Kyle Chandler and Ben Mendelsohn in Bloodline

[We’re about to spoil season one of Bloodline, so read no further if you’d like to stay in the dark about how that story goes. Or, better yet, go watch it right now, because it’s a good show.]

Fans of Netflix’s dark family drama Bloodline might be surprised to learn Ben Mendelsohn, who plays black sheep Danny Rayburn, will be coming back for season two. And executive producer Glenn Kessler understands that surprise, seeing as how Danny was killed by his brother John (Kyle Chandler) at the end of season one. Speaking at the TCA press tour in Beverly Hills, Kessler explained that it was always the plan to keep Mendelsohn around for season two, Emmy nominations or no.

“The DNA of the show is such that the past is always with us. We’re going to learn more about Danny’s effect on the family and more about his past, and also what his effects are in the present day. There’s a very important story that we’re interested in telling that includes [Danny]…that was always part of the plan. When we first hired him, it was for more than the first season.”


Perhaps this means season two will be even more rife with flashbacks than the first one, as a way to give Mendelsohn some serious screen time. Then again, let’s not forget how Danny was haunted by his dead sister—perhaps John is due for some visits from the ghost of brothers past. Or maybe they’ll just dress up Mendelsohn in a white sheet and chains, and have him wander around the beachfront property, moaning. Yeah, probably that last one.

[Via TVLine]