The Tourist Season 2 Coming to Netflix Much Sooner Than We Thought

The Tourist Season 2 Coming to Netflix Much Sooner Than We Thought
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The popular thriller-drama will soon be returning to the small screens of Netflix subscribers.


  • The first season of The Tourist was released in the US three months after it premiered in the UK and Australia, so it was expected that Season 2 would premiere in the US after the same amount of time.
  • The situation could theoretically have been complicated by the fact that distribution rights in the States were given to Netflix.
  • Nevertheless, fans of The Tourist can rest assured that Season 2 will be available on Netflix as early as the end of February.

Not long ago, Netflix's library was enriched with a new series starring Jamie Dornan, a favorite of many who became famous for his chilling performance as serial killer Paul Spector in The Fall. The show is called The Tourist, and it is technically not new at all, as it originally premiered on BBC One in the UK and on Stan in Australia, and then three months later on HBO Max in the US. Except that HBO decided to drop the rights to the series, which was successfully picked up by Netflix.

Surely, after watching the first season, you are eager to find out the real identity of Dornan's character and what dangers await him this time around. Luckily, we won't have to wait long, because The Tourist Season 2 is coming to Netflix sooner than you think - as early as the end of this month!

What Is This Show Even About?

The story follows an unnamed man (and therefore initially referred to simply as 'The Man'), portrayed by Dornan. After his car is run over by a semi-truck for unknown reasons somewhere in the Australian Outback, the man regains consciousness in a small town hospital. He suddenly realizes he can't remember anything and is suffering from amnesia, and as he tries to figure out his true identity, he faces attempts to kill him.

Along with this comes the storyline of Helen Chambers, played by Danielle Macdonald, whose character is incredibly reminiscent of Deputy Molly Solverson from the first season of Fargo. Seeing The Man, Helen is reluctant and suspicious at first, but then realizes she has nothing to lose since she's had to deal with a lifetime of pressure over her appearance. As such, she decides to help The Man find out who he really is.

The show was created by the writer/producer duo of brothers Harry and Jack Williams, who previously worked on the excellent British mystery thriller The Missing and executive produced Fleabag.

The first season was an instant hit with British viewers, becoming one of the most-watched shows in the UK in 2022.

When Will the Tourist Season 2 Be Available to Netflix Subscribers?

But back to Netflix! If you are reading this article in the UK or Australia, you can safely skip it, as in both countries the series is available on the aforementioned networks from January 1, 2024. As for the US, you won't have to wait about three months as in the case of HBO — Season 2 will be released at the end of this month, on February 29. Like the first season, the second season will consist of six episodes.

What's in Store for Us in the New Season?

'I'm incredibly excited to continue the story with The Tourist,' Jamie Dornan told Variety back in 2023. 'Harry and Jack Williams are brilliant writers, and I can't wait for audiences to see how well Ireland and its characters are utilised to keep them guessing as the tale progresses…'

The upcoming second season will take Dornan and Macdonald's characters to Ireland to further search for the former's identity, where he will face the dangerous consequences of his past self's actions.

Reflecting on Season 2, the Williams brothers themselves said it was a great honor to renew the series due to its immense popularity.

'The Tourist was unlike anything we'd written before and we're hugely grateful for the incredible response to series one,' the creators said. 'It's been an exciting journey getting stuck into that world again with the quirky characters that were so loved, and seeing where we could take them next, whilst continuing to deliver a tonally unique and off-beat drama.'

Source: Variety.