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Richard Madden Says He’s Meeting With ‘Bodyguard’ Creator to Talk Season 2 Ideas

Netflix star tells TheWrap he’d like to see a much more relaxed David Budd if story continues



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(Warning: This post contains spoilers for Netflix’s “Bodyguard” through the finale.)

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THE WRAP – David Budd needs a break. The lead character played by Richard Madden in BBC’s thriller series “Bodyguard” — which made its way stateside last month with a launch on Netflix — ended the show’s six-episode run totally spent. But you probably would be too if you were a PTSD-plagued war vet turned Specialist Protection Officer for London’s Metropolitan Police Service, tasked with protecting Home Secretary Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes) — before she was blown up in a terrorist attack.

Madden told TheWrap in a recent interview that Budd — who finds out in the finale that the person behind all of this was a woman who he underestimated in the first moments of the premiere — deserves to unwind if the show gets renewed for a second season.

“He’s been through a couple heavy-going months,” Madden told TheWrap, in the video interview above. “Maybe Season 2 is, you know, watching him on vacation not doing anything stressful. It’s a different show all together,” the actor joked.

“I don’t know where we’d take him,” Madden added. “I suppose that’s on [“Bodyguard” creator] Jed [Mercurio’s] brilliant mind. He has a really fascinating mind, so I’m keen to see what surprises he’d give us for David’s next move.”

In all seriousness, if there is a Season 2, the “Game of Thrones” alum said he’s down.

“I’m excited to see what ideas Jed’s got,” Madden said. “It was never our intention to do more than one. So just the fact that, you know, we’re talking about it is all kind of a new thing to me. So I’m going to meet up with Jed in a few weeks and see what thoughts he’s got on what happens with David Budd in the future.”

Watch the full interview above, in which Madden also discusses his upcoming Elton John biopic,”Rocketman,” and gives his thoughts on the final season of “Game of Thrones.”

“Bodyguard” Season 1 is available for streaming now on Netflix.

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