La cocinera de Castamar (The Cook of Castamar) 2021 Tv Series Review
Netflix’s increasing efforts to become an international streaming giant have paid off in international subscribers, but it’s also meant that many shows that originated in other countries have made their ways onto the platform in the United States. One of the most recent titles to make that leap is “The Cook of Castamar,” which was originally “La cocinera de Castamar” in Spanish.
The drama takes place in 18th century Madrid, telling the story of the romance between an isolated cook and a widowed duke, who are both recovering from the tragedies in their pasts. The show originally aired in Spain from February to May of 2021, and was released on US Netflix in July of this year. The show’s rich period detail, vivid love story, and outstanding costuming have left many wondering when it will return for a second season, and what plot developments that new season may contain when it finally drops.
There has been no official announcement about whether “The Cook of Castamar” has been renewed for a second season. The show only debuted Netflix on July 7, but the decision about whether it will be renewed is ultimately out of the streamer’s hands. Netflix is only the show’s American distributor. The show originally aired on Atresplayer Premium in Spain, so that network will decide its fate.
A second season seems likely given the show’s success in Spain and in other countries around the world. The series is based on a novel of the same name by Fernando J. Muñez, but the show has adapted the novel loosely. That means that creator Tatiana Rodriguez will have plenty of room to explore new storylines in her second season, whether they’re in the book or not.
The show filmed its first season for roughly four months, and wrapped filming in December of 2020. That means that if the show is renewed for another season, it could film in the fall of this year and be ready to air by roughly the summer of 2022.
If the show is renewed, the cast of “The Cook of Castamar” will likely remain largely the same from Season 1. Michelle Jenner and Roberto Enríquez play the show’s leads, Clara Belmonte and Diego de Castamar, and they were backed up by a large supporting cast. The list includes names like Hugo Silva, María Hervás, Fiorella Faltoyano, Paula Usero, and Jean Cruz.
Most of the show’s central players would likely return in a second season, and the show may also add new players to its cast. Given the loose nature of the adaptation from the book, it’s impossible to say exactly where the story may go from here. Rodriguez will likely guide the direction of the show, and she will decide what changes are made to the show’s cast. In the meantime, fans will just have to wait and see what moves she makes.
Because the show hasn’t officially been renewed, there’s been no official plot description for what might happen in the show’s second season. Considering how the first season ended, though, it’s easy to imagine the shape Season 2 will take. Throughout the first season, Clara and Diego struggled to stay together because of the class boundaries that separated them. In the final episode, Diego calls off his marriage to another woman and renounces his title to stay with Clara.
That ending provides a sort of “happily ever after,” but that doesn’t mean there isn’t more story to tell. Now that Diego has renounced his title, what kind of life can he and Clara expect to live? It may seem as though the hardest choice in their relationship is now behind them, but romance is never that simple. If the show returns for a second season, you can expect more obstacles to come between Diego and Clara.