Servant‘s next season ramps up the missing-baby mind games

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The upcoming second season of ‘Servant’ promises to be just as disturbing as the first.
You know that’s not a real baby, right?
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A missing baby is frightening enough, but the second season of Servant involves a missing baby that’s not really a baby. Or perhaps it actually is a baby. And where is it?

A trailer for this Apple TV+ show’s upcoming season dropped on Friday, though it doesn’t answer any of viewers’ questions. That’s what you’d expect from a series with M. Night Shyamalan involved.

The first season of Servant follows a couple who tragically lose Jericho, their young baby. In his place, they adopt a lifelike doll, even going so far as to hire a young nanny to look after the “baby.” But maybe the doll isn’t just a doll.

The 10-episode first season is available for subscribers to watch on Apple TV+. The second season debuts Friday, January 15.

Servant is one of Apple TV+’s best

After launching November 2019, this creepy show got off to a fairly strong start. It saw an average of 22.2 times as much demand as a typical series in its first 60 days, according to a market-research firm. And Servant has some longevity — it was the seventh most viewed show on Apple TV+ in the third quarter of 2020, many months after its debut.

Season one received generally positive reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a critics’ average of 83%. Entertainment Weekly is quite positive on the show: “Servant is delivering the kind of giddy thrills you want from horror: Things are going from bad to worse for the Turner family, and I can’t help but enjoy it.”

If nothing else, it’s an opportunity to watch Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley of Harry Potter fame) looked frightened again.

Servant is just one of nearly 50 series and movies already available or coming soon to Apple TV+. It costs $4.99 a month, and a one-year free trial comes with many Apple devices.