The thing about a limited series like Behind Her Eyes is that the term “limited” may be interpreted in a variety of ways. Producers may aim for a show to run for only one season, but if it proves to be extremely popular, any imagined limitations are thrown out the window, and the show can run eternally.
Things can get awkward if season 1 neatly ties up all the loose ends, but this also provides viewers a fresh reason to tune in for season 2: to see if the program can maintain its momentum (see: Big Little Lies). This is especially true when a TV show is adapted from a novel, as Netflix’s Behind Her Eyes is doing right now.
The series, based on Sarah Pinbrough’s book of the same name, used a near-Day Valentine’s premiere to become Netflix’s most popular show, serving consumers a classic psychological thriller with all the necessary ingredients.
The show begins with a drunken kiss between single mother Louise (Simona Brown) and a man who later turns out to be her new boss, David (Tom Bateman). Louise befriends David’s wife, Adele (Eve Hewson), against her better judgment, and things become even more complicated when Louise and David begin a full-fledged affair.
The season 1 conclusion of Behind Her Eyes took a strange turn when Louise discovered that “Adele” is actually Adele’s old friend Rob, who can project his consciousness into Adele’s body.
Louise discovers this power on her own, and it completely changes the course of the story. If Behind Her Eyes is renewed for a second season, it will be very different from the first. Here’s all we know for sure regarding a probable follow-up.
When will the second season of Behind Her Eyes be released?
It’s worth noting that Netflix hasn’t said whether or not Behind Her Eyes will be renewed for a second season, and this assumption is entirely based on the show’s popularity.
According to The Numbers, it was the No. 2 most popular title on Netflix in the United States at the end of February, and the most popular series. Because the globe has been so upended recently, it’s uncertain when Netflix will order a second season or when it will be released.
Season 1 was shot over the course of four months (through What’s on Netflix), from June to October 2019, and debuted 16 months later, in February 2021. If the same timeframe remains true, the second season will premiere in late 2022.
Keep in mind that the four-month production period was before to COVID-19; given how much the pandemic impacted film and television productions, season 1’s production schedule may not be a good predictor of what to expect in season 2.
Who will star in the second season of Behind Her Eyes?
Assuming Behind Her Eyes doesn’t pursue an anthology-style approach like American Horror Story and instead continues the story of Louise, David, and Adele, the majority of the cast should return for a second season.
However, with all of the astral projection and bodily change, it may be difficult to discern who is who. Because Adele’s physical body dies in the season 1 finale, it’s doubtful that actress Eve Hewson will reprise her role exactly as she did previously.
Rob has been possessing Adele’s body for years, thus the Adele viewers meet was never actually Adele. Still, given how heavily flashbacks were used in season 1, we’re not ready to rule out Eve Hewson‘s entrance just yet.
Brown, Bateman, and young Tyler Howett could return because Louise, David, and Louise’s son Adam all survived. Rob’s actor, Robert Aramayo, may return, but only in flashbacks, as his character’s physical body perished years ago.
What is the plot of season 2 of Behind Her Eyes?
Because the first season had a solid finale, it’s tough to predict what the plot of a second season of Behind Her Eyes might be like, but there may still be area for season two to explore. Louise discovers at the end of season one that Rob has not only always loved David, but that he has also projected his consciousness into Adele’s body, and that “Adele” has been Rob all along.
When Louise realizes this, Rob transfers his consciousness into her body, and Louise’s consciousness into Adele’s. Louise-in-Adele’s-body is killed by Rob-in-Louise’s-body, and Rob then takes over Louise’s life, marrying David and raising Adam. Although David is ignorant that Louise is actually Rob, by the conclusion of the season, Adam begins to believe something is wrong with his mother.
Season two may begin up where the first left off, but it’s still tough to fathom how it would play out. Would the show truly strive to make the audience sympathize with Rob as he tries to deceive David and Adam now that Louise-the-character is effectively dead?