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Bloodline Season 2: Everything You Need to Know Before Watching Netflix's Thriller

It's all about family

Merrill Barr

Bloodline, Netflix's dramatic thriller starring Kyle Chandler and Ben Mendelsohn, returns for its second season Friday, continuing a complex story of secrets, lies and murder. But don't worry! Even if you haven't watched Season 1, we'll get you caught up with time to spare.

It's all about family: The Rayburns are a locally famous family living in the Florida Keys. Most of their fame comes thanks to an oceanfront hotel, run by Robert (Sam Shepard) and Sally (Sissy Spacek), with the help of their children. There's John (Chandler), a police officer; Meg (Linda Cardellini), an attorney; and Kevin (Norbert Leo Butz), who refurbishes boats for a living.

Things are going well until the black sheep of the family, eldest son Danny (Mendelsohn), returns home.

Danny (Ben Mendelsohn) and John (Kyle Chandler) Netflix

... until Danny breaks bad: Due to a tragic loss in the family's past the rest of them blame him for, Danny is a walking mess of a human. Danny finds his way into the company of Wayne Lowry (Glenn Morshower), the leader of a criminal organization the DEA is investigating. The reason for the investigation? Lowry's organization is importing everything from drugs to human beings into the U.S. Yikes.

Danny convinces Wayne he can use the family's hotel as an entry point for drugs... and then his siblings learn what he's done. But! They can't tell the authorities about the drugs on the hotel's property because if they're found out, the DEA will close down the hotel.

Actually, everybody breaks bad: John, Meg and Kevin concoct a plan to move the drugs away from the hotel before informing the DEA of Danny's involvement. This leads to John and Danny getting into a confrontation, resulting in John drowning Danny in a fit of rage. To cover up Danny's murder, the remaining siblings decide to frame Lowry by blowing up a boat with Danny's body and Lowry's drugs on it. As one does.

Kevin (Norbert Leo Butz) and Meg (Linda Cardellini) Netflix

Then everybody lives happily ever after (or not): John is offered the chance to run for sheriff, Meg takes a legal job in New York City and Kevin loses the chance to buy a piece of land before it's turned into the high-end yacht club that will ruin his business. Also, Danny's body is discovered, but it's all good, bro.

That's where we find the Rayburns at the beginning of Season 2, just as a young boy claiming to be Danny's son appears from the shadows with a host of questions about his father. But is he who he claims to be? How long can the children keep their secret? You'll have to tune into Bloodline Season 2 to find out.