'Prodigal Son' - Everything you need to know about Season 2

Tom Payne and Martin Sheen in 'Prodigal Son'
Tom Payne and Martin Sheen in 'Prodigal Son' (Image credit: FOX)

Prodigal Son is back with a second season on FOX after keeping fans waiting more than a year since Season 1 aired. Fans of the show will remember that The Walking Dead star Tom Payne plays Malcolm Bright, the son of a notorious 90s serial killer who was dubbed 'The Surgeon'. But instead of following his father down a criminal path, Malcolm put everything he learned from his childhood into becoming a talented criminal psychologist. 

Season 1 - a 20-part series which earned rave reviews - saw Malcolm using everything his father taught him to solve crimes in New York City, tracking down killers just like his father. But while he is currently busy working on the right side of the law, there is always the deadly chance that his father's bloodlust could run in the family. 

When will 'Prodigal Son' Season 2 premier?

Season 2 of Prodigal Son will air on FOX on January 12th. The episodes will then air the following day on Hulu. Season 1 of Prodigal Son first aired on September 23 2019, and it was thought the second season could arrive for the same time of year in 2020. However, due to a delay in production like with many TV shows following the coronavirus pandemic the series is only just arriving on screen now.

Back in September last year Tom Payne told BT: "We start filming in October, but we've got to figure out how we're going to get there. [My fiancee] Jennifer wants to drive maybe because she's not sure about flying, but then driving it's like 'What do we do on the way? Do we stop?' It's a whole journey across America that has to happen before we can start shooting again. We're all having [coronavirus] tests wherever we are coming from, and then we'll travel and then we'll have another test and quarantine for a couple of weeks."

FOX is available on most every major streaming service in the United States. Our recommendation is to check out FuboTV. In addition to local Fox networks (in most markets - be sure to double check with your area before signing up), FuboTV has a competitive list of channels, as well as premium add-ons. And it's even better if you're a sports fan, with options for international events that you can't find anywhere else.

FuboTV starts at $59.99 a month the most basic package of 95 channels, and you can build things up from there.

How to watch 'Prodigal Son' Season 2 anywhere in the world

If you're not in your usual Fox viewing market and still want to watch Prodigal Son Season 2, a VPN might be just the thing you need. A VPN allows your network traffic to flow through a specific set of servers in a specific country. So if you want to watch Fox in the U.S., you can watch Fox in the U.S.

The only catch is you need to be able to trust your VPN provider, because all of your network traffic — encrypted and unencrypted alike — will be flowing through it. For that, we've long been fans of ExpressVPN.


ExpressVPN is one of the easiest and affordable ways to watch what you want from anywhere you want to watch it. Plus it'll help keep your network traffic away from any prying eyes on public networks.

And it's a great way to watch Prodigal Son from anywhere in the world.

What is the plot of the new season of 'Prodigal Son'?

Season 2 of Prodigal Son will see the show delve deeper into Malcolm's mind, exploring whether evil can be inherited, but it has also been hinted that Malcolm is hiding a huge secret of his own... something that only his evil father can help him with. The new season will also explore the childhood of Malcolm's sister Ainsley Whitly, and whether she is also hiding secret killer tendencies have have been passed on through her father's DNA. 

While exact details of Malcolm's secret are being kept tightly under wraps, one thing is for sure, Season 2 will reference the coronavirus pandemic. Tom Payne told BT: "In some ways it's a kind of gift because it's something that the whole world understands, we don't have to introduce that to the world. This is something that everyone gets, it happened, we have to reference it. Unfortunately there are still crime scenes happening in this world right now, and I think Michael [Sheen]'s character, as a doctor, would be intrigued by the whole thing. It would be foolish and almost impossible to ignore it. It is kind of a cool thing that characters on the show are dealing with what people in real life are dealing with.

"I haven't seen the script, but there was something I was quite excited about happening in Season 1, and I was like 'Well this has to happen at some point in Season 2'. I'm not going to reveal what it is, but there was an un-utilised part of Malcom's apartment, and I text one of the writers and said 'It would be great if this happened' and they said 'You mean in episode 1 of Season 2?!' and he sent me the page in the script where this sequence was happening. It's so fun, I'm so excited to get into it."

Who stars in 'Prodigal Son'?

Fans will be pleased to know the cast of Prodigal Son in Season 2 won't change hugely from Season 1. The core characters will stay the same, with many familiar faces returning including... 

  • Michael Sheen as 90s serial killer Dr Martin Whitly
  • Tom Payne as Malcolm Bright
  • Lou Diamond Phillups as Gil Arroyo
  • Aurora Perrineau as Det. Dani Powel
  • Halston Sage as Ainsley Whitly 
  • Bellamy Young as Jessica Whitly 
  • Frank Harts as Det. JT Tarmel
  • Keiko Agena as Dr Edrisa Tanaka 

Catherine Zeta-Jones joins the cast in Season 2 as Dr. Vivian Capshaw, a resident medical doctor at the Claremont Psychiatric Hospital. 

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.