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The first season of AMC's series adaptation of Joe Hill's NOS4A2 covered a lot of ground from the book, but expanded on the characters and mythology, too. It also left audiences with quite the cliffhanger as the baddie of the show, Charlie Manx (Zachary Quinto), was apparently awakened from his coma to presumably terrorize more children by stealing their souls.
Season 2 begins June 21 with 10 fresh episodes that pit heroine Victoria "Vic" McQueen (Ashleigh Cummings) versus Manx in another round of good versus evil. But hold the holly, because showrunner/executive producer Jami O'Brien is ready to dish about how Season 2 isn't going to be that cut and dried.
In the featurette below, fans spy new footage and interviews with O'Brien, Cummings, Quinto, and more of the ensemble cast as they present a primer on what to expect from Christmasland and more ....
**SPOILER WARNING: Spoilers for Season 2 of N0S4A2 below**
If you're a fan of Hill's source material, you'll recognize that Season 2 actually opens up like the book does, with the seemingly immortal Charlie Manx waking from a coma. This was always a complicated book to adapt because of its shifting timelines between 1986, 2008, and 2012, and showrunner O'Brien chose to address it by mostly siloing the time frames into their own seasons. Season 1 was primarily set in the 1986 book narrative, and now Season 2 will have an eight-year time jump into the future and tell the 2012 narrative from the book.
Season 2 is also looking to be the story of the progeny of Vic and Manx. Vic's son, Bruce Wayne Carmody, and Manx's favorite child, Millie (Mattea Conforti), both are the emotional conduits to their parent's more exploitable weaknesses.
Per the footage revealed, it looks like where the book and series will diverge a lot this season will be in getting to see how Manx filled some of his 100-plus years before he was wooing children to Christmasland, or vexing Vic. We're guessing Quinto appreciates not having to sit in the makeup chair as extensively as he did in Season 1, and it certainly promises to give us some perspective on how Manx became such a tortured creature.
We also get a look at how supporting characters Margaret "Maggie" Leigh (Jahkara J. Smith) and Bing Partridge (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) factor into the broader story this season.
To find out how all of the book and TV storylines will merge, diverge, and distinguish themselves even more in Season 2, catch NOS4A2 Season 2 when it drops June 21 on AMC.