Richard Madden and We Agree: David Budd Needs a Vacation Before Season 2 of Bodyguard

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BBC One and Netflix had an unexpected hit on their hands last year when Bodyguard starring Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes aired to rousing and tremendous success. While the BBC has yet to commission a second season of the Jed Mercurio drama, fans are hoping that a season two will happen. And, honestly, so is Mercurio and Madden themselves. (And Hawes as well, because who really thinks that Julia Montague is dead? Anyone? Didn’t think so.)

However, despite the reception of the series, Madden thinks that David Budd, his tragic war veteran turned personal protection officer character, needs a vacation first.

“A couple of things. You cannot jump into it. David Budd definitely needs a vacation after that. He’s not going to go back to work, is he?

“And also he’s the most famous man in London because of what happens at the end of episode six. He couldn’t just go straight back into work.”

For those of you who haven’t seen the show, Budd spends a majority of episode six walking around London with a bomb strapped to his chest.

Madden went on to say,  “And me and Jed both agree that there’s something much more interesting in, ‘Let’s catch up with him 18 months later, two years later after this has happened and say where is he now? What’s happened to him?’”

Mercurio has been vocal about the fact that season two of the hit series is only in talks and that there are a lot of logistics to attend to first. In a previous interview with Deadline, Mercurio said, “It would be great if there was a second season. We’d love to do more. We appreciate there’s a real hunger from fans to watch it. There are a lot of logistics in terms of setting up a second season and we’re just working through those.”

Do logistics include the possibility that Julia is alive and well? Maybe. It’s a popular fan theory that Julia faked her death, or rather her death was faked for her. (That’s my opinion. Her ex-husband was a real weasel.) The BBC added to the speculation in March when Red Nose Day spoofed Bodyguard in a clip.

In the clip, Julia’s found hiding in the trunk of her bodyguard’s car, before asking, “Do you know if I’m in series two?”

Madden, as Budd, bluntly replies, “You’re dead,” before Hawes cryptically replies, “Am I?”

In April, Mercurio also told Digital Spy that he almost kept Julia alive. As it is, David and the audience never see Julia’s body, a fact Mercurio, in the same interview, points out, at length.

He says, “Try [sic] getting into an operating theatre, it’s not easy. So it felt like if we were staying true to the idea that it was David Budd’s point of view, there was no circumstance in which he would be allowed in.

“So, what we created was a sense of him observing the news being given, and then it kind of plays on his mind about whether – firstly that he’s been excluded from that moment and he feels tremendous responsibility for it, but then, yes, it also opens up that other possibility, which is: he hasn’t seen the body.

“It’s not so much that the audience hasn’t, it’s that David Budd hasn’t seen the body. So that was something that was useful to us if we wanted to exploit it.”

While the fact that the audience never saw Julia’s body was a logistical and practical choice, it still creates a lot of questions. Hopefully, those questions will be answered if and when Bodyguard is given a second season.

In the meantime, I think we all agree that picking up two years later would be a great idea, not only for our own nerves but also for poor David’s. That guy definitely needs a vacation and a long sabbatical from work.

Bodyguard is currently streaming on Netflix.

Shelby Arnold
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