Although the viewers both hoped and kinda suspected, Prodigal Son has been officially renewed for a second season with Ainsley (Holston Sage) taking center stage in the teaser that was released on Thursday. Ainsley did what Bright (Tom Payne) didn't have the nerve to do: murder Endicott (Dermot Mulroney), the man responsible for hurting so many people including her family. For the upcoming season, we're getting references to Ainsley as the fallen or "bad angel" going to Hell. What will Hell look like for her? Prison or a psychiatric facility, sharing some space with her dear old dad? Clearly "like father, like daughter" but is she prepared to embrace her new taste for blood and give over to "The Surgeon's" way of handling matters, or find the "good little angel" inside?
She has primarily been a behind-the-scenes character, not getting much screen time through much of the first season. But with a new season ahead, will she take the lead and steal her brother's spotlight? I'd like to see something interesting unravel there and not have it turn in to Jessica (Bellamy Young) saving her daughter with an army of lawyers. Interesting that the season premiere teaser (I can't believe we have to wait until 2021) focuses on Ainsley and Martin aka Dr. Whitly aka "The Surgeon" (Michael Sheen), giving us the impression that the father/son focus will now shift to a father/daughter one. I'm just not convinced yet that the show can sustain itself on that as its central plot. I am looking forward to seeing more previews, focusing on Martin, Bright, Jessica, and Gil (Lou Diamond Phillips). Of course, that's assuming (we hope) he makes it out of surgery with minimal complications.
With a second season still some time away, I'm hoping the wait will be worth it and filled with mind-blowing teasers followed by a season overflowing with wicked homicides. FOX's Prodigal Son never failed to bring the uniquely bloody, gory, and bizarre, so I'm looking for the second season to stick to its MO and get more creative with the psychopathology behind the individual characters, the Whitly family's unique dynamic overall, and (of course) possible newcomer to the serial killing profession. Time to make your father proud, Ainsley.