The TNT series was originally meant to be a limited series
Season 2 of The Alienist aired on it’s home network TNT from 19th July to 9th August 2020. Titled The Angel of Darkness, we see Laszlo Kreizler, Sara Howard and John Moore embark on a mission to find the kidnapped baby daughter of the Spanish Ambassador-General.
This was just one out of many missing baby cases in New York and when they get to the bottom of it, it’s nothing less than a nightmare.
Season 3 hasn’t been announced yet, but what can we expect if it happens? Read on.
Season 3 release date
After premiering on TNT in the US in July, the show came to Netflix in the UK on October 22, 2020. The wait between August and October was because the licensing rights required the show to run it’s full course on the original broadcaster with some additional waiting period before moving on to other networks or streamers.
Numerous shows have been delayed and cancelled in the past year, so the best-case scenario is to expect the announcement by mid-to-late 2021.
Season 3 plot
The series is based on the novels by Caleb Carr, and there are three in total. But here’s where things get weird.
The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness are set in 1896 and 1897 respectively, but the third book, titled Surrender, New York, takes place in 2016. The new protagonist is Dr. Trajan Jones, who is a criminal psychologist.
If showrunner Stuart Carolan decides to stick to the books, he will have to leave the three characters in the past and choose new actors to play Jones and his partner, trace-evidence expert Mike Li. That would mean we will not be seeing Daniel Brühl, Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans return in season 3.
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