More secrets and lies are upon us as Peacock released the trailer and images for Season 2 of One Of Us Is Lying. The eight high school students hope they’ve buried their secret for good. But, when more rumors spread through the school, they find themselves blackmailed.
As seen in the trailer above, it appears that Addy (Annalisa Cochrane) is going to come clean in front of a crowd of fellow students. However, the trailer cuts the scene short, leaving fans holding on to their theories until October 20th.
Following the heart-pounding conclusion of Season One, the Bayview Four have a very deadly secret. In Season Two we’ll see just how far they’ll go to protect their secret, themselves, and each other.
Based on the book by Karen McManus, the plot is deceptively simple: Five students walk into detention; only four come out alive. It’s quickly deduced that the murder of Simon Kelleher — maligned creator of Bayview High’s gossip app About That — could only have been committed by one of the other students in the room.
While the Peacock show hit a lot of the main notes of Karen M. McManus’ book, there were some very significant differences — including the ending. So, viewers who read the novel still got to enjoy the whodunnit of it all when they watched the new series.
“We continue this surprising emotional journey as our kids reckon with the thrill and fear of showing the world who they really are… while hiding a deadly secret and being tortured by the mysterious Simon Says,” Saleh said in a statement. “My greatest hope is that seeing this show will make our young audience feel more seen and less alone – and that it will make them laugh, cry, and scream at the same time.”
Writer, Showrunner and Executive Producer Erica Saleh said the characters were as important to Season 1 as the mystery. With a secret still plaguing them, Saleh hopes to explore the characters further.
“When I first read Karen McManus’s novel, I was surprised and thrilled by the mystery. But what I really fell in love with, what made me want to make this show, were the characters. On its surface, One of Us is Lying is a murder mystery, and that part is thrilling to write and (I hope!) thrilling to watch. But, at its heart, this is a character drama about teenagers growing up and finding their way to live more authentic, honest lives. In the first season our heroes began as high school archetypes straight out of The Breakfast Club: The Nerd, The Jock, The Beauty, and The Bad Boy. But after witnessing a classmate die and becoming suspects in his murder, they were forced to become more honest about who they are and what they want. Over the course of the season we peeled back the layers and revealed the real, complex kids fighting to break free of these clichés. Our heroes stood up to their controlling parents, came out of the closet, left toxic relationships, dealt with the stresses of college applications… and, yes, solved a murder. In Season Two, we continue this surprising emotional journey as our kids reckon with the thrill and fear of showing the world who they really are… while hiding a deadly secret and being tortured by the mysterious Simon Says. And we have a ton of juicy, soapy fun while we do it!
The most important thing to me in writing a show for teenage audiences, is to put smart, complex, authentic characters on screen, and to take their emotions seriously. Being a teenager is thrilling, and it’s also terrifying. Figuring out who you are, and what you want is confusing and it can feel so so lonely. My greatest hope is that seeing this show will make our young audience feel more seen and less alone – and that it will make them laugh, cry, and scream at the same time. Luckily, these characters are brought to life by an ensemble of breakout stars and we are so excited for more viewers to discover this absurdly talented and gorgeous cast, and fall in love with them, as we have.”
Check out the gallery below for a closer look at season 2 images.