most of who are linked to each other through personal ties or circumstances.
Lydia Wilson plays the role of award-winning cellist Matilda Grey, whose life takes a terrible turn after her mother commits suicide. Joel Fry, meanwhile, stars as Matilda’s best friend and fellow musician Harlan “Hal” Fine, and Joanna Scanlan plays the role of Matilda’s late mother, Janice Gray.
Much of the show takes place in the Welsh village of Penllynith, and understandably, there are a lot of cast members who play the roles of the locals. James Frecheville plays the role of wealthy Australian Nick Dean, who inherits a large estate in the village from his late relative, Ewan Dean. Clare Calbraith plays police constable Graves, who is investigating the death of Ewan Dean. Tara Fitzgerald, meanwhile, steps into the shoes of local antiques dealer and supernatural phenomena enthusiast Sylvia Walsh. Sian Reese-Williams steps into the shoes of Carys’ childhood friend Trudy Franken, and Brendan Coyle plays former detective Stephen Kendrick, who investigated Carys’ disappearance years ago. Further, Claire Rushbrook plays Carys’ birth mother Rose Morgan, Richard Harrington plays Rose’s second husband Aron Morgan, and Sam Hazeldine plays Carys’ biological father Sean Howell, who disappears years after Carys’ disappearance. Additionally, Dyfan Dwyfor plays local handyman Ed Fenton, Simon Kunz plays solicitor Lloyd Satlow, and Pippa Haywood plays local psychiatrist Verity Satlow, thereby wrapping up he list of main cast members.
Apart from the aforementioned main cast members, the show also has several recurring cast members including Charles Dale as local farmer Royce Evans, Brochan Evans as Rose and Aron’s son David Morgan, Darren Evans as Graves’ partner Ian Shortly, Ifan Huw Thomas as local landlord Harry Franken, Emmie Thompson as the missing Carys Howell, and Jane Thorne as Nick’s estranged aunt Meredith Dean, among others.
Requiem Plot: What is it about?
The show follows professional and award-winning cellist Matilda Grey in the aftermath of her mother Janice’s unexpected suicide. When Matilda starts going through Janice’s possessions out of curiosity, she find a box that has newspaper cuttings and a videotape related to the disappearance of a girl called Carys Howell, who went missing in 1994 when she was four years old. Intrigued by the discovery, Matilda, along with her best friend and fellow musician Hal, heads to the Welsh village of Penllynith to try and find what connection her mother had to Carys. However, things don’t go well for the duo in Penllynith and they find themselves facing the wrath of the villagers who want an end to their meddling. Despite the setback, Matilda remains determined to get to the end of the mystery, and she and Hal find a friend in wealthy Australian Nick Dean, who accommodates them in his recently-inherited estate. Yet, as Matilda delves deeper into the mystery, she realizes that Penllynith has a dark history, and that Carys’ disappearance is shrouded in mystery and intricately linked to her own existence.
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The complex nature of the writing makes it a bit difficult for viewers to interpret the finale. While the revelation that Matilda herself is the long-lost Carys was pretty straightforward, it remains the only solved mystery. The circumstances of Carys’ disappearance or the reason why her [adoptive] mother took her away from Penllynith are not explicitly clear and leaves viewers guessing. Neither is it clear what happens to the cultists at the end of the show and who Matilda spares from death. Further, the show also left questions surrounding Hal’s disappearance and reappearance unanswered. Understandably, fans were all hoping for a second season to clear their doubts.
In terms of reception, ‘Requiem’ did fairly well among television critics, who gave it a good score of 75% on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus reading, “Requiem is as much a mysterious thriller with Lynchian elements as it is a compelling character study.” The show, however, did not do as well among viewers (possibly owing to its ambiguous ending), who gave it a mediocre rating of 6.5/10 on IMDb.
Requiem Season 2 Release Date: Cancelled or Renewed?
Following the release of Season 1 on February 2, 2018, show co-creator Kris Mrksa had given fans some hope of a second season, saying, “If the planets align and if we all decide that it’s the right thing to do then it could come back [for another run]. I originally conceived of it as a two-part story and it’s a possibility.”
However, in March 2019, a representative of the show, as well as lead actress Lydia Wilson confirmed that ‘Requiem’ would not be returning for a second season. So, unless another network picks up the show Requiem season 2 stands cancelled.
Owing to the fact that ‘Requiem’ has been cancelled, there’s no new trailer or story to look forward to. However, here’s the trailer for Season 1 in case you have not watched the show and are interested in what it has to offer.
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