‘Big Sky’: John Carroll Lynch Could Be Back for Season 2 in This Strange Twist

In ABC’s new TV show, Big Sky, John Carroll Lynch’s character met his untimely demise in season 1; however, there’s a chance he could be back for season 2. According to executive producer Elwood Reid, Lynch could return in this strange plot twist. The darker the crime thriller becomes, the more it resembles Ozark.

Big Sky star John Carroll Lynch standing against a pole as Rick Lagarski in season 1
‘Big Sky’ John Carroll Lynch | Darko Sikman/ABC/Getty Images

How did John Carroll Lynch’s character, Rick Legarski, die in ‘Big Sky’?

In Big Sky Season 1 Episode 5, viewers thought that Rick Legarski finally died in the last few minutes. Cassie Dewell (Kylie Bunbury) tracked the state trooper down, finding him at the All In Bar. He had the trio of missing women tied up in the basement and pulled out her weapon. Cassie stood at the top of the stairs and Legarski at the bottom, both wielding guns. Meanwhile, viewers sat on the edge of their seats. Then fans rejoiced when Cassie finally shot the sex trafficker in the head. 

However, in the next episode of Big Sky, John Carroll Lynch is back; Rick survived a gunshot to the head to everyone’s dismay. He didn’t seem to remember anything, but his wife, Merrilee Legarski (Brooke Smith), becomes suspicious. The trooper passed a lie detector test, but Merrillee believes he’s faking his amnesia to keep himself out of jail. In Big Sky Episode 9, his wife can’t take it anymore. 

“The idea of you getting out of this? I just can’t deal with,” Merrillee tells Rick before she bashes his head in with a hammer.

Legarski did not live through the head wound this time. So, how could Lynch return to the Big Sky cast for Season 2?

Could John Carroll Lynch return for ‘Big Sky’ season 2?

In the Big Sky Season 1 finale, Rick’s surviving accomplice, Ronald Pergman (Brian Geraghty), casually tells Jenny Hoyt (Katheryn Winnick) that the state trooper has a twin brother. Then when EP Elwood Reid spoke to Entertainment Weekly, he teased Lynch’s possible return to the Big Sky Season 2 cast.

“We may or may not know who [Rick’s] twin brother is,” Reid explained to the outlet. “The officer that shows up at the house is [part] of that syndicate, so we get the idea that there’s many more of those creepy types of troopers out there like Legarski. Both Cassie and Scarlet and Ronald may be heading into some uncharted territory.”

Then the journalist asked Reid directly whether viewers could see Lynch return to the show. His answer seems promising for fans of the actor. Initially, he joked with Big Sky creator David Kelley about John Carroll Lynch returning from another massive head injury. However, as the season went on, the possibility of Lynch coming back to the series in a slightly different way began to look imminent. 

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“There’s a lot of backstory in the first season about his high school and all this other stuff,” he responded about John Carroll Lynch’s character in Big Sky Season 1. “Why couldn’t he have a twin brother? What is his connection, if any, to the syndicate? How does Ronald know about this twin brother? That leaves open all kinds of possibilities for us. Given the language of Big Sky and the amount of characters and plot that we burn, planting those seeds is something that’s really important for the show. Whether they all pay off, I don’t know. If I had my druthers, they’re going to.”

What is ‘Big Sky’ Season 2 about?

Big Sky Season 2 premieres on ABC on Sept. 30 at 10 p.m. EST. According to Deadline, the new season begins with Cassie and Jenny investigating a car crash outside of Helena, Montana. However, the case seems suspicious. As they start to solve the mystery, they run into a group of teens and a flirty man from Jenny’s past, Travis (Logan Marshall-Green).

Travis works undercover, trying to help bust a local drug ring, but his path continues to cross with Jenny in the new season. Another new character, Ren (Janina Gavankar), rolls into town after the car wreck, determined to get answers. She attempts to find out who betrays her and keeps her enemies (Cassie and Jenny) as close as possible. 

It’s not evident where Legarski’s twin brother might fit into the new plotline. However, Big Sky provides enough twists and turns that it won’t be hard to work John Carroll Lynch back into the story.