The Capture creator teases future return for Callum Turner’s soldier Shaun Emery ahead of season 2 premiere

Could Callum return as Shaun Emery? (Picture: BBC/Getty)

were left reeling when the first season ended on not one but two dramatic twists.

The blockbuster BBC drama follows principled detective Rachel Carey (Holliday Grainger) as she tries to expose a covert government operation that deepfakes CCTV, only for her to join the secret agents as they fudge footage to get criminals off the streets.

Meanwhile, Shaun Emery (Callum Turner), who found himself at the very heart of the ethically questionable undercover mission, turned himself in and pleaded guilty to a murder he did not commit, resigning himself to a life behind bars.

Speaking exclusively to, The Capture’s creator and writer Ben Chanan explained that Callum would not be reprising his role as the solider for season 2 because the character’s arc was ‘wrapped up’.

‘He was framed for a crime he didn’t commit but had a nagging feeling about a crime he did – and deep down he felt he needed to face justice for and that story is pretty complete. I always intended that,’ he said.

However, Callum/Shaun fans need not be disappointed by his absence as Ben revealed he ‘still has a presence in season 2 and is mentioned a few times’.

Shaun was a huge part in season one but will not be returning in the second instalment (Picture: BBC/Heyday Films/Parisa Taghizadeh)

He added: ‘He’s certainly still part of the world of The Capture.’

And that means a comeback wouldn’t be totally off the cards if the thriller gets renewed for future seasons.

Ben teased: ‘And if the series continues, who knows? Maybe he’ll come back.’ 

The latest instalment does, however, feature lots of returning cast, including Strike actor Holliday and Ron Perlman.

Shaun was framed in season one (Picture: BBC)

Ben even revealed he tried to snap up Holliday, 34, for a role in The Missing, which he directed.

‘But it didn’t work out,’ he said. ‘You go for it, it happens.’

Also joining the line-up for season 2 are, Succession star Rob Yang and Game of Throne’s Indira Varma.

Shaun was a fan-favourite (Picture: BBC/Heyday Films/Nick Wall)

Paapa, 32, plays ambitious politician Isaac Turner whose rise to the top looks threatened by faked footage – and it’s this storyline, with the tension between government and secrecy, that led to season 2.

Explaining why he created another season of The Capture, Ben said: ‘I thought it’d be really interesting to see someone who’s already got this loyalty to the government would how they would react when they’re caught up in that kind of conspiracy.’

If Shaun is a cautionary tale, we don’t have high hopes for Isaac’s future…

The Capture premieres on BBC One and iPlayer on Sunday August, 28 at 9pm.


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