Preview: BBC America’s Copper Season 2

“[In Copper Season 2] we wanted to raise the stakes and dive into the 1860s political machine by bringing in a Boss Tweed-like character to shake things up,” says co-creator and executive producer, Tom Fontana. “With the addition of General Brendan Donovan, we reveal a highly volatile faction of old New York City, Tammany Hall, and sink our characters into storylines including counterfeiting, illegal Union Army recruitment, the 13th amendment and its ramifications for ‘freed’ slaves, public health hazards and more. By making the universe a little fuller, it gave us a chance to breathe new life into the history of this great city.”

BBC America’s Copper returns June 23 with Season 2 for 13 new episodes that follow through on Fontana’s promise.

When we last saw Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) he was in the throes of a sweet morphine dream and saw his dead daughter smiling at him as she walked out the door of his apartment. He had found his wife, shot his best friend and put him in jail for three murders and didn’t care if he lived or died.

As Copper Season 2 begins, Copper is jogging in the “wilds” of  New York and stops to take a break. He turns and sees a beautiful doe walk toward him. She is in as much wonder of him as he is of her. A gun shot … the doe drops and a rough-looking woman says, “what’s a matter, never seen anything bleed? You live back there (gesturing toward the city)? Too bad, a nasty place all together.”

General Brendan Donovan (Donal Logue) is the single most powerful man in Five Points this season, and he’s looking to trade his law enforcement career for one in the political arena. He’s both loved and feared by the Sixth Ward’s poor.

While Robert Morehouse (Kyle Schmid) plans his wedding to Elizabeth Haverford (Anastasia Griffith), she worries her misguided political involvement will land her in prison. Morehouse, on the other hand, will do whatever it takes to maintain his family legacy now that his father is no longer a concern.

It seems there’s a killer of young boys prowling around Five Points, and a counterfeiter that picks up a new employee who used to be a Copper. With that said, Eva Heissen (Franka Potente) ends up with 67 stitches and a new brothel for her trouble, thanks to the elimination of some seriously tough competition.

1865 looks to be an interesting year indeed in the world of Copper.

Copper Season 2 airs Sundays at 10pm ET/PT on BBC America beginning June 23.


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