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The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2 - What We Know So Far

Based on Michael Connelly's novel with the same name, Netflix's "The Lincoln Lawyer" has proven to be a hit with the fans, amassing 1.85 billion viewing minutes in its first week of streaming (via Deadline). Building upon the success of the 2011 movie, starring Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Haller, the series is actually based on "The Brass Verdict," a sequel to "The Lincoln Lawyer" novel published in 2008. Manuel Garcia-Rulfo took on the main role in the Netflix project, and his performance was praised by fans and critics alike, with the series amassing a 79% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes

In her USA Today review of "The Lincoln Lawyer" Season 1, Kelly Lawler claimed that "it's the kind of series Netflix should be making all the time." It looks like her voice was heard over at the Netflix headquarters, as the streaming platform confirmed in June 2022 that the legal drama has been renewed for Season 2.

When will The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2 be released?

According to an Instagram post by executive producer and staff writer Michael Connelly — who also happens to be the author of the "The Lincoln Lawyer," the source novel series and inspiration for the Netflix series — Season 2 of the freewheeling legal drama started filming on October 31, 2022. That official cameras-rolling date comes roughly six months after Netflix debuted Season 1 globally, back in May 2022. According to What's On Netflix, that episode drop occurred 18 months after Netflix acquired the rights to the series from ViacomCBS (now part of Paramount), which passed on bringing the show to a broadcast platform in 2020. 

Extrapolating from that past timeline and trajectory, and because it takes a while for writers, producers, crew members, and actors to create an entire season of episodic television, it's probably within the realm of possibility that "The Lincoln Lawyer" Season 2 (which Connelly says will be an adaptation of his novel "The Fifth Witness") won't be available to stream on Netflix until the latter part of 2023.

What is the plot of The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2?

Season 1 of "The Lincoln Lawyer" ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, with Mickey going for a surf while being watched from afar by a mysterious man with a tattoo on his forearm. Careful viewers will be able to connect the dots and realize that he is probably the same man mentioned on the stand by a key witness in Jesus Menendez's case, Glory Days. Menendez, imprisoned for a murder he didn't commit, was freed after Glory testified that Menendez is actually innocent, and the real killer was a man with a tattooed forearm. She doesn't reveal his identity, but seeing as moments later, a man that matches Glory's description is stalking Mickey on the beach, it's safe to assume that Season 2 will follow the fallout of Glory's testimony and reveal the mysterious man's identity. 

We also know that "The Lincoln Lawyer" Season 2 will be based on Connelly's fourth Mickey Haller novel, "The Fifth Witness" (via Netflix). Interestingly enough, the showrunners have decided to skip over the third book in the Haller series, called "The Reversal." The focus of "The Fifth Witness" is the case of Lisa Trammel, a long-time client of Haller's who is accused of murdering a wealthy mortgage broker. With no mention of the Menendez case in "The Fifth Witness," fans can only wonder how Season 2 will tie the two seemingly unrelated plots together.

Who is starring in The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2?

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo will reprise his role as Mickey Haller in Netflix's "The Lincoln Lawyer" Season 2. He will be joined by co-stars Neve Campbell, Jazz Raycole, and Angus Sampson. Becki Newton is also set to make a comeback as Lorna Taylor, Mickey's second ex-wife and legal aide, who was seen applying for law school in Season 1, Episode 10. 

Neve Campbell's inclusion in the cast is bound to raise some eyebrows, as Season 1 ended with her character Maggie McPherson packing up her stuff and leaving her job as a criminal prosecutor. Moreover, in "The Fifth Witness," she still works at the Los Angeles District Attoerney's office, so it will be interesting to see how the show's writers will overcome these contradicting plot points. Departing from the novel's original plot to a certain degree seems like the most likely scenario. 

On October 26, 2022, Deadline reported that Lana Parrilla, most recently starring in "Why Women Kill" and "Once Upon a Time," would join "The Lincoln Lawyer" Season 2. She'll play the recurring role of Lisa Trammell, a long-time associate of Mickey's struggling to keep her restaurant open in the wake of an encroaching real estate developer. Additionally (per Deadline), Yaya DaCosta, late of "Chicago Med" and "Our Kind of People," is set to join the series in Season 2 as Andrea Freeman, a tenacious prosecutor and Mickey's rival who has never lost a case.

Who are the showrunners for The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2

David E. Kelly, the mastermind behind the serialized adaptation of Michael Connelly's Mickey Haller novels will return to "The Lincoln Lawyer" as executive director and co-showrunner. He will be joined by Ted Humphrey, who'll hold the same positions as Kelly, alongside being the show's lead writer. 

Netflix has announced that the showrunners' team will have one more member for "The Lincoln Lawyer" Season 2, as Dailyn Rodriguez (seen above) was confirmed to join the crew as co-showrunner and executive director. She was the showrunner behind USA Network's "Queen of the South", as well as NBC's "The Night Shift." Both of these shows were rather dark in tone and touched upon some pretty serious subjects, including drug trade, abuse, and poverty. 

Judging by her past work, Rodriguez's addition to "The Lincoln Lawyer" team could mean that Netflix's legal drama will take up a more serious undertone. On the other hand, her experience in "The Night Shift" could mean that she was brought in to help the show follow a serialized plot structure, all the while continuing to include self-contained cases that get resolved over the course of one or two episodes.