Your wishes have been granted, Righteous Gemstones fans! Season 2 of the HBO Max dramedy will premiere in October 2019, more than two years after the Season 1 finale aired.
We want this show to be larger, crazier, and epic than anything we’ve done before.” According to Danny McBride, who also serves as the show’s executive producer alongside his role as Jesse Gemstone in the series’ Season 1 finale, we haven’t yet worked out what the audience’s final thoughts are on these characters.
Their outlandish personalities and extravagant ways of life are the focus of this dark comedy. After all, the second season is set to premiere in January 2022, which means that the megachurch family can expect plenty of drama.
It was a “treasure to write,” McBride said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly in October 2021. For me, it was exciting to have the power of destruction to create an even larger, nastier, and more crazed universe.
While we wait to see what the second season of The Righteous Gemstones has in store, let’s take a look at what we do know so far.
What is the release date of Season 2 of The Righteous Gemstones?
During the second season of The Righteous Gemstones, which will premiere on HBO on January 9, 2022, with two new episodes, there will be four half-hour episodes running on the following Sundays at the same time. The second season will have nine episodes and will be accessible to stream on HBO Max, just as in the first season.
Is there a Season 2 trailer for The Righteous Gemstones?
It’s been over two years since the show was extended for a second season. But HBO surprised fans in December 2021 with a first peek at what’s next for the Gemstone family, declaring, “The second coming is coming.” Like Season 1, it appears that the second season will be a mixture of lightheartedness and darkness. Jesse, his sister Judy, and their younger brother Kelvin (Adam Devine) all appear to be at odds with each other in the first teaser, but it appears that they’ll all face challenges together in the nine-episode season as well. Jesse’s assassination attempt appears to be one of the new storylines that have emerged. To counterbalance the trailer’s darker undertones, a sequence in which the Gemstones are unable to shut one of their many Teslas showcases the series’ trademark silliness.
When did The Righteous Gemstones Season 2 begin filming?
In March 2020, Season 2 began filming in Charleston, SC but was shut down two days later because of the COVID-19 epidemic. A year later, on March 25, 2020, the show’s official Instagram account revealed that “And God said, ‘Let there be Season 2,’ and there was Season 2 #TheRighteousGemstones is back in production.” The show’s production continued. David Gordon Green, the show’s director, and executive producer estimates that filming will wrap up in October 2021.
In what way did Season 1 of The Righteous Gemstones conclude?
(Warning: spoilers ahead for The Righteous Gemstones Season 1!) Amber throws Jesse out of the house in the Season 1 finale because he won’t reconcile with their eldest son, Gideon. Meanwhile, Judi and BJ are able to work things out at Outback Steakhouse over a blossoming onion. Baby Billy, who is struck by lightning and brought back to life by a bee sting, experiences some type of atonement as well (seemingly a symbol of his late sister). Jesse joins Gideon in Haiti at the end of the episode.
Yes, spoilers for Season 2 of Righteous Gemstones have been released.
McBride has since told the New York Times that “I think there’s a way for characters to be real, and you can sympathize with them, but at the same time root for them to get what’s coming to them” after the Season 1 conclusion looked to set up a redemption story for the family.
McBride further revealed to Entertainment Weekly that Season 1’s fairly wrapped-up finish was a deliberate choice. “That’s what we’re going to do for the foreseeable future,” he said. So, you’re obviously continuing with the Gemstone plot, but I appreciate the concept of each season being its own work and story so that you’re not continuously baiting the audience with, “What’s next?”.” You can’t just say, “It’s over, now let’s start over.”
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the show’s bridge episode was originally intended to return with a Christmas special on Jesse and Gideon’s experiences in Haiti. Season 2 will take up after “Jesse has convinced his son to come back and things are OK in Jesse’s household,” according to McBride because we won’t be able to see what transpired in the meantime.
Also, McBride has stated that the first episode of Season 2 will pick up “an undefined period of time” after the end of Season 1 and will feature the Gemstones at ‘a pretty spectacular destination.’ The protagonists in Season 2 will now face COVID-19, albeit in “very tiny ways,” in the midst of the pandemic. As an example, he hinted that the Gemstones had been able to “provide to the globe a streaming service that allowed people to stay at home and enjoy Gemstone broadcasts” during quarantine.
