Jack is back. Amazon Prime Video’s all action CIA hero Jack Ryan, played by John Krasinski (The Office, A Quiet Place) returns this autumn for a second season of globetrotting, nail-biting, edge-of-your-sofa adventures.
Based on the classic Tom Clancy novels, but updated for 2019, Jack Ryan is the classic all-American hero with a modern twist.
After quashing a Syrian terrorist attack and a threat to the President’s life in season one, Jack Ryan has climbed up the ranks and earned the respect and friendship of his boss James Greer (Wendell Pierce).
At the end of season 1, Greer landed a new job in Russia and offered Jack a chance to stay in the field working for him in Moscow.
When is Jack Ryan season 2 released?
The second season of the fan-favourite action thriller is released on Friday, November 1st on Amazon Prime Video.
How many episodes are in season 2?
The second run of Jack Ryan has eight episodes.
What do we know so far about Jack Ryan season 2?
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 Krasinski, 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.
Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, said: "The new season will take our unexpected hero to a new, exciting and dangerous world."
Speaking about how Jack has changed since season 1, Krasinski told Entertainment Weekly: "This is a guy who very openly stated, 'Here's all the work. Go get the bad guys. I don’t want to be a part of it'.
"But now his eyes have been opened and he can’t go back."
Who is in the cast?
In addition to Krasinski, the second season also sees the return of Wendell Pierce (The Wire) as James Greer and Abbie Cornish as love interest Dr Cathy Mueller.
John Hoogenakker is also back in a larger role as black ops operative Matice.
New cast members with key roles in season 2 include House of Cards star Michael Kelly as seasoned CIA officer Mike November and Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as Harriet ‘Harry’ Baumann – a German intelligence agent who Jack meets in South America.
Season 2 will also see the arrival of Jovan Adepo (The Leftovers), who plays Marcus, a former Navy special crewman, Narcos star Cristina Umana as a politician, Francisco Denis as Ubarri, a South American government official and Jordi Molla (Genius) as Nicolas Reyes, a powerful and charismatic leader of a South American nation.
Is Jack Ryan season 2 based on a Tom Clancy book?
Season 1 ended with Greer transferred to Moscow to serve as station chief and he invited Jack to join him in the field.
Fans of Tom Clancy’s books will recognize the Russia connection, because the analyst frequently battled against the Russians during the Cold War.
However, season 2 is expected to have a stronger focus on South America, where Jack will be dealing with a declining democratic regime.
This could mean the new episodes will have a loose connection with the classic Clancy novel Clear and Present Danger, which pitted Jack Ryan against South American drugs cartels.
Will James Greer make it out of season two alive?
If the series is influenced and loosely based on Clear and Present Danger, there is one large elephant in the room. The fate of James Greer.
In the Tom Clancy novel, Greer dies from pancreatic cancer. Will the writers of Jack Ryan keep that element of the story and bump off Wendell Pierce's character in season two? Or will they choose to steer away from that part of the story?
In the trailer, Greer is shown struggling in an action sequence, bleeding and being lifted off the floor by Jack. Speaking of trailers...
Is there a trailer?
Get a sneak peek at the upcoming action in the first-look trailer…
The official season two trailer was shown during the NFL Season Opener on NBC, marking the first time Prime Video ran a full-length trailer on broadcast television.
Additionally, travelers flying into LAX Airport in September will be greeted to ‘Jack is Back’, a 50,000 square foot rooftop billboard marking the largest rooftop advertising placement of all time. The rooftop billboard is illuminated, allowing travelers to view the signage any hour of the day or night.
Will there be a season 3?
There is no sign of Jack Ryan ending any time soon. Amazon confirmed in early 2019 that they had already given the green light to season 3.
Krasinski’s third outing as the CIA Officer is expected to be released in 2020.
How to watch Jack Ryan season 2 in the UK
BT TV customers can watch Jack Ryan via the Amazon Prime Video app.