Cinemax has announced that Emmy-winning crime drama Banshee has been renewed for a third season, scheduled to debut in 2015. The series is currently three episodes into a 10-episode second season, the same amount of time for a second season to be renewed this time last year. Presumably, Banshee‘s third season will again have 10 episodes and premiere within the first two weeks of next January.
Banshee has been a strong win for Cinemax, generating buzz, drawing solid ratings, and aligning itself to become the channel mainstay that Strike Back became upon its breakout. While Cinemax has yet to match up with premium power players HBO and Showtime, it’s well on its way to building a reputation as the home for exciting programming with the type of edge that cannot be found anywhere else. The network’s next original scripted series will be 10-episode medical drama The Knick, to star Clive Owen and premiere sometime this coming summer.
Created by Alan Ball (True Blood), Banshee stars Antony Starr as Lucas Hood, an ex-con who manipulates his way into becoming the sheriff of Banshee, Pennsylvania, a rural town deep in the heart of Amish country. Once there, he finds that his former partner-in-crime Carrie (Ivana Milicevic) has also sought refuge in the town, only in her case, she’s trying to go legitimate by marrying the Banshee prosecutor and having children. Soon enough, though, figures from Lucas’ and Carrie’s past begin hunting them down and the two will have to do whatever it takes to protect themselves and the ones they love.
Banshee airs Fridays at 10:00 on Cinemax. You can check out the full second season premiere below.
Have you been watching Banshee this season? How do you think season two compares to the show’s first season? What do you hope to see happen during the third season next year?