American Rust Season 2: Renewed or Canceled?

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Based on the 2009 critically-acclaimed namesake novel by Philipp Meyer, ‘American Rust’ offers an earnest depiction of a Rust Belt town riddled with economic disintegration and the opioid crisis. Del Harris is the police chief of the fictional town of Buell. After the son of the woman he is in love with is arrested for murdering a former police officer, Harris desperately attempts to prove the youth’s innocence.

Following its premiere, ‘American Rust’ mainly received mixed to negative reviews, but the audience response to the show has been favorable. The viewers love the show’s depictions of some of the glaring issues plaguing American society. If you have watched the show’s first season and are wondering whether there will be a season 2, we got you covered.

American Rust Season 2 Release Date

‘American Rust’ season 1 premiered on September 12, 2021, on Showtime and aired nine episodes before concluding on November 7, 2021. The series was originally slated to be developed for USA Network, but the project was canceled in January 2018 as the creators couldn’t find an actor to portray Del Harris convincingly. This was, of course, a while before Jeff Daniels was cast in that role.

As for season 2, this is what we know. Neither the Showtime executives nor the show creators have officially made any statement confirming the development of a season 2. As mentioned above, the series is developed from a novel of the same name, which is a standalone work. So, after the first season is done with telling the story it wants to tell, no source material is available from which future seasons can be developed. However, ‘American Rust’ wouldn’t be the first show to do that if they decide to go that way, and they wouldn’t be last. Shows like ‘Dexter,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ and ’13 Reasons Why’ have already done this to varying degrees of success.

Season 1 of ‘American Rust’ ends abruptly, with almost none of the major plotlines reaching a palpable conclusion. Evidently, the creators were hoping for a second season, but the abysmal ratings that the first season has received (average viewership of less than 0.3 million) is quite discouraging. Despite this, there is always a chance that the network might decide to be patient with the series and give it an opportunity to redeem itself by greenlighting another season. If the show is renewed within the next few months, the audience can expect ‘American Rust’ season 2 to come out sometime in late early 2023.

American Rust season 2 Cast: Who Can Be in It?

Aside from Daniels, ‘American Rust’ stars Maura Tierney (Grace Poe), Alex Neustaedter (Billy Poe), David Alvarez (Isaac English), Julia Mayorga (Lee English), Rob Yang (Deputy Steve Park), Bill Camp (Henry English), Mark Pellegrino (Virgil Poe), William Apps (Bobby Jesus), Zenzi Williams (Bethany), and Dallas Roberts (Jackson Berg).

Camp, Apps, and Roberts will not return for the prospective season 2 as their characters are dead, except maybe in flashback scenes. The rest of the cast will probably reprise their roles.

American Rust season 2 Plot: What Can It Be About?

In ‘American Rust’ season 1 finale, Harris goes to the cabin where Bobby has been hiding and kills him, Jackson, and Bobby’s 87-year-old second cousin. Hoping to free his daughter of her responsibilities towards him, Henry takes too many of his pills and dies. Billy is released in the general population and is subsequently beaten up by the Aryans. Virgil implies to Harris that the latter has been manipulated by Grace. Isaac returns and tries to surrender with the murder weapon, a wrench, but Harris instructs him to put the wrench back into his pocket and not speak about it to anyone again.

In the prospective season 2, Deluca might find Billy’s jacket, which Harris hid in the mill, and reopen the investigation. The Pittsburgh detectives will reveal their real reason for coming to Buell. Lee will decide whether to stay in Buell or leave, now that her father is dead. She might reunite with her brother. Billy will recover and might even return home at one point. Harris’ relationship with Grace will now suffer as the former has realized that he was manipulated.

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