It's the end of an era. Heartstopper writer Alice Oseman has announced the graphic novel series's sixth volume will be its last.


Oseman told People that, while she finds the idea of concluding the series – and how readers might react to the news – "a little bit scary", she is "really looking forward to writing about adults".

She added: "That is something that I've just never had the opportunity to do... I'd love to try writing more for screen.

"I've really enjoyed writing the TV show and I would love to do more of that, whether that's something original or I would love to try adapting someone else's book. I think that could be really fun. It's all a mystery right now, so we'll see."

Though the graphic novels will be bringing Charlie (Joe Locke) and Nick's (Kit Connor) story to a close, we still have plenty to look forward to in the hit Netflix adaptation, which is returning to the streamer later this year.

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The Heartstopper cast wrapped production on season 3 in December, with Oseman announcing the news on Instagram. One actor who won't be back, however, is Sebastian Croft, whose exit was confirmed last year.

Despite Croft's absence, fans will be glad to hear they'll get to see more of Charlie, Nick and the rest of the gang following that emotional season 2 ending, during which Nick and Charlie went to Paris for a trip that "changed" them, series director Euros Lyn told

It looks like the Heartstopper location guide has been expanded for season 3, with Oseman's wrap post showing Nick and Charlie holding each other on a beach.

Want to know more? Read on for everything we know so far about Heartstopper season 3.

Heartstopper season 3 release date: When will it air?

Alice Oseman on the set of Heartstopper season 3 holding a clapperboard.
Creator and writer Alice Oseman on the set of Heartstopper season 3. Netflix

Season 3 of Heartstopper debuts on Thursday October 3rd on Netflix.

Heartstopper season 3 episodes: How many are there?

There are eight episodes in total.

Heartstopper season 3 cast news: Who's returning?

Elle, Tao and Isaac stood next to one another on the field at school

The main cast is as follows:

  • Kit Connor as Nick
  • Joe Locke as Charlie
  • William Gao as Tao
  • Yasmin Finney as Elle
  • Corinna Brown as Tara
  • Kizzy Edgell as Darcy
  • Tobie Donovan as Isaac
  • Jenny Walser as Tori
  • Rhea Norwood as Imogen
  • Leila Khan as Sahar

In exciting news, Hayley Atwell (Avengers: Endgame) has joined the show as Nick's aunt Diane, Bridgerton's Jonathan Bailey is playing Jack Maddox, an Instagram-famous classicist who Charlie has a crush on, and Eddie Marsan (Back to Black) has been cast as Charlie's therapist Geoff.

But sadly, Olivia Colman will not feature in season 3.

"I couldn’t do number three. I couldn’t fit it in," she told Forbes. "I feel awful about that."

Heartstopper season 3 plot: What will happen?

Joe Locke as Charlie Spring and Kit Connor as Nick Nelson in Heartstopper season 2

Charlie wants to tell Nick that he loves him, while Nick also has something he wants to say to Charlie – but will they get an opportunity to open up to one another?

"As the summer holiday ends and the months race on, the friends begin to realise that the school year will come with both its joys and its challenges," reads the official synopsis.

"As they learn more about each other and their relationships, plan social events and parties and start thinking about university choices, everyone must learn to lean on those they love when life doesn't go to plan."

Heartstopper season 3 trailer: Can I watch it?

Not just yet – but we do have a release date announcement teaser featuring Billie Eilish's new song Birds of a Feather from her upcoming album Hit Me Hard and Soft.

Enjoy it below.

The official season 3 trailer should arrive in the month leading up to the premiere.

It's also likely that Netflix will release more teaser clips and images in the run-up.

Heartstopper season 3 will arrive on Netflix on Thursday October 3rd. Check out more of our Drama coverage or visit our TV Guide and Streaming Guide to find out what's on.


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