The story of secrets, betrayal, and family continues with a second season on Netflix. I was surprised this original series got a second season because I did not think the first season received many viewers but the story certainly wasn't done as the first season ended with a large cliffhanger. It's taken me a while to watch this show as at times it is pretty slow and there is just so much television to watch these days.
The plot focuses on the wealthy Rayburn family who own a hotel in the heavenly Florida Keys. Everything is not alright despite appearances. The first season revolved around the return of the eldest brother, Danny Rayburn (Ben Mendelsohn). I was worried that the show would decline dramatically without Mendelsohn who I am very excited to see in the new Star Wars film, but Danny shows up in flashbacks and as conscience to his younger brother John Rayburn (Kyle Chandler). Chandler is pretty good as the troubled golden boy now running a campaign for sheriff, but he has to deal with what he did in the first season.
The two young siblings also have their troubles. Meg Rayburn (Linda Cardellini) tries to adjust to a new job in New York, but troubles back in Florida drag her down to eventually become campaign manager to John's sheriff campaign. Kevin Rayburn (Norbert Leo Butz) struggles with his substance abuse addiction while he tries to sell his boatyard and discovers his wife is pregnant.
Some new cast members show up to back up the small roles of Sissy Spacek as the matron of the Rayburns and Chloe Sevigny as Danny's girlfriend Chelsea. John Leguizamo shows up as Ozzy Delvecchio, an old friend of Danny's who discovers the truth and decides he can turn a profit off the secret. Andrea Riseborough pops up as the mother of Danny's child and also sees profit in the Rayburn family. The young talent Owen Teague appears as the first season climax as Nolan Rayburn.
The show is slow and plodding at times but builds up tension steadily as only Netflix shows are able to do with their particular freedom of ads and limits. The second season is shorter showing signs of a restricted budget and the finale was not as complicated nor excited as the last that had built up through the whole show. It certainly is open for a third season so we'll see what happens.