Reacher season 1 sees Jack Reacher team up with Officer Roscoe Conklin and Chief of Detectives Oscar Finlay, but can they appear in Reacher season 2?
Warning: This contains spoilers for Reacher season 1.
In Reacher season 1, Oscar Finlay and Roscoe Conklin play important roles in the story and the Amazon Original series seems to leave their characters available for future appearances. Reacher is based on Lee Child’s 1997 book Killing Floor, the first novel in the Jack Reacher series, and it’s a fresh adaptation that bears no connection to the previous Tom Cruise movie adaptations. Just three days after season 1 was released in full on Amazon’s Prime Video, Reacher was renewed for season 2.
Amazon’s Reacher TV series, like Killing Floor, opens with Jack Reacher (Alan Ritchson) arriving in the fictional town of Margrave, Georgia in search of the final resting place of the blues musician Blind Blake. Before he can begin his investigation, he is arrested for a murder he can’t have committed and becomes embroiled in a vendetta to take down corruption and a crime ring in the town. He teams up with Officer Roscoe Conklin (Willa Fitzgerald) and Chief of Detectives Oscar Finlay (iZombie‘s Malcolm Goodwin) to take the operation down and says farewell to each of them before he leaves town. Finlay tells him that he plans to move back to Boston, while Roscoe plans to run for mayor and gives Reacher her phone number.
In May 2022, it was revealed that Reacher season 2 will adapt book 11, Bad Luck and Trouble. The decision to jump ahead from books 1 to 11 might seem strange but makes a lot of sense for the change in medium, and if it continues to be successful, it seems likely that Reacher will return to adapt the earlier books. With Reacher season 2 adapting Bad Luck and Trouble, the story will likely focus on Reacher and Neagley (Maria Sten) teaming up with some of their old colleagues from the U.S. Army 110th MP Special Investigation Unit once the remaining unit members begin to be targeted. With book 11 serving as the basis, it is unlikely that Finlay or Roscoe will appear in Reacher season 2.
Why Finlay And Roscoe Won’t Return In Reacher If The Adaptation’s Faithful
Reacher season 1 was a relatively faithful adaptation of the books, and the bittersweet departure from Roscoe is book-accurate, while Finlay stays in Margrave working to rebuild the police department. Despite Reacher receiving Roscoe’s phone number during the Reacher season 1 ending and having strong feelings for her in the book, she is never seen or mentioned again in Lee Child’s book series that now includes more than two dozen tomes. If the series continues to faithfully adapt each book, then there is no reason that Finlay or Roscoe would appear again.
However, Reacher has definitely left the door open for their return if they wanted to tweak the narrative somewhat. While it might be a stretch for Roscoe to appear, as she is set for a political career in a remote town in Georgia, Finlay could easily make a cameo appearance in a later season. Lee Child’s book series sees Jack Reacher travel all around the United States (and sometimes beyond its borders). If one of his adventures takes him through Boston, then Finlay’s Reacher season 1 ending change could mean that the two meet up to work on something, even though Finlay is no longer a member of law enforcement. If Finlay were to return to Reacher it would likely be after season 2. Bad Luck and Trouble will have a large cast of allies, as it features characters from the Special Investigation Unit, so returning characters could contribute to overstuffing. Plus, the story takes place in California, which would be quite a journey for Finlay to make for a measly cameo.
While the series has seemed faithful so far, two changes already made for Reacher suggest that some more characters might appear across multiple seasons. Especially in the early books, Jack Reacher himself is the only major recurring character, which sets a challenge for Reacher to keep a sense of continuity. Reacher season 1 introduced Frances Neagley already, despite her not appearing until book 6, Without Fail and she’s confirmed to return for Reacher season 2. Combined with the decision to adapt the books out of order, it’s clear that the Amazon adaptation of Reacher is willing to make changes to make the series more relatable for viewers. Ultimately, if Reacher and Lee Child were willing to bend the rules to introduce Nealgey early and insert her into the story, there’s no strict guarantee that audiences won’t get to see Reacher work with Finlay and Roscoe once more.
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