Deep State returns for a second season

Screen Capture: Walton Goggins and Anastasia Griffith as Nathan Miller and Amanda Jones, respectively in the Deep State episode “Hard Sun.”
Screen Capture: Walton Goggins and Anastasia Griffith as Nathan Miller and Amanda Jones, respectively in the Deep State episode “Hard Sun.”

While Deep State is an excellent replacement for Berlin Station, it does not have the same feel. The cast dynamics are completely different. Despite this point, espionage drama aficionados will probably flock to this second season of Deep State like ducks to water. There is something dark and sinister about this second season which makes me believe people will want to continue watching the series.

What is Deep State?

Deep State, a British espionage thriller, is written and created by Matthew Parkhill and Simon Maxwell. When it comes to espionage related productions, some of the first titles that spring to mind include but is not limited to Spooks (MI-5 in the United States) and Berlin Station. Deep State was first televised in the British Isles on Thursday, 5 April 2018. Consisting of eight episodes, the first season ended its run Thursday, 24 May 2018.

Who stars in the series?

Walton Goggins, best known for playing Shane Vendrell in the highly acclaimed detective drama series The Shield, takes over as the lead actor in the second season. Further to playing former CIA operative Nathan Miller, The Shield alumnus will also be tasked with executive producer responsibilities for the upcoming eight-episode run.

During the first season, the lead role was played by Mark Strong. Strong, better known for playing Merlin in the Kingsman films, is no longer part of the Deep State cast. Max Easton, the character Strong played during the first season, was a former MI-6 field agent.

Further to Goggins, other new cast members include Victoria Hamilton, Lily Banda and Shelley Conn as Senator Meaghan Sullivan, Aïcha Konaté and Nicole Miller, respectively. The character Hamilton plays in Deep State, Republican U.S. Sen. Meaghan Sullivan, is worlds apart from the character she personified in the Netflix original series The Crown. Sullivan dedicates much time and resources to shining a light on illicit activities. Banda’s character, Aïcha Konaté, is a tireless Malian aid worker that has dedicated every fibre of her being to improve her country. Conn plays Nicole Miller. Nicole is Nathan Miller’s ex-wife.

Reprising their roles as Leyla Toumi, George White, Harry Clarke and Amanda Jones from the first season are Karima McAdams, Alistair Petrie, Joe Dempsie and Anastasia Griffith, respectively.

Brief Episode Synopsis: Deep State: S02.E01: “Cicero”

Four U.S. Special Forces and a translator are apparently victims of an ambush. Consequently, there are delays obtaining a deal in Washington D.C. Former CIA Operative Nathan Miller has the task of making sure the plan is successful.

SPOILERS ALERT: If you have yet to watch this episode, please feel free to stop reading at this point in the article. Continue reading after you watch the episode.

With the possible exception of comic book based shows, police procedural series and courtroom dramas, there is still a place in the television viewing roster for a well-crafted espionage plot.

Is there a trailer for the second season?

Final Thoughts

With films such as Red Joan hitting cinema screens, it should not surprise anyone the espionage genre is increasing in popularity amongst both television and film viewing audiences. Another influencing factor one might want to consider, not that espionage is a key component, is the current American presidential administration.  It is therefore possible some of its activities might make they way on to our screens via a fictional avenue. While this could be hyperbole, the Trump administration is not without controversy.

What did you think of the first season? Will you, with Mark Strong no longer being in the cast, continue to watch the series? The new cast members are not without their respective talents. They add a new dynamic to the series not present with previous cast members. Each person in front of and behind the camera has proven their worth to the production in various ways. Does this second season not deserve an opportunity to shine as brightly as the first season did?