For fans of Stephen King who have access to the AT&T Audience Network, you've been watching one of the best adaptations of one of his works with Mr. Mercedes.
Mr. Mercedes Season 1 comes to an end in just one day but fear not. The characters will make a comeback. How and why? We'll have to wait for that, but it's official: Mr. Mercedes has been renewed for Season 2.
What we do know is the series will continue to be based on King’s best-selling Bill Hodges Trilogy, including includes, “Mr. Mercedes,” “Finders Keepers,” and “End of Watch.”
David E. Kelley will return to write the script for Season 2 and the tremendous Jack Bender will be returning as director.
King, Kelley and Bender will also continue to serve as executive producers, along with Dennis Lehane, who will continue to write for the series.
“We’re thrilled that the first installment of ‘Mr. Mercedes’ resonated with such a wide audience,” said Christopher Long, head of the Audience Network.
“David E. Kelley, Jack Bender, Dennis Lehane, and Sonar did a masterful job crafting a series that honored the original work by Stephen King. We’re excited to have the opportunity to create a second season with this incredible team.”
“Mr. Mercedes is Stephen King writing about the monsters inside his characters rather than outside,” said Bender.
“We were extremely fortunate to attract an amazing cast, led by Brendan Gleeson and Harry Treadaway, to bring these flawed, complex colorful characters to life. With Sonar and AT&T, along with great scripts and our talented team in Charleston, I am thrilled to keep telling this story.”
Kelley said, “I’m excited and thrilled. Stephen King, Dennis Lehane, Jack Bender, Brendan Gleeson — this is a special team indeed.”
Mr. Mercedes Season 1 Episode 10 will wrap up the freshman season with an amazing crescendo to what has already been a season worth talking about.
Retired police detective Bill Hodges was unable to solve the mass murder committed by a clown at the wheel of a car who mowed into a group of people waiting at a job fair. Years later, the demented murderer, dubbed the Mercedes Killer, begins taunting him and a frightening, potentially felonious game of cat and mouse ensues.
The acting is superb, the pace frenetic, and the direction allows for no sleeping at the wheel for an audience normally adept at multi-tasking while watching TV.
Be sure to tune into the finale, be here for a discussion of the end and share your thoughts on the incredible renewal news below!!
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