Based on the book of the same name by bestselling author Roberto Saviano, 'ZeroZeroZero' is an unforgettable exploration of the inner workings of the global. A man returns to the hometown he left as a kid when his brother was one of five children murdered in a case that was never solved. Old memories return to the surface when one mother’s child goes missing after mentioning that she had been watching 'Candle Cove, ' a creepy children’s puppet show he used to watch on public access in the 1980s around the time of his brother's murder.
Adapted from the book by Roberto Saviano, “ZeroZeroZero” tells these different stories in alternating big chunks; sometimes the arcs will intertwine (and lead to a flashback) and sometimes an arc will be off on its own for a while. It helps keep the stories focused, and helps you keep track of most of the characters who might suddenly die—the show is primed for attentive viewing even more than binge-viewing, but you’ll want to follow its eight hour-long episodes to the end either way. I recommend doing so in doses, even though the show is held together by so many great twists that you might find yourself just watching one episode after the next.
The weakest of the three storylines belongs to the Americans, and it’s telling that the story could still thrive on its own were “ZeroZeroZero” chopped up into three different movies. Andrea Riseborough stands out with in her performance as Emma Lynwood, the older sister (and daughter to Gabriel Byrne's Edward) trying to keep up the Lynwood family drug deal; her presence is shown to be an abrasive break from the very gendered roles of drug dealing, where Mafiosos refuse to get women involved, and the cartels are shown to put nearly-nude women to work to cut the cocaine. Like many people in this saga she can disappear and reappear from the events, but Riseborough is one of the most stable dramatic forces, working through a bizarre adventure that takes her and her brother Chris (Dane DeHaan) to Senegal and Morocco, where her unblinking management skills prove necessary in trying to keep the deal alive. DeHaan's Chris is a bit more unwieldy, especially with a backstory of a family disease that has him frantically trying to not lose his prescriptions in the process, and eventually tearing up rooms and screaming in bouts of capital-A Acting.
Far more subtle is the story involving the the Italians, who have their own bubbling drama that rises to the surface. The series’ penchant for gorgeous, extra wide shots of each story’s horizon are the best here when detailing the peaceful cliff sides and small villages that Don Minu (Adriano Chiaramida) has right outside his underground bunker, where he has been ruling in seclusion. Don Minu’s hotshot grandson Stefano (Giuseppe De Domenico) forces him out of hiding with the deal, especially as Stefano tries to take over; the two enact an old school vs. new school drama that works in its slow-burns, as they tactfully try to trap and kill the other. Each time that Don Minu, or Stefano, are lead somewhere unknown for a meeting, it feels like it could be their last moment, and the script’s reoccurring chorus of someone shifting allegiances especially pops here within the stakes of their gruesome family backstory.
Based on the eponymous novel by Roberto Saviano, ZeroZeroZero showcases the undertakings of the purveyors of the international cocaine trade and the impact it has on the lives of the Lynwood family members and others involved. Created by Stefano Sollima (‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’), and writers Leonardo Fasoli (‘Gomorrah’) and Mauricio Katz (‘The Bridge’), the show premiered in February 2020, on Amazon Prime.
It was lauded for its multi-faceted narrative, kaleidoscopic perspective on corruption and drug trade, high-octane action sequences, and compelling performances from the diverse cast. After faring well among the critics and the audiences, fans are wondering: will there be a ‘ZeroZeroZero’ season 2? Well, here’s everything we know.
ZeroZeroZero Season 2 Release Date
‘ZeroZeroZero’ season 1 premiered on March 6, 2020, on Amazon Prime. It consists of eight episodes of 45-50 minutes each. Ahead of its premiere on Prime Video, the drug drama released on Sky Atlantic in Italy, on February 14, 2020.
As far as season 2 is concerned, here’s what we know. The popularity might not be an issue since the show has garnered fairly decent ratings among the viewers. And if you are curious about the potential with regards to the storyline, there is enough source material for the makers to extend it beyond the first season. If everything works out and the network decides to renew the show for a second season, ‘ZeroZeroZero’ season 2 might release sometime in March 2021 or later, on Amazon Prime.
ZeroZeroZero Season 2 Cast: Who can be in it?
Except for a few, most of the characters might reprise their roles in season 2.
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Gabriel Byrne (‘Hereditary’) might return to essay the character of Edward Lynwood, the head of the shipping company and patriarch of the Lynwood family. Season 2 might also see the return of Andrea Riseborough (‘Black Mirror’) as Ed’s daughter Emma Lynwood, and Dane DeHaan (‘A Cure For Wellness’) as Ed’s son Chris Lynwood, who is suffering from Huntington’s disease.
Its internationally diverse cast also includes actors from Mexico and Europe. The ensemble comprises Harold Torres (‘Sin Nombre’) as Manuel Contreras, Giuseppe De Domenico (‘Euphoria’) as Stefano La Piana, Adriano Chiaramida (‘Romanzo Criminale’) as Don Minu, Noé Hernández (‘We are the Flesh’) as Varas, Tchéky Karyo (‘Nikita’) as François Salvage, Francesco Colella (‘Made in Italy’) as Italo Curtiga, and Claudia Pineda (‘Dogma’) as La Chiquita. We might also get to see some new faces in season 2.
ZeroZeroZero Season 2 Plot: What can it be About?
Season 1 follows a massive cocaine shipment that needs to be transported from the producers, i.e., the Mexican cartel leaders to the distributors, i.e., the Italian drug dealers via Lynwood’s shipping company. After a tragedy strikes the Lynwood family, Ed’s daughter reluctantly steps up to take control of his father’s reign, getting embroiled in the world of crime, endangering her life. To save the family business, Chris, who is dealing with a crippling Huntington’s disease and has lost his sense of hearing, lends a hand to his sister Emma. And together, the brother-sister duo tries to get ahead of the power struggle that ensues in the world market and also dodge the anti-drug officials.
Season 2 might delve further into the dark and grim underbelly of the Mexican drug trade and showcase the impact it has on those involved. We can also expect to see more of Chris and Emma’s co-dependent sibling dynamic. There is a chance that we might get to learn more about the pivotal role, the Mexican anti-drug police play in getting hold of the informants and criminals in the drug war.
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As we wait for an official update on ‘ZeroZeroZero’ season 2, check out the trailer for season 1!
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