Everything We Know About Netflix's 'Ratched' Season 2

Is Netflix's newest Ryan Murphy show getting another season?


Did you spend its premiere weekend binge-watching Ratched, the latest Ryan Murphy show to grace the hallowed halls of Netflix? Was nine episodes enough for you, or are you just stark raving mad for more of the iconic character’s origin story? Murphy’s show introduced us to Nurse Ratched before she became Nurse Ratched, and pit her against a cadre of enemies stalking the mint-green halls of her asylum. If you’ve seen or read One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, you know where she ends up, but after Season 1’s audacious cliffhanger ending, there’s gotta be more to her backstory. If you’re just climbing up the walls waiting for a Season 2 announcement, we have some good news for you.

Has Ratched been renewed?

Yes! Netflix went ahead and ordered two seasons of the show when it gave the green light, so we will definitely see more of crazy old Mildred Ratched on our small screens. Like the first season, Season 2 will be nine episodes long.

When could we expect Season 2?

Well, there’s really no telling at this point-one, because most productions are still on hold due to pandemic restrictions, and, two, because Ryan Murphy, as is his wont, has like a bajillion things going on right now. He already released three new shows this year-9-1-1: Lone Star, Hollywood, and Ratched-and his upcoming stuff includes The Boys in the Band, which he produced, and The Prom, which he produced and directed. And that’s just for 2020!

Ratched star Sarah Paulson told The Wrap that she hoped a significant wait for Season 2 will just up the anticipation: “I like to think about it like The Crown, just because I’m a desperate fan of The Crown and the amount of time I have to wait for another season always makes me so f-ing crazy. But then when it comes I’m just like a raved nut just sitting there and I devour it.”


Who will be in it?

We can pretty much expect everyone left by the Season 1 finale to return for a second season, including Paulson as Nurse Ratched, Finn Wittrock as Ratched’s homicidal foster brother Edmund Tolleson, Cynthia Nixon as Ratched’s girlfriend Gwendolyn Briggs, Sophie Okonedo as dissociative identity disorder patient Charlotte Wells, and Judy Davis as Nurse Betsy Bucket.

What will it be about?

Well, after the Season 1 finale’s cliffhanger ending, it’s anyone’s guess! We’ll certainly see Ratched and her brother Edmund, who thinks she planned to murder him, go toe to toe once again, but with our heroes and villains hiding out from each other in separate places, that could take a while. The final episode ended with a two year time-jump, after which Edmund calls Ratched to tell her he’s found her and her lover Gwendolyn in Mexico and plans to kill them, and Ratched responds that she’ll find him first. Exciting! We also need to get her back into a hospital, because as we know, she is destined to become the Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest we all know and, well, fear.

Paulson did say that she hopes she won’t be acting opposite “a computer-generated Jack Nicholson,” so it’s unlikely that the show is going to catch up with it’s movie predecessor anytime soon. “I think if we end up in that era,” she continued, “it would be more about Nurse Ratched’s life when she turned the key in her white uniform, coming back into her house from those days at the hospital with all those events that happened there.”Need help finding something to watch?

Emma Stefansky is a staff entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @stefabsky.


Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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