McBride refers to the “muscleman army” Kelvin has built as “a muscleman army that he’s housing and training,” while his sister Judy has just eloped with BJ and caused “a kink with the family,” which McBride describes as “unexpected.” Even though Eli is the character who “we do our deep dive on this season,” McBride says that Eli is also the character who “expands the Gemstone mythos and the lowly roots that Eli overcome to develop this empire.”
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Season 2 may or may not have one thing we’ve come to expect?
Another dancefloor-filler. Don’t expect another earworm like the original “Misbehavin'” song, recorded by Walton Goggins and Jennifer Nettles in Season 1, which went viral after Season 1 aired. “We’ll have a sophomore slump this season,” McBride said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter when asked about plans to top the tune. “Misbehavin'” will be defeated in the third season.
Season 2 of The Righteous Gemstones has cast its first look.
Fans of the Righteous Gemstones, rejoicing! In addition to these cast members, a number of stars will return for Season 2.
Jesse Gemstone, played by Danny McBride
Aside from Eastbound and Down and Vice Principals on HBO, this is McBride’s first time receiving sole creator credit for The Righteous Gemstones. In Season 2, he (and his mutton chops) will reprise his role as Jesse. An important theme of the first season was that of the eldest Gemstone sibling being subjected to blackmail because of his scandalous past.
Judy Gemstone is played by Edi Patterson
The show’s co-writer and star Judy Gemstone, Patterson also serves as a co-creator of the show’s catchy tune “Misbehavin'” and serves as one of the show’s writers. This character was “certainly more frustrated than any character I’ve ever played,” she said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
“Pitch Perfect” star Adam Devine will reprise his role as Kelvin Gemstone Devine (the youngest child in the Gemstone family), who craves acceptance from his peers. The Workaholics star previously stated in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that the character is more of a “straight man” than some of his past roles. His explanation for this was that he was playing a man-child, something he is really skilled at. As for this character, “I knew I could play that role, but I wanted to really ground him and make him look like a real guy,” says the actor.
Eli Gemstone, played by John Goodman
Eli Gemstone, the patriarch of the Gemstone family, has taken over the reins of the business following the death of his wife. He is “simply breaking apart quickly because of his sadness, and he’s been focused on the business side of things for a long time, and I think he feels justified in doing that,” Goodman explained to Vox.
Aimee-Leigh Gemstone (Jennifer Nettles)
The late matriarch of the Gemstone family, country music sensation Nettles (half of the group Sugarland), is played by country music star Nelly Furtado. For Nettles, the character of Aimee-Leigh was “very natural” once she “tapped into my Southern Baptist background,” she said to GoldDerby.
“Baby” Billy Freeman, Tony Cavalero, Cassidy Freeman, Tim Baltz, Skyler Gisondo, Greg Alan Williams, and Walton Goggins will all reprise their roles as characters from the Gemstone family in the upcoming season of “The Walking Dead” (as Martin Imari).
On top of these new faces, Jason Schwartzman and Eric Andre (of Bad Trip and The Eric Andre Show) have been cast as Thaniel, a journalist with a story that threatens the family, and Lyle Lessons, a megachurch pastor who hooks up with Jesse and Amber. Eric Roberts will play Junior, a character who will likely provide light on Eli’s past as he “grew up with [him] and re-enters his life,” according to reports.
Season 3 of The Righteous Gemstones has yet to be announced.
The Righteous Gemstones haven’t gone away just because the filming is taking longer than expected. In October, director and executive producer David Gordon Green told Collider that they had been picked up for a third season and wanted to shoot another one even though Season 2 had yet to broadcast. So we’re currently brainstorming ideas for that. With its huge cast, it’s a broad and epic story.”
How to watch seasons 1 and 2 of The Righteous Gemstones
On HBO Max, you can watch Season 1 of The Righteous Gemstones in its entirety, and Season 2 will premiere in 2022.