The works of Stephen King have been adapted for the big screen dozens of times, sometimes to great results, sometimes to terrible ones. Less common is the King story that becomes an ongoing TV show, and one of the most successful to date is Mr. Mercedes.
Based on Stephen King’s 2014 novel, Mr. Mercedes stars Brendan Gleeson (28 Days Later) and Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful). Gleeson plays grizzled detective Bill Hodges, the veteran cop on the trail of Treadaway’s Brady Hartsfield, the titular brutal serial killer.
Season 1 received positive reviews from critics, and season 2 kept that tradition up, earning even higher marks from many. Now, Deadline reports that AT&T’s Audience Network (available only on DirecTV and AT&T U-Verse) has renewed the series for season 3.
Mr. Mercedes’ first season directly adapted its namesake book, but season 2 mostly skipped the events of King’s sequel Finders Keepers in favor of adapting third novel End of Watch. This was done due to a noticeable lack of the Hodges/Hartsfield dynamic in book two’s plot.
With season 2 having adapted the majority of End of Watch, it remains to be seen what story will be told in season 3, as King only wrote three entries in the Bill Hodges series. That could be good though, as now fans won’t have any way to predict what twists are coming.