Season 1 of Bloodline saw the series snag Lead Actor and Supporting Actor Drama Series Emmy nominations for Kyle Chandler and Ben Mendelsohn, respectively, as brothers John and Danny Rayburn. I’m not making any predictions or spilling spoilers, but if you liked Season 1 of the drama series created by Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman (it was was one of my top 10 new shows of 2015), the much more kinetic Season 2 that debuts May 27 reveals last year was just a warm-up act for the riveting rot and revelations that take hold of the Rayburn family and those around them.
Premiering all at once, the binge-worthy 10-episode second season of the Netflix series again has murder in the cards as the consequences of the secret killing of black sheep Danny by his younger brother John at the end of Season 1 now turns into the equivalent of nuclear winter fallout for the Florida Keys-based clan.
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Going darker and darker, the family drama features intense performances from Linda Cardellini as now-NYC-based daughter Meg, Norbert Leo Butz as youngest son Kevin, and Sissy Spacek as Rayburn matriarch Sally. Things go even more FUBAR with the noteworthy additions of John Leguizamo as an old acquaintance of Danny’s; Owen Teague, who briefly showed up at the end of Season 1 as Nolan, Danny’s previously unknown teenage son; and Andrea Riseborough as Nolan’s mother.
But, as I say in my video review above, if you want the real blood and guts of Bloodline Season 2 it is Friday Night Lights alum Chandler going further and further out to sea as his cop character flails to keep the murder and specter of Danny from destroying more than it already has. Add to that, the near-peerless Mendelsohn’s Danny constantly haunting his family and events through flashbacks and his son.
Yes, I’ve played my Bloodline Season 2 cards close to the chest so as not to reveal too much in a season pulsating with plotlines. However, the drama and the bone-crushing suspense are just so tremendously Florida noir you have jump into to these waters.
So, click on my review and tell us what you think about the return of the Rayburns.
This review originally ran on May 11, 2016
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