On October 12, 2021, the horror television series “Chucky,” based on the “Child’s Play” horror film franchise, launched on Syfy and the USA Network concurrently. The series follows 14-year-old Jake Wheeler (Zackary Arthur), who buys a Good Guy doll for an art project only to learn that the doll is possessed by serial killer Charles Lee Ray — called Chucky. It is set after the events of the 2017 film “Cult of Chucky.
” Jake becomes a suspect after the doll commits many killings in Jake’s hometown of Hackensack, New Jersey. Don Mancini, who had previously directed three “Chucky” films and written several films in the “Child’s Play” franchise, conceived the series. Mancini also serves as the show’s executive producer and showrunner.
The first season of “Chucky” garnered mainly positive reviews, with a Tomatometer score of 90 percent and an audience score of 88 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. John Doyle of the Globe and Mail summed up a lot of the praise when he wrote, “‘Chucky’ is a treat; a quirky, clever, humorous, and very droll series with a smattering of gore, but nothing that would make your head hurt. It’s a complete overhaul.”
According to TVLine, the series has been renewed for a second season, much to the delight of the show’s fans. Here’s all we know about Season 2 of “Chucky.”
When Will the Second Season of Chucky Be Released?
Since the renewal was only announced in November of 2021, there isn’t much information regarding the release date and other elements available yet. However, we do know that the second season will premiere next year, as executive producer and showrunner Don Mancini announced in a statement (via TVLine)
According to Mancini’s statement, “With ‘Chucky,’ we’re excited to begin pulling the strings on the second season of puppet mayhem. Thank you to our friends at USA, Syfy, and UCP for their unwavering support and leadership in bringing ‘Chucky’ to the small screen in a bigger and better way than ever before. Chucky extends his everlasting gratitude to the fans, as well as a message: ‘This isn’t over, not by a long shot.‘ On 21 August 2022, you’d better watch your backs!'”
Given that the first season premiered in October, around Halloween, the second season is expected to follow suit. However, we’ll have to wait for further information before we can validate that theory.
Who Will Appear in Season 2 of Chucky?
Zackary Arthur, who plays protagonist — and Chucky owner — Jake Wheeler, is at the helm of “Chucky.” Looking at the cast for next season, Arthur is almost certain to return. Arthur’s other credits include “Kidding” and “Transparent,” in addition to “Chucky” (via IMDb).
We can also expect the rest of the main cast — at least those who made it through Season 1 — to return for Season 2. Devon Evans and Lexy Cross, two of Jake’s friends, are played by Björgvin Arnarson and Alyvia Alyn Lind, respectively. Tiffany Valentine (Jennifer Tilly), Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent), and Nica Pierce (Fiona Dourif) are among the characters we can expect to see again.
Junior Wheeler, Jake’s antagonistic cousin, played by Teo Briones, was one of the main characters in Season 1. Junior, on the other hand, did not make it out alive in Season 1, thus Briones is unlikely to return. Christine Elise, who played Kyle in Season 1, has a better chance of returning because her death was not shown on-screen.
Finally, Brad Dourif portrays the ruthless serial killer Chucky. Dourif has played Chucky in several “Child’s Play” films, including “Cult of Chucky” in 2017, “Curse of Chucky” in 2013, and even “Child’s Play” in 1988. Dourif, like Arthur’s character, can be counted on to return for Season 2 — after all, the show is named after him.
What Will the Plot of Chucky Season 2 Be?
The “Chucky” Season 1 finale aired on November 30, 2021, and it left a lot of plot threads open for Season 2 to explore. Chucky (voiced by Brad Dourif) has been busy recruiting a possessed army, despite Andy (Alex Vincent) and Kyle (Christine Elise) thinking they’ve taken down all of the Chucky dolls.
“Once you go into your fourth decade in a franchise, it’s trying to forge on into uncharted, unexplored ground,” showrunner Don Mancini remarked in an interview with Bloody Disgusting. And I’ve always liked the concept of having many Chucky dolls.” In Season 2, we can certainly expect more from this murderous army.
Fans are excited to learn if Kyle, a fan-favorite character who has been assumed dead, is truly dead, or if, like many other characters in the “Chucky” franchise, she will rise from the dead. Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) amputates Nica Pierce’s (Fiona Dourif) limbs “in case” Chucky regains control of her.
When asked whether there was anything the performers hoped to see for their characters in Season 2 in a video interview with SyFy, Alex Vincent responded that predicting is fruitless since “Don [Mancini’s] vision is quite often not what we would expect it to be, especially for individuals who know him as well as we do.” That keeps us on our toes, surprises us, and keeps us entertained.