Jack Ryan Season 2 Release Date, Cast, Review, Trailer, Episodes, Story, and News

Jack Ryan season 2 is almost here with the Tom Clancy adaptation series, starring John Krasinski, headed to South America.

Jack Ryan Season 2 is a go at Amazon!

While the Amazon television offering, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, debuted on August 31, 2018, the series officially announced its astoundingly advanced Season 2 renewal back on April 24. The series stars John Krasinski – in a form that’s surreal to fans of his classic TV run as Jim on The Office – as an early-career version of author Tom Clancy’s iconic thwarter of terrorism and geopolitical conflicts. He is joined by co-stars Wendell Pierce, Abbie Cornish and John Hoogenakker.

Jack Ryan Season 2 Release Date

Jack Ryan season 2 was set to premiere on November 1, 2019 on Amazon Prime. Now according to no less a source than Jack, himself, Jack Ryan season 2 is available right now, a day early.

Anyway, here’s a poster of  your boy glowering over some destruction in Venezuela.

Jack Ryan Season 2 Poster

Jack Ryan Season 2 Cast

Jack Ryan Season 2 has been going full steam ahead in adding to its cast.

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Michael Kelly (House of Cards) will be joining Jack Ryan Season 2. Kelly will play Mike November, a smart, seasoned CIA lifer and field officer who will work with Jack. Can’t wait to see how he’ll betray our hero! That’s not based on any inside info other than understanding Kelly’s acting archetype.

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Noomi Rapace (of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Prometheus fame) will be joining Jack Ryan as a series regular, as announced by Amazon at the show’s San Diego Comic Con 2018 panel. The acclaimed Swedish actress will play Harriet “Harry” Baumann, a highly capable, intelligent and charming German Intelligence agent, who crosses paths with Jack in South America. Noomi and John Krasinski in South America. Should be fun!

Other cast additions include: Jovan Adepo (The Leftovers), Jordi Molla (Genius), Cristina Umaña (Narcos), and Francisco Denis. According to Deadline, Adepo will play Marcus, a former special crewman in the Navy now repairing boats whose life takes a turn when an old colleague offers him a critical position in a covert operation; Molla will play Nicolas Reyes, the powerful and charismatic leader of a South American Country; Umaña will play Gloria Bonalde, a woman who fearlessly balances her career in politics with the demands of motherhood; and Denis will play Ubarri, a senior government official in a South American country.

Wendell Pierce (UnsolvedSelmaThe Wire), who plays Jack’s boss, James Greer, in Season 1, is confirmed for a return in Season 2.

A man is headed to Jack Ryan Season 2; a declaration that’s more specific than one might initially think. That’s because said man plays a character who famously begins every sentence in which he’s the subject with “a man.” Indeed, we’re referring to Game of Thrones actor Tom Wlaschiha, who’s set for a recurring role on the Amazon series, reports Deadline. Here, Wlaschiha will wear the proverbial face of Max Schenkel, a foreign operative with mysterious motivations, who will cross paths with Jack Ryan during a mission in South America.

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Wlaschiha, an East Germany-born actor, is, of course, best known as the enigmatic Faceless Man assassin Jaqen H’ghar on Game of Thrones. While most of his resume consists of German films and TV shows, he did field a three-season 2013-2015 co-starring run on an internationally distributed crime series, called Crossing Lines, opposite Donald Sutherland and William Fichtner. Interestingly, Wlaschiha had U.S. TV prospects charted last year when he was set to star in a TNT pilot, a dark urban drama called The Deep Mad Dark, which was subsequently pulled by the network.

Jack Ryan Season 2 Review

Jack Ryan season 2 is an improvement over its debut outing, per our spoiler free review:

Even with all of these additions new and old, not to mention a number of B and C plots intended to flesh things out (with varying degrees of success), Jack Ryan season 2 manages to coalesce in a manner not unlike its predecessor. Watching it through to the end — or, to be honest, binging all eight episodes in one or two gos of it — is a thoroughly satisfying experience. But, at least this time around, outgoing showrunner Cuse and his team manage to combine what made season 1 work with a newfound appreciation of Ryan’s softer, calmer side.

