Even though it was said there would be a second season, it is looking more and more likely that Season 2 of Ratched will never be made.
As you may already know, Ratched was the third major Ryan Murphy show to premiere exclusively on Netflix. The streaming service has now announced that the show will be back for a second season.
But now that the first season of Ratched has been on Netflix for well over a year and we haven’t heard much about the future of the show, here’s what we know about the upcoming second season.
The One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest TV series is a prequel to the One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest novel, which was published in 1962 and made into a movie in 1975. The TV series can be enjoyed on its own, without having seen the movie.
Some of the actors who have been cast in the role are Sarah Paulson, Finn Wittrock, Cynthia Nixon, and Jon Jon Briones. Most of the time, Paulson works with Ryan Murphy on one of his plays.
The first season of the show came out on September 18, 2020, and both viewers and critics liked what they saw.
The series has been nominated for several awards, including four Primetime Emmys. However, it’s important to remember that it cost Netflix a lot of money to make. Reports say that each episode of the show costs between $10 million and $15 million to make.
Who Will be in Ratched Season 2?
Sarah Paulson is the lead and plays Nurse Mildred Ratched. The other main characters are Finn Wittrock as Edmund Tolleson, Cynthia Nixon as Gwendolyn Briggs, Jon Jon Briones as Dr. Richard Hanover, Charlie Carver as Huck Finnigan, Judy Davis as Nurse Betsy Bucket, and Lenore Osgood as Lenore Osgood (Sharon Stone).
Most, if not all, of these actors, should go back to their roles unless they had to leave for a story or personal reasons.
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Wittrock and Paulson, who used to be friends but now have a rivalry that could kill the loser, will probably be the main focus of Season 2.
There are also Ratched’s employees and some of the patients who stood out. In any case, the series will focus on Ratched’s personality, so it will be interesting to see how she handles her job as a nurse and, eventually, how she interacts with these other characters.
Ratched Season 2 Storyline
It’s an obvious spoiler, but anyone who has been watching the show and knows about the movie it’s leading up to knows how it will end and what will happen in the last few episodes of the new season. First, though, let’s go over a few key points.
Ratched and Gwendolyn run away to Mexico at the end of season one, leaving Nurse Bucket in charge of the hospital.
But it doesn’t look like there will be a happy ending. Ratched’s brother Edmund calls her and tells her that he will find her and kill her. Ratched coldly tells him not to do it if she finds him first.
Since this was the last warm and healthy relationship she had with someone, it won’t be surprising to see her kill her brother and turn into the cold monster in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
When Will Season 2 of Ratched be Released?
A year after the first season came out on Netflix, fans still don’t know when or even where the show is in the process of being made.
Because of how the pandemic has affected productivity, scheduling is probably the most important issue… Paulson told us that she didn’t think filming for the second season would start until the end of 2021, which is a long time after the first season came out.
Also, Disney has been working hard to keep their products from going to competitors and to get back their shows.
Earlier this year, Netflix took down a number of its shows, like the first season of The Defenders. However, the fact that Soundtrack, a 20th Century Fox show that premiered on Netflix but was canceled after one season, was also taken down earlier this year may be more relevant to Ratched.
If Netflix moved Ratched to Hulu, for example, Disney would have to buy back the rights. We were told that Netflix is the only one who can show Ratched for the next ten years. At this point, the show is set to end in 2030.
Cynthia Nixon, who will be on the show in the summer of 2021, says that filming may not start until early 2022. So far, that hasn’t happened.
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Early in August 2022, Variety put out a short statement saying that there was no new information.
When asked if there would be a second season of the show, Paulson told Variety, “I’m not going to guess.”
As was already said, Ryan Murphy has a long-term deal with Netflix. His Netflix-exclusive productions include Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, The Watcher, and Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, among others. The 20th Television Series is not one of them.
When his contract with Netflix runs out in June 2023, everyone thinks he’ll go back to Disney, and that’s what most people think will happen. Do you think it’s unlikely that Disney will buy the rights to Ratched and film season 2 there? No one knows yet.
The Bottom Line
I, for one, can’t wait for the second season of Nurse Ratched. As someone who liked the movie, this show was fun to watch, and with ten episodes in season two, it will be a thrill ride to the end.
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