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Video: ‘Deep State’ Returns With Walton Goggins; First-Look At Second Season Of Fox Networks & Epix’s Political Drama

Video: ‘Deep State’ Returns With Walton Goggins; First-Look At Second Season Of Fox Networks & Epix’s Political Drama

Deadline.com — Deep State is back and this time it’s even more political. The drama, which was Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa’s first original drama, returns this spring with Justified and Vice Principals star Walton Goggins and you can see the first clip from the show above.

The series, which is produced by Endor Productions, will air on Epix in the U.S. on April 28 and will air on Fox in the UK and across 50 countries in Europe and Africa in early May.

The second season of the show, which was commissioned by FNG and acquired by Epix, will delve deeper into the murky and political world of the deep state.

Having failed in the Middle East, those powers are now turning their attention to sub-Saharan Africa and the scramble to plunder its natural resources. This is the first dirty war over clean energy. The series will also explore the origin stories of some of our favorite characters from season one alongside witnessing the fall of a hero and orchestrating the making of a terrorist in the eyes of the West.

Goggins plays Nathan Miller an ex-CIA operative, to ensure that a deal between the U.S. government and Mali, one that would be enormously rewarding for the deep state is completed. However, the deal is suddenly plunged into jeopardy when three US special forces operatives and a Malian translator are ambushed and supposedly killed. His actions are thwarted when the Malian translator, Aïcha Konaté, played by Lily Banda, contacts Leyla, played by Karima McAdams, and informs her of the actual events surrounding her supposed death. Complicating matters for Miller are Meaghan Sullivan (Victoria Hamilton), a Republican Senator from Ohio, with an insatiable appetite for the uncovering the truth about the deep state and Aminata Sissoko (Zainab Jah), a senior advisor to the Malian President who is the deep state’s main obstacle in gaining a foothold in her country. Game of Thrones’ Joe Dempsie, The Night Manager’s Alistair Petrie and Damages’ Anastasia Griffith also return.

Deep State co-creator, writer, showrunner and director Matthew Parkhill said, “My ambition for Deep State was to create an intelligent, cinematic and political thriller; a modern-day story that reflects the turbulent times we are all living in. This year, we build on the established worlds of London and Washington from season one, and take our audience further behind the curtain of the deep state, introducing new characters and new territories – notably Mali and the epic landscape of the Sahara Desert, the land of the Tuareg people.”

Sara Johnson, VP, Scripted, FNG Europe & Africa and Executive Producer said: “Season One was a brilliant introduction to Deep State, and we could not have been more thrilled with the response. We are excited to return to this contemporary drama brand, which blends action and political intrigue with a strong moral core, to tell a complex story in a compelling way”.

Hilary Bevan Jones, Executive Producer with Endor Productions, added, “It’s great to build on the ambitions and success of Deep State. Ranging from action packed desert sequences to emotionally charged stories we get to build on season one and grow an even bigger audience with season two. I have massive admiration for Matthew Parkhill and his team of writers, Producer Paul Frift and FNG Europe & Africa and the quality of their content.”

‘Deep State’: Walton Goggins To Star In Season 2 Of Fox Networks Group’s Thriller

Deadline.com — Justified and Vice Principals alum Walton Goggins will headline and executive produce the upcoming eight-episode second season of Deep State, I have learned. The spy thriller from Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa airs in 50 markets across the region.

Goggins will take over for Mark Strong, who starred in the first season. He will play Nathan Miller, a former CIA operative who now works in the private sector as a “Michael Clayton-like” fixer for the deep state. Also joining the series as new cast members are Victoria Hamilton (The Crown) as Meaghan Sullivan, a Republican U.S. senator who is determined to bring the illicit activities of the deep state to light; Lily Banda (The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind) as Aicha Konaté, a Malian aid worker intent on improving things for her country; and Shelley Conn (Liar), who plays Miller’s ex-wife.

Returning cast members for the second season include Joe Dempsie, Karima McAdams, Alistair Petrie and Anastasia Griffiths. Production takes place in South Africa, Morocco and the UK, with Season 2 set to premiere globally in 2019.

Co-created, directed and written by Matthew Parkhill (Rogue), Deep State is described as a grounded, visceral thriller that moves between the deeply personal story of a family man fighting to escape his past and the violent, dark excesses of government and global corporate power.

The first season centered on Max Easton (Strong), an ex-spy whose past comes back to haunt him when he’s summoned away from his new life in the Pyrenees by George White (Petrie), head of covert MI6/CIA team called The Section. White convinces Max to return to the field to avenge the death of his estranged son Harry. But the stakes are soon raised when Max finds himself at the heart of a covert intelligence war, immersed in a widespread conspiracy to profit from the spread of chaos in the Middle East.

The second season will expand and delve deeper into the murky world of the deep state. Having failed in the Middle East, those powers now are turning their attention to Sub-Saharan Africa and the scramble to plunder its natural resources. This is the first dirty war over clean energy. The season also will explore the origin stories of some of our favorite characters from Season 1 alongside witnessing the fall of a hero and orchestrating the making of a terrorist in the eyes of the West.

“At the heart of this project is this major new character, Nathan Miller (Goggins), an ex-CIA agent, who now acts on behalf of the deep state,” said showrunner Parkhill. “Our aim for the show is to move beyond the first season, expanding the shadowy world of the deep state and encourage viewers to delve deeper into how it goes about ruthlessly achieving its goals.”

The show, produced by Red Arrow’s Endor Productions, also airs on U.S. network Epix and has been sold to broadcasters including SBS in Australia, NBCUniversal in France, Super Channel in Canada, TVNZ in New Zealand and DRTV in Denmark.