Jack Ryan Season 2 Trailer

Amazon Prime has debuted the latest and presumably final Jack Ryan season 2 trailer. The two-minute clip finds Jack in Venezuela, dealing with a collapsing government and Russian arms dealers. 

Here is a first look at Jack Ryan season 2, fresh off the press fom Amazon’s appearance at the Summer 2019 TCA press tour. Lots of running. Lots of South America.

Jack Ryan Season 2 Episodes 

Jack Ryan Season 2 will bring about another 8-episode run (just like Season 1).

Jack Ryan Season 2 Story

Per Amazon:

“In the second season of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, after tracking a potentially suspicious shipment of illegal arms in the Venezuelan jungle, CIA Officer Jack Ryan, portrayed by John Krasinski (A Quiet Place), heads down to South America to investigate. As Jack’s investigation threatens to uncover a far-reaching conspiracy, the President of Venezuela launches a counter-attack that hits home for Jack, leading him and his fellow operatives on a global mission spanning the United States, UK, Russia, and Venezuela to unravel the President’s nefarious plot and bring stability to a country on the brink of chaos.”

Jack Ryan Season 2 Details

Dennie Gordon, a DGA Award-winning director, is set to helm a trio of episodes for Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Season 2, reports Deadline. She will arrive on the series, coming off a string of serial TV experience from stints on shows such as (Amazon’s) Goliath, Power, Legion, Empire, Kingdom, Bloodline and Hell on Wheels.

Season 1’s directorial lineup consisted of Patricia Riggen, Daniel Sackheim, Morten Tyldum and co-creator Carlton Cuse himself.

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As the official Jack Ryan Season 2 logline states of the story:

In Season Two, Jack Ryan confronts the forces in power in a dangerous, declining democratic regime in South America.

Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke explained of the early renewal:

“With so much early anticipation for Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan from our customers and personally having the pleasure to preview the exhilarating, action-packed first season, we are excited to greenlight a second season of the series months ahead of its debut. The new season will take our unexpected hero to a new, exciting and dangerous world.”

As co-showrunner Carlton Cuse added:

“We’re thrilled that the first season has generated so much enthusiasm. We couldn’t be happier to be working with Amazon and to be filming very near the Amazon to tell the next great Jack Ryan adventure.”

Interestingly, a lot of the early Jack Ryan momentum had to do with star John Krasinski himself, who is coming off the inventive – potentially bellwether – horror movie, A Quiet Place, for which he served as its star (alongside his wife, Emily Blunt,) and was its director. The film not only proved to be a lucrative hit, but established Krasinski as quite the action/horror Renaissance man. Indeed, Amazon locked him in for Jack Ryan Season 2 as soon as it was humanly possible.

As Amy Powell, president of producing studio Paramount Television, says of Krasinski:

“From day one we only had one actor on our casting board for this series – John Krasinski. We are so excited that he is our Jack Ryan and we get to make another season with this incredibly talented team. We have been blown away by what our whole team has delivered for season one and we can’t wait for everyone to see it this summer.”

However, Amazon had another reason to justify the Jack Ryan Season 2 renewal, pointing to a 400% increase in Prime Members in the aftermath of its Super Bowl ads, necessitating a boost in original content.

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further reading: Jack Ryan Review

As for the plans for Jack Ryan Season 2, it appears that things will stay the course regarding the personnel. The showrunners in executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) and Graham Roland (Fringe, Prison Break) will remain in place. Plus, star John Krasinski will maintain his status as executive producer.

Joseph Baxter is a contributor for Den of Geek and Syfy Wire. You can find his work here. Follow him on Twitter @josbaxter.