Season 1 of “Mayor of Kingstown” comes to a close with a bang, raising the question of whether there are enough unfinished plot threads to merit a Season 2. The series is set in Kingstown, Michigan, where there are seven jails within a 10-mile radius, and was created by “Yellowstone” co-creators Taylor Sheridan and Hugh Dillon (who also plays Ian).
Mike McLusky, whose family is involved in the “business of incarceration,” is played by Jeremy Renner. Mike’s role is to function as a middleman between the inmates, their families, law enforcement, and the leaders of the prison’s warring groups.
Mike is enslaved to the Rust Belt town, a violent, desolate wasteland where sorrow begets pain. Mike wants to get out of Kingstown, but his brother Mitch (Kyle Chandler) is brutally murdered, forcing him to step up and negotiate agreements to put the lid on a powder keg and brokering peace between people searching for any excuse to act on their darkest impulses.
Mike’s life is further complicated by his troubled connection with his mother, Miriam (Dianne Wiest), as well as an old foe who wants to exploit him to accomplish an unknown objective.
“Mayor of Kingstown” examines the racial discrepancies in the American prison system, and it raises important themes regarding cyclical violence and how it erodes empathy, desensitizing people who are exposed to it to its horrors. Season 1 is a steady build that culminates in a stunning insurrection that promises to alter everyone’s life. Here’s all we know about Season 2 of “Mayor of Kingstown.”
When will Mayor of Kingstown Season 2 be released?
The second season of “Mayor of Kingstown” has not been renewed, however, it is likely that this will change shortly. According to Production Weekly (via The Cinemaholic), a second season of “Mayor of Kingstown” is in the works. However, until an official statement is made, we should take that information with a grain of salt.
Furthermore, Sheridan’s sophomore season appears to be virtually totally dependent on him. In February 2021, he signed a five-year deal with ViacomCBS and MTV Entertainment Group (via The Hollywood Reporter). Sheridan will produce five seasons of new or returning episodes for ViacomCBS brands per year as part of the arrangement, which includes a straight-to-series order for the “Yellowstone” prequel “1883.” “Mayor of Kingstown” was also a part of Sheridan’s purported nine-figure agreement.
“Kansas City,” directed by Sheridan and starring Sylvester Stallone as a New York gangster who takes over the organization’s western area, is expected to begin filming in March. The multihyphenate creator, who appears to only concentrate on one season of a show at a time, is handing over some authority over his projects. He is, however, still writing episodes for two other programs, including “Lioness,” which is about a female CIA operative, and “Land Man,” which is about the West Texas oil boom (via Deadline).
Although “Yellowstone” hasn’t been formally renewed for a fifth season, Deadline stated that filming would begin in May, and the outlet also used language that makes second seasons of “1883” and “Mayor of Kingstown” appears inevitable. “Mayor of Kingstown” has an average audience score of 86 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, despite not being a critical success (32 percent approval among critics).
According to Variety, 2.6 million people watched the show’s premiere. If renewed, “Mayor of Kingstown” might begin production in late summer or fall 2022, with new episodes premiering in 2023 at the earliest.
Who will appear in Season 2 of Mayor of Kingstown?
Despite the fact that “Mayor of Kingstown” has a large ensemble cast, Jeremy Renner is the show’s leading man.
During a November interview, the “Hawkeye” star appeared to believe that further seasons of “Mayor of Kingstown” were in his future, according to the New York Times. The rest of the cast, on the other hand, appears to be entirely disposable or underutilized. All bets are off as it’s revealed that Kyle Chandler’s Mitch doesn’t make it past the first episode.
Unfortunately, Oscar winner Dianne Wiest, who plays matriarch Miriam McLusky, does not have much screen time. That could change if Season 2 looks deeper into the origins of Mike and Miriam’s shattered relationship.
Taylor Handley, who played Kyle McLusky on “The O.C.,” is expected to return for a second season because it would be too terrible for Mike to lose two brothers, especially one with a baby on the way. Mike’s Girl Friday, Rebecca (Nichole Galicia), Season 1 standout Bunny (Tobi Bamtefa), and homicide detective Ian are also among the cast members (Hugh Dillon).
There are plenty of opportunities to introduce new characters in addition to the anticipated return of these famous supporting performers, given the series’ revolving door of criminals, doomed prison guards, and cops who aren’t long for this world.
What is the plot of Season 2 of Mayor of Kingstown?
Backstories for the primary characters are more inferred than addressed in Season 1 of “Mayor of Kingstown.” Mike and Mitch are introduced as self-proclaimed advocates for inmates in the early episodes, but this idea is quickly abandoned as Mike deals with countless ongoing vendettas.
How did the McLuskys come to have so much power and influence? What was Mike’s relationship with Milo Sunter (Aidan Gillen) in the past? Mike is a convicted felon, so how does he have unrestricted access to crime scenes? Other than their choice of profession, what motivates Miriam to cut relations with her eldest sons?
How can Mike possibly get away with murdering a house full of criminal motorcyclists and not face any repercussions? What role does Mike play in the town’s recovery from the bloody aftermath of the prison uprising? Instead of stringing together a series of violent encounters between those who relinquish power and the subjugated, Season 2 should address these topics.
Family, land, legacy, and devotion give a motive for heinous crimes in “Yellowstone.” However, aside from revenge, the reasoning for the actions of the individuals in “Mayor of Kingstown” remains unexplored in this Taylor Sheridan-verse show. Sheridan appears to have sown the seeds for story arcs that will blossom in the future; all fans have to do now is watch them grow.