The series focuses on FBI agent Emily Byrne, who disappears without a trace and is declared dead after hunting one of Boston’s most notorious serial killer. Six years pass and to everyone’s surprise, Emily is found in a cabin in the woods, barely alive and with no memory of the years she’s been declared missing. Emily returns home to learn her husband has remarried, her son was being raised by another woman and soon finds herself implicated in a new series of murder.
Vernon Sanders, Co-Head of Television, Amazon Studios, released a statement saying:
Absentia really resonated with our Prime Video audience who were enthralled by the thrilling storyline and complicated characters. Stana Katic is immensely talented and we look forward to her peeling away the layers of a twisted conspiracy that is deeper than her character Emily could have ever imagined in season two.
Marie Jacobson, EVP, Programming & Production, Sony Pictures Television Networks, added:
From its inception on Sony’s international networks, Absentia has been a hit with global audiences. We’re thrilled to push our story forward into season two and couldn’t ask for a better home than Amazon for our signature Sony Networks series.
The second season will see Emily struggling for a tenuous new normal with son Flynn and ex-husbad Nick after the events of the first season. But soon her obsessive investigation into the questions that haunt her uncovers a serial killer and a spiralling conspiracy that threatens more than just her family. The series is currently shooting in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The report also states that Matthew Le Nevez and Natasha Little will be joining the cast for season 2. Matthew Le Nevez (whose credits include Offspring and The Widow) will be playing the role of Cal Isaac, a rugged ex-Navy SEAL with a disarmingly upbeat disposition. Cal’s familiar with the demons that chase Emily (Katic) and proves to be a loyal and sympathetic counterpart to the series heroine. Natasha Little (whose credits include Press and The Night Manager) will be playing the role of Special Agent Julianne Gunnarsen, an accomplished, enigmatic and beautiful FBI Profiler with a chilly efficiency who joins the ranks of the Boston FBI Field Office after a deadly terrorist attack rocks the city.
The second season of Absentia stars Stana Katic, Patrick Heusinger, Cara Theobold, Neil Jackson, Angel Bonanni, Paul Freeman and Patrick McAuley.