‘Shōgun’ is Coming Back for Season 2 and Maybe More

It’s official: FX and Hulu have announced the renewal of their drama series “Shōgun,” previously considered a limited series, hinting at the possible addition of two more seasons. This development comes with the commitment to continue collaborating with the Estate of James Clavell, the author of the original novel on which the series is based.

The announcement revealed that key figures such as showrunner and co-creator Justin Marks, co-creator Rachel Kondo, and executive producer Michaela Clavell will return. Additionally, Hiroyuki Sanada will reprise his role as Lord Yoshii Toranaga. While the production schedule is not yet confirmed, preparations are underway with the assembly of a writers’ room expected to start this summer.

Contrary to prior statements by Justin Marks to THR, where he expressed that the story had concluded in alignment with the book’s ending, the success of the series seems to have paved the way for its extension. Marks had commented, “We took the story to the end of the book and put a period at the end of that sentence. We love how the book ends; it was one of the reasons why we both knew we wanted to do it — and we ended in exactly that place.”

The decision to renew the series follows a report last week about Hiroyuki Sanada’s return, which stirred some drama concerning the upcoming Emmys. Previously eligible for the limited series category, “Shōgun” will now compete as a drama series, as per a report from Deadline following the renewal announcement.

“Shōgun” has achieved significant success, becoming FX’s most-watched show ever based on global hours streamed within just nine weeks of its premiere, alongside receiving critical acclaim. Read our review here.

Wrapping Up

“Shōgun” continues to captivate audiences with its intricate storytelling and strong character-driven narrative. As the series prepares to expand beyond its original scope, viewers can anticipate even more gripping drama from feudal Japan. For updates and more details on where to stream the upcoming seasons, keep an eye on Hitplay.

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