Someday, Chucky creator and Syfy series showrunner Don Mancini would love to see versions of the character that take place in even more supernatural worlds, including ones where the eponymous demonic doll can be a vampire or a zombie. But for now, the second season of the series is continuing the real-world scenario from Season 1, just moving it to a new setting.
Season 2, as Mancini revealed during a Television Critics Association press tour panel for the show, will be set in a facility for juvenile offenders that is run by the Catholic Church. Jake (Zackary Arthur), Devon (Björgvin Arnarson), and Lexy (Alyvia Alyn Lind) are sent there after being deemed responsible for the carnage that Chucky caused in the first season.
Mancini said that Chucky is always the most fun when he is "subverting the status quo and going after authority figures," which the new setting gives him the opportunity to do in spades. Mancini has been thinking about Chucky vs. the Catholic Church since his early days of the film franchise, inspired in part by his own experience attending religious-based schools as a young man.
When the events of Season 2 pick up, it is a year after where the first season finale left off, Lind revealed. "The kids are trying to deal with their trauma any way possible," she said, but because they are separated in this new facility, they have no one to help them deal with that trauma.
"They cannot talk about the trauma they've endured with anyone but each other, but they've lost contact with each other," she explained. "Lexy has turned to drugs; she's trying to cope in any way possible because she feels she's lost every single person who she loved."
Meanwhile, Jake is really feeling guilty about everything that went down (specifically everyone who was killed) because he was the one who brought Chucky home in the first place. "He feels really responsible for all of the damage that has been caused and the people it's effected," Arthur explained.
Although Jake and Devon want to continue to explore their romantic relationship, that proves complicated by the separation, with Arnarson saying that reconnecting "doesn't work out" — although whether he means that at the beginning of the season or all throughout it remains to be seen when you watch episodes unfold.
Arthur clarified by saying, "The relationship between [Jake] and Devon, you'll get to see how that develops in this new environment and how Chucky reacts in this environment."
So, obviously Chucky (voiced by Brad Dourif) is still going to wreak his own havoc, as he joins Jake in the facility. Original series cast members Fiona Dourif, Devon Sawa, and Jennifer Tilly also all return, though Sawa is once again in a new role.
In the first season, Sawa played Jake's abusive father Lucas and Jake's uncle (Lucas' twin brother) Logan. Both men met bad fates (though only Lucas was murdered by Chucky; Logan was murdered by his own son using Chucky as a weapon), so now Sawa is playing a priest who begins working with Jake (and Chucky) at the facility.
Chucky Season 2 premieres Oct. 5 at 9 p.m. on Syfy and USA. Season 1 has a Metascore of 70, but the second season episodes' review embargo has not yet lifted. Watch a trailer for Season 2 below.