Fortitude: Amazon Prime Thaws Out Second Season of British Sci-Fi Thriller

Cold-blooded murder is headed to Amazon…heavy on the cold. Amazon Studios is partnering with Sky Vision for the second season of the British sci-fi thriller series Fortitude, starring Richard Dormer (Game of Thrones), Dennis Quaid, and more.

Fortitude is set in “the most northerly town in the world,” a peaceful international community located deep in the Arctic. It’s the sort of place that has to solve its own problems, because it’s a long way away from the rest of civilization. In season 1, Sheriff Dan Anderssen (Dormer) set out to investigate the brutal murder of one of the town’s prominent citizens, but things got considerably weirder before long. The press release talks about “a captive population in an environment that is undergoing change and upheaval due to parasite and pathogen activity,” so we’re definitely getting a possible “John Carpenter’s The Thing” vibe wafting off this one. For those curious, season 1 is already available streaming on Amazon Prime Instant Video.

Quaid is joining the series beginning with this second season, which will see Fortitude officially brought in under the Amazon Original banner. Quaid will play Michael Lennox, “a fisherman and patriarch of a family living in Fortitude, who is struggling to come to terms with his terminally ill wife, and will try anything to find a cure.”

Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy, Drama and VR for Amazon Studios, said in a statement, “In Fortitude, our customers will experience Dennis Quaid in a remarkably compassionate role, joined by an ensemble cast that has resonated with audiences globally. We’re excited to add such a beautiful and captivating series to our originals slate.”

Jane Millichip, Managing Director of Sky Vision, added:

Amazon is the perfect home for Fortitude in the US. Fortitude is high-end, addictive viewing and perfectly suits Amazon’s scripted portfolio. Amazon has been a keen supporter of the series from the outset, having taken an SVOD window on season one. We’re delighted to now extend the relationship and make Amazon the home of our most successful returning Sky Atlantic original drama series.

Created by Simon Donald (Beautiful Creatures), Fortitude was shot in both the UK and Reydarfjordur, Iceland, so it looks to be visually stunning as well as a gripping mystery with sci-fi elements. Frankly, that sounds right up our ballpark. It’s already been added to our Binge List.

Season two of Fortitude premiered this past January in the UK, and will debut on Amazon Prime Instant Video this Friday, April 14.