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The Chestnut Man Season 2 - What We Know So Far

Contains spoilers for "The Chestnut Man" Season 1

Netflix's "The Chestnut Man" is a part of the streaming platform's Netflix Nordic output, and the creepy, Danish Nordic Noir series is a perfect example of its genre. The show offers scary dolls, missing limbs, and gripping murder mysteries galore, and the whole thing is made all the more unnerving by the way the show often replaces the genre's usual, gloomy colors with an almost inappropriately beautiful backdrop of bright fall colors.  

The six episodes of "The Chestnut Man" Season 1 introduces us to two enticing Copenhagen cops, talented desk job wannabe Naia Thulin (Danica Curcic) and tormented Mark Hess (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard), who are paired to investigate what turns out to be a pretty complex serial killer case that involves high-ranking politician Rosa Hartung (Iben Dorner) and her long-lost daughter. Fans of great murder mysteries have likely either already finished the show or placed it on their Netflix queue, so it's easy to wonder whether there will be any more episodes in store. Let's see what we know about the status of "The Chestnut Man" Season 2.

What is the release date of The Chestnut Man season 2?

"The Chestnut Man" Season 1 premiered on September 29, and Netflix understandably didn't renew a foreign-language crime show before seeing how the first season fares. That's why there's no information when the second season premieres, or, for that matter, whether there will be one in the first place.

That being said, there are never too many Nordic Noir crime shows with strong female leads, and outlets like Forbes are already comparing "The Chestnut Man" to "The Killing," which is arguably the gold standard of the genre. Since shows like this aren't too expensive to make, and "The Chestnut Man" is clearly earning plaudits, there's no reason why the streamer wouldn't order another season of thrilling Danish murder investigations, at least provided the first one does well enough. 

Assuming that "The Chestnut Man" Season 2 gets the green light, the production cycle of a police procedural tends to take a year, give or take — so the new season would likely premiere sometime in late 2022, or perhaps even early 2023. 

Who's in the cast of The Chestnut Man season 2?

"The Chestnut Man" Season 2, should it happen, will likely shuffle the cast quite a bit, solely because the titular case is pretty much solved, and it's hard to see a way for the survivors of the case back in the fray. As such, expect a brand new case with brand new suspects — and brand new actors playing them.

In all likelihood, there will be returning faces, too. The police officers who investigated the Chestnut Man case will probably be the focal point of future seasons, too. Danica Curcic and Mikkel Boe Følsgaard are far and away the most likely actors to return, as Naia Thulin and Mark Hess are assigned to find the next villain terrorizing Copenhagen. Some other police characters might return, as well. 

Unfortunately, the Chestnut Man himself is very unlikely to come back for "The Chestnut Man" Season 2. Simon Genz, aka Toke Bering, is a complex and terrifying villain, and David Dencic portrays him perfectly. However, the character doesn't survive Season 1. Because of her personal connection to the killer, Rosa Hartung (Iben Dorner) may also have left the show behind.

What's the plot of The Chestnut Man season 2?

With the Chestnut Man case now well and truly solved, "The Chestnut Man" Season 2 will likely focus on a completely new crime investigation. Even if the show chooses to tread familiar ground and focus on a new case that's somehow connected to the Chestnut Man, chances are it'll still be different enough to keep things fresh. Perhaps something involving Linus Bekker (Elliott Crosset Howe), the unstable man falsely committed for some of Simon's crimes? 

Until news of a new season and its possible premise arrives, there's no telling just where a sophomore season would take "The Chestnut Man," though it's probably safe to say that the show isn't all that likely to stray from the first season's highly effective serial murder mystery structure. It's also a pretty safe bet to guess that a new season would explore the nascent romance between Thulin and Hess, which was all but confirmed in season 1.