Prime Video has just renewed Citadel Season 2, which will star James Bond-hopeful Richard Madden and Priyanka Chopra Jonas. They portray agents Mason Kane and Nadia Sinh, respectively, and Stanley Tucci and Lesley Manville join them in the show’s main cast. The first season is about to stream its finale this Friday, May 26th. All episodes will be available to watch and rewatch from then on.
Even more interesting is that both Prime Video and ad-supported Amazon Freevee will stream the first episode of Season 1 free without the need of a membership. The first episode will stream for one month on Amazon Freevee starting from Friday, May 26th in the United States. Meanwhile, regions outside the U.S. will get it from May 26th to May 28th, that is this Friday to Sunday.
From the directors that brought the blockbuster Marvel movies Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, Anthony and Joe Russo served as executive producers for the six-episode series through their AGBO banner company. They join Amazon Studios, Midnight Radio and PKM Productions to bring the explosive global-spy drama to the small screen.
The series is created by Josh Appelbaum, Bryan Oh, and David Weil. Amazon Prime Video declared that the series has a whopping $300M price tag for the first season alone, which puts each episode at a budget of $50M. Seems that the budget is paying off given the reported viewership numbers and the fact that Prime Video opted to renew the show for a second season.
Citadel Is Confirmed to have Season 2 on Prime Video
The news about the second season first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter last March, even before the first season premiered. Now, Deadline confirms that the espionage series is ensured for a second season. The head of Amazon and MGM Studios, Jennifer Salke, had this to say about the show’s renewal:
Citadel is a truly global phenomenon. Our goal was always to create a new franchise rooted in original IP that would grow Prime Video’s international audience. This show has drawn an outsize number of new international customers to Prime Video.
Reports indicate that Citadel’s viewership numbers follow the streamer’s other global hit series, Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power. Salke continued:
Its massive worldwide debut audience is a testament to Joe and Anthony Russo’s remarkable vision, the incredible talents of Richard Madden, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Lesley Manville and Stanley Tucci, and the tireless work of the creative teams, cast, and crew.
Apparently, the action, twists, drama and conspiracy tackled throughout the series enraptured audiences around the world. Salke confirmed:
Given the overwhelming number of our customers who have embraced this show, we are not only thrilled to share the premiere episode of Citadel globally without membership, but also confirm that the series will return for a second season.
Prime Video’s Citadel Buckles Up for Season 2
It is one thing to have a top-tier series, but it’s another to be so confident about it that you offer it to be watched for free for a limited time. Once people are hooked, that’s when you pay up for a subscription to Prime Video. Now, where have I seen that tactic before?
Citadel is likely filling the audience’s thirst for a spy series. Considering that Amazon now has the rights to James Bond, we wonder what they could do with it now that this new series is doing so well for Prime Video. Both IPs focus on espionage and conspiracy storylines, and Citadel utilises the “memory loss” trope for their protagonists. Again, I wonder where I have seen that before…? (Jason Bourne, maybe…?).
Also, the series is not lacking on the gadget side of things. It seems as though this show has satisfied the high-tech expectations viewers have when it comes to an action-packed covert special agent series. The difference is that this series plays up the dynamics of having two special agents who lost their memories, as opposed to just one.
Prior to that, they were already growing to be more than professional partners. Years later, they discover more about their past when one of them is already leading a different life. That must have been quite disorienting for that person, but towards the final episodes of the series, it delivers yet another twist for that particular character.
With so many similarities to other spy dramas and movies, how does Citadel position itself as a unique IP? Perhaps viewers will undoubtedly find out in Citadel Season 2. Reports also say that the series is set to open other storylines featuring different countries. Now, that is very interesting indeed.
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