Season 2 of Amazon’s Absentia sees Stana Katic’s FBI agent Emily Byrne struggling to recover the past six years of her life. Katic moved on from the troubled final season of ABC’s Castle with the dark and gloomy thriller that blends elements of a traditional serial killer drama with the mystery surrounding a terrifying abduction. In the case of Absentia, the missing person in question is Katic’s FBI agent, a woman who not only loses six years of her life, but also becomes part of another serial killer investigation.
Though the series has its fair share of twists, which stem from the six-year blank spot in Emily’s life, it is equally focused on the emotional fallout of a woman returning to a world that had written her off for dead years ago. As a result, Emily has returned to a life that’s been shattered by the circumstances of her capture. Case in point, her husband Nick (Patrick Heusinger) is now remarried and her son, Flynn (Patrick McAuley) is torn between to women: the mother he thought he’d lost and the new one he’d gained.
In addition to the serial killer/abduction drama that is the show’s main selling point, the new season has plenty of action, too, as evidenced by the many snippets showing Katic kicking butt and taking names. Whether or not that will lead her to the answers she’s seeking — and may not want to find — remains to be seen, but the new season looks as though it’s poised to provide some semblance of a solution. Check out the trailer for Absentia season 2 below:
“In season two, after tracking down and killing her abductor, Emily struggles to define her new normal as a mother and a survivor of six years of physical and mental torture. Even while she rebuilds her relationship with her son, Emily still cannot shake the darkness of her past. She enlists Boston police detective Tommy Gibbs (Angel Bonanni) in a secret investigation of her mysterious history. When the case turns deadly, she risks everything to uncover the truth and protect her family.”
The series is a far cry from Katic’s last big role, as Absentia eschews the charming romantic comedy feel of Castle for something that’s much more serious. The series strikes a tone similar to that of many Scandinavian crime dramas, such as Wallander, Trapped, Bordertown, and more.
Absentia season 2 premieres Friday, June 14 exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.