'Reacher' Ending Explained: Will Season 2 be based on 'Die Trying', the second Jack Reacher novel?
Contains spoilers for 'Reacher'
Quite a few reveals below, but right off the bat, 'Reacher' starts off just as the book it's based on. 'Killing Floor' is the first Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child and the series starts off with the titular character who steps into the quaint, but deadly town of Margrave, Georgia. Reacher's reason for being in town: he recollected that his brother once mentioned a blues musician named Blind Blake and had died at the town. However, he is arrested for a murder he didn't commit and he finds out that it was his brother, Joe.
The series switches a gear soon after where Ritchson's character makes it his life's mission to find Joe's killer. He finds able allies in Roscoe Conklin, a police officer (Willa Fitzgerald), and Oscar Finley (Malcolm Goodwin), an investigative officer who helps him with the conspiracy. Over the course of the episode, it is revealed that the Mayor of the town is embroiled in a series of financial crimes and murders. Their plan: Frame Reacher and Finley.
The eighth episode finally sees things coming to a head where Reacher and the baddies tussle. Cutting to the chase, the Mayor is dead, the henchmen have all been sent to meet their maker and all the corrupt cops are taken care of. While this happens in the present, there are enough flashes of the past that shows Reacher's relationship with his dying mother. The finale sees him bid adieu to the town and even Conklin, who despite being his romantic interest isn't enough to keep him in town.
There's also some mutual friendship between Finley and Reacher that gets some screentime, and oh, he gets to try Georgia's best peach pie. This is followed by a quick visit to his brother's grave where he places the medal his mother gave the sons. Although no one knows where Reacher ends up next, there is no doubt that there will be a sequel in the making.
Will 'Reacher' Season 2 be based on 'Die Trying', Lee Child's second Jack Reacher novel?
Those familiar with the books will know 'Die Trying', the second novel by Lee Child in the 26 Jack Ryan books. We're inclined to agree with the folks from Digital Spy who share the same thoughts that we do. Considering that the pilot series began with the first novel, what if season 2 takes the second book with another eight-episode series. Fair that there would be ample mix and match, but rest assured that there is a Season 2 incoming although there is no official confirmation made by the streaming platform.
'Reacher' ends on a solid note and also has closure. This is very much a template that even John Krasinki's 'Jack Ryan' followed. The second season had a new plotline and expect the same from 'Reacher'.
'Reacher' is available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video.