Over the past week or so, ITV has been steadily dropping teaser trailers heralding the highly anticipated return of their most popular murder mystery from last year. There have been four new clips so far and while none of them show any actual new footage – unless you can count the fact that stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman exist and wear clothes outdoors as footage – they’re still pretty effective at ramping up the tension as we build toward the series’ second season. Which, according to these trailers, will be January 2015 for those lucky enough to live in the UK. (No word on American dates yet, sorry gang.)
And honsetly, when we've all gone this long with virutally no new Broadchurch-releated anything, it doesn't take that much to stoke fans' excitement.
At any rate, these are well worth a watch, if only because we’ve all been so starved for any scraps of information about the new season of Broadchurch. Filming has been basically kept on lockdown and while Americans have had (the debatable trainwreck of) Gracepoint to keep us occupied, it’s been pretty hard not to notice that we literally have zero idea what Season 2 is going to entail.
The first two teasers aren’t much help at all in that regard – they’re both just long, foreboding tracking shots of various Broadchurch-ian settings, all built around the mysterious message “The End is Where It Begins”.
Like the ocean:
Or the cliffs made famous in Season 1:
The third and fourth clips are a bit more interesting, as they both feature voiceovers from the series’ stars, combined with long, foreboding tracking shots of the cliffs. As an extra bonus, time you can just make out Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller standing on top of one of them.
Tennant’s brief narration poses the question of why Alec is still in Broadchurch if he caught Danny Latimer’s killer.Meanwhile, the Colman-narrated clip features a voiceover about how the Latimer murder basically destroyed Ellie’s job, family and town. As viewers, we’re clearly meant to ask ourselves what’s next for these characters (heck, even what’s next for this show) after the events of Series 1.
But, that’s really as much as we can extrapolate about the plot of Broadchurch Series 2, and frankly, that’s really not a lot to go on. So feel free to start your speculation engines now – will this season focus on another murder? On fallout from last year’s murder? Why is Alec still in Broadchurch?
The bulk of the main cast is all set to return alongside Tennant and Colman, including Arthur Darvill, Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan. They’ll be joined by a few new faces, such as Eve Myles, Charlotte Rampling, James D’Arcy and more.
Is anyone else really excited for the return of Broadchurch?