C.J. Box’s “Big Sky” Returns For Second Season Next Week

The wait is almost over, as "Big Sky," the series based on C.J. Box's Cassie Dewell novels, will return for its second season next week.

Ellen Fike

September 23, 20213 min read

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The wait is almost over as “Big Sky,” the series based on C.J. Box’s Cassie Dewell novels, will return for its second season next week.

Season two of the popular drama/mystery series will begin Sept. 30 on ABC. Check local listings for the time.

Season one concluded in May after 16 episodes, somewhat of a rarity for a first season on a popular cable network, where first-season shows are generally limited to 10 episodes. “Big Sky” was also given a full first season order when the show was announced rather than an abbreviated order for fewer episodes.

It was not clear how many episodes would be produced for season two, although Deadline, an entertainment news outlet, did confirm there would be a bevy of new cast members this season, including “The Vampire Diaries” actor Michael Malarkey, “Fargo” actor Ryan O’Nan and more.

Screenwriter and producer Elwood Reid will be showrunner for the second season of “Big Sky,” taking over for David E. Kelley, who also worked on hit series such as “Big Little Lies.”

According to Deadline, season two will see private detectives Dewell and Jenny Hoyt reuniting to investigate a car wreck outside of Helena, Montana, but they discover that the case might not be as straightforward as it seems.

From the season two trailer, that might be an understatement. It’s got a supposedly dead person, creepy men giving strange warnings, a group of teenagers stealing drugs and money and a woman with bold red lipstick who says Montana’s big sky views are “such a vibe.”

C.J. Box did not immediately respond to Cowboy State Daily’s request for comment on Thursday, but we know of at least one viewer who will be watching season two: legendary horror author Stephen King, who regularly praised the first season of the show.

“BIG SKY gets the best line of the month (so far): “Ronald? Not to overstate the obvious, but you kidnapped the wrong girls,’” King wrote in early December following an episode.

The author is obviously a fan of the series’ writing, as he has praised other lines from the show.

“Best line of the week goes to Ronald (Brian Geraghty) in BIG SKY, when talking–shouting–at his mother: “I’M EATING MY CEREAL AND I DON’T WANT JUDGEMENT!’” he wrote.

The first season followed Dewell and Hoyt as they searched for two sisters who were kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana.

Box has not made many social media posts himself about the second season of the show returning, but has regularly retweeted posts from the cast about the trailer dropping and the season premiere date.

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