Created by Donald Glover, ‘Atlanta’ is an FX original comedy-drama show known for its socially aware narrative and the creator’s distinct and eccentric brand of humor. The ambitious yet grounded series follows college dropout-turned-music manager Earnest “Earn” Marks as he teams up with promising rap artist Paper Boi. Together, they wrestle through the rap scene of the titular city. Since its original release in September 2016, the series has spawned two seasons. And now, the anticipation of a third season is skyrocketing among fans.
Upon its premiere, the show garnered critical acclaim and was showered with awards and accolades. Critics especially loved the cinematic production quality and the reflective tone of the series. However, following the promising finale of the sophomore season, fans have waited quite a while to catch the third installment on screen. So, if you are eager for updates, let us reveal what we know.
Atlanta Season 3 Release Date
‘Atlanta’ season 2 premiered on March 1, 2018, on FX, with the season concluding its run on May 10, 2018. The second season packs 11 episodes with runtimes ranging between 23 and 35 minutes per episode.
Let us now take you through what we know about the development of the third edition, which was renewed in June 2018. Initially, the season was slated for a 2019 release, but the actors had their plates full with other projects. While fans waited, they saw a silver lining as the comedy-drama was greenlit for a fourth installment in August 2019. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic further delayed the production of season 3.
In late 2020, FX president John Landgraf revealed that among the third and fourth seasons, one would be filming in Europe and the other one back in Atlanta. After a significant delay, filming for the third round finally commenced in April 2021 in London. The season wrapped production by August 2021. With that being said, ‘Atlanta’ season 3 is likely to premiere sometime in Q1 2022 or later. The new season will have ten episodes.
Atlanta Season 3 Cast: Who is in it?
The show’s exhilarating ambiance primarily relies on the intense chemistry among its cast. Fortunately, all of the core cast members are returning for the third haul. Donald Glover will reprise the role of Earn, alongside Brian Tyree Henry, who will don the garb of Alfred “Paper Boi” Miles. Also returning will be LaKeith Stanfield (Darius), Zazie Beetz (Vanessa Keefer AKA Van), Khris Davis (Tracy), and Mia Atehortua (Lottie). Following the second season’s finale, we may also see more of RJ Walker (Clark County) and Matthew Barnes (Lucas, Clark County’s manager). We are yet to learn whether there will be some fresh faces in the upcoming iteration.
Atlanta Season 3 Plot: What is it About?
In the season 2 finale, Lottie’s teacher informs Van and Earn that she is a gifted student and should be moved to a private school to fulfill her potential. Van tells Earn about her decision to take Lottie to her mom’s. Alfred, Darius, and Earn prepare for their grand European tour. While packing, Alfred finds a gun and gives it to Earn, who does not pay much attention and keeps it in his backpack.
As Alfred, Darius, and Earn reach the airport, Earn is reminded of the firearm, which he smoothly slips into Clark’s luggage. Alfred catches him in the act but is pretty chill about it. Finally, the gun ends up with Lucas, who takes the fall. Meanwhile, Tracy knocks on Alfred’s door, unaware of his European tour.
The show is not just about a rapper finding his place in the industry – it is also a social commentary on class and race. The series is known to experiment with writing and veer off the course to create spontaneous magic. The third season will ostensibly pick up from the second season’s finale, taking the audiences to Europe. It is Alfred AKA Paper Boi’s first-ever international tour, and there are bound to be some early hiccups.
The show will possibly incorporate aspects of the post-pandemic world. Moreover, the showrunners have divulged that there will be more women’s stories going into the new season. All in all, the upcoming edition is going to be epic. If you don’t know that yet, check out the teaser below!
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