In Series 2, Jim Hogan (Adrian Dunbar) finds that his eldest daughter Fiona Crowley (Gràinne Keenan, Victoria, The Foreigner) is ailing, slowly succumbing to the same debilitating illness that afflicted her mother. Jim’s determined efforts to make amends and help his ailing family only seem to add to their grief, and things worsen when he stumbles upon suspicious activity at the farm where his son-in law Paul (Ian Lloyd Anderson, Love/Hate) works. When Fiona’s car veers off the road and crashes into a canal, a disturbing discovery is found. As the police start investigating, shocking secrets emerge that deepen the rift within the family and derail Jim’s chance at a fresh start.

What We Thought:

I had forgotten how the first season of Blood had ended so I was a bit confused when starting season two, but it does flashback and fill in the blanks enough to remind me. If you haven’t seen the first season, you can still watching Blood: Series 2 because although the characters are the same, the overall story is relatively new and you won’t be overly confused by the end and won’t struggle trying to remember what happened.

The first season dealt with the dad Jim (Adrian Dunbar) being accused of killing his wife by his daughter Cat because she didn’t believe her mom died accidentally. She also tries to piece together issues from her past. Well season 2 Cat doesn’t show up until a few episodes in and isn’t the lead. Jim moves in with his other daughter, her husband and two kids. The husband helps out on a horse farm while his wife is dying from a disease.

The timeline jumps around at first and you don’t realize that most of what you’re watching already happened and that the “mystery” being solved is the current time frame. You’re not even quite sure what crime is trying to be solved at first and there is a lot going on. Paul (the son-in-law) and Jim find out the farm owner’s son is selling drugs and get in over their heads. Fiona (his wife) has her own secrets. As the children’s First Holy Communion approaches more secrets and clues come forward.

At six episodes it’s a pretty quick binge. They explain everything by the end and it’s such a different overall story it almost feels like a different show. People talk about Jim because they think he killed his wife (the first season) and Cat is distant to him in the 2 or 3 episodes she’s in, but this story relies on its own narrative. If you liked the first season you’ll like Blood: Series 2. If you haven’t seen it, try it or just jump right into Series 2.

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