Another season of Tom Hardy’s Taboo is on the way.
FX and BBC One, which produced the series’ first season, have picked up the gritty period drama for an eight-episode second season, EW has confirmed.
Created by Steven Knight, Hardy, and his father Chips, the show’s 1814-set first season followed James Keziah Delaney (Tom Hardy), the heir to a British shipping empire who returns to London after 14 years away to save his recently-deceased father’s legacy. The season finale, which aired on FX in February, set the show on a completely different course as it ended with Delaney setting off for America. (Read the entire season 1 finale recap, here.)
“We’re thrilled people want to know what happens next and that the BBC and FX are up for more adventures with the devil Delaney and the league of the damned,” executive producer Ridley Scott said in a statement. “Along with our international distributors, Sonar Entertainment, the BBC and FX have been great partners, supporting Taboo at every stage so it could be the dark, dirty brute of a drama that it is.”
When EW spoke to Knight and Hardy about the finale, both men were very confident about getting a second season. “In my mind, explosive stuff is going to happen, which will be great, should it happen,” said Knight about season 2 before the official pick up. “There’s a great destination for it.” Hardy added, “We’re onto the next stage. The key really is Colonnade. When he says, ‘We are Americans,’ James is very ambiguous with how much information he’s going to give. In his mind, you will know when the time is right.”
Taboo is executive produced by Ridley Scott and Kate Crowe for Scott Free Films, Hardy and Dean Baker for Hardy Son & Baker, and Knight. It’s produced by Scott Free Films and Hardy Son & Baker for FX and BBC One with Sonar Entertainment distributing outside the UK.