Evil looms for the Turners in Season 2 of Apple’s ‘Servant’

'Servant' – Season 2 gets even darker

Lauren Ambrose, Rupert Grint and Toby Kebbell (from left) star in “Servant,” which begins streaming its second season Friday on Apple TV+.

Fans of “Servant” will see a new but not necessarily improved Dorothy Turner as the Apple TV+ psychological thriller opens Season 2.

Kicking off Friday, Jan. 15, the 10-episode sophomore round picks up right after the events of Season 1 and finds the Philadelphia TV reporter played by Lauren Ambrose in a panic as she realizes baby Jericho is gone and the therapy doll that she had come to accept as the real thing in the wake of the actual infant’s death is indeed just that – a doll.

Beside herself with anger and fear, she chides her chef husband Sean (Toby Kebbell) – who had been going along with the charade to protect his wife from her own overwhelming grief – to do something, anything, to find their child. And like that, the formerly delusional mom regains her grip on reality and her assertiveness. Or so it would appear.

“She doesn’t really like the way she’s being treated,” explains Ambrose, “and she doesn’t really like the way that people are going about this sort of lazy way of figuring it out. And she kind of thinks she’s being lied to and sort of grabs the reins and takes control in her very flawed and often misguided way (and) decides she’s going to solve this mystery. And that turns into criminality and to ragefulness and so it’s a totally different story for this character.”

The new season promises to get even darker and stranger as nanny Leanne (Nell Tiger Free) returns to the Turners’ Philly brownstone and her true nature is revealed. And while details on Season 2 were scant, it’s safe to say that the future for Dorothy, Sean, Leanne and Dorothy’s uber-skeptical brother Julian (Rupert Grint) isn’t looking all that bright either. This is, after all, an M. Night Shyamalan production.

“I feel like Season 2 deepens our relationship with the Turners,” Ambrose says. “And what I enjoy is the constant mystery of what is reality versus what is perception, and what is supernatural and what is easily explained in the real world. And that question keeps coming up for the characters and I think for the viewers as well and maybe even shifts depending on who you are when you’re watching it. So I think that makes it really fun to watch.”

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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