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Ben Mendelsohn (Danny Rayburn) in the Netflix Original Series BLOODLINE. Photo credit: Saeed Ayani. © Netflix, Inc. 2014. All rights reserved.
Kyle Chandler (John Rayburn) in the Netflix Original Series BLOODLINE. Photo: Merrick Morton
Kyle Chandler (John Rayburn) in the Netflix Original Series BLOODLINE. Photo: Merrick Morton

While searching around Netflix one night to find something to watch, I settled on “Bloodline,” a thriller about the hard-working Rayburn family in a tightly-knit Florida Keys community.

Things seem all cheery on the surface, but when the black sheep son comes home for the 45th anniversary of his parents’ hotel, he threatens to expose the family’s dark secrets and shameful past, pushing his siblings to the limits of family loyalty.

The show uses flashbacks and flash-forwards to tell the story, which immediately made me think of “Damages.” Turns out, it’s from the same folks who create “Damages,” so I was spot-on in my assessment. I also love the moody, brooding, darkly mysterious tropical feel of the show.

The Netflix series is currently filming its second season after announcing some A-list additions to the already superb cast of Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz, Jacinda Barrett, Jamie McShane, Enrique Murciano, Sissy Spacek and Chloe Sevigny.

Linda Cardellini with Daniel Zelman on the set of the Netflix Original Series BLOODLINE. Photo credit: Saeed Adyani
Linda Cardellini with Daniel Zelman on the set of the Netflix Original Series BLOODLINE. Photo credit: Saeed Adyani

The show was announced in October 2014, and all 13 episodes of season one were released March 11, 2015 on Netflix. It’s estimated that season two will premiere on Netflix sometime in mid 2016, but it can’t get here fast enough for me, especially considering the cast additions.

Last August, producers Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman announced that veteran character actor John Leguizamo will play Ozzy Delvecchio, a dangerous gangster from Danny’s past who turns up in the Keys to collect on the debts Danny left behind when John drowned him in the ocean … or did he?

Andrea Riseborough has signed on as Evangeline, a wild card, street savvy woman from Miami, where Danny was living before he returned home. Evangeline will turn up in the new episodes looking to tie up some unfinished business she had with the recently murdered troublemaker.

And what about Danny? We know that despite the character’s death, Ben Mendelsohn, who earned an Emmy nomination for the role, will stay on the show in Season 2 as a series regular.

It’ll be interesting to see how they work that out. In season one, Danny often spoke to the ghost of his sister Sarah, whose memory still haunts him 30 years after her death. So I wonder if we’ll see Danny either as a flashback or maybe even as a ghostly vision.

“Bloodline” is excellent, and I highly recommend watching season one as we wait for season two to drop. It’s all about family, morality, guilt, deception and human nature.

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