Outer Banks returned to Netflix at the end of last month and sent fans of the teen drama into a bingeing frenzy, with the 10 new episodes shooting the show right to the top of the streamer’s most-watched list.
Set in the titular part of North Carolina, the series follows John B (Chase Stokes) and Sarah Cameron (Madelyn Cline), leaders of the Pogues – a group of working class locals who find themselves feuding with the wealthy rival group the Kooks.
A huge amount happened in series two, from the Pogues moving to a deserted island to John B’s long-lost father being discovered alive – the latter of which is set to shape season three, according to the show’s creators.
“John B’s relationship with his dad is a huge theme and having his dad back around and eventually they’re going to meet back up and John B Has to reconcile his idealised version of his dead dad with the reality of his alive dad,” Josh Pate told Entertainment Weekly.
“It’s going to be instrument and maybe the spine [of season three] basically,” Shannon Burke added.
Despite the reappearance of John B’s dad, the Pogues will continue with their treasure hunt, with Josh Pate saying: “They’re not going to give up going after the gold, though!”
Read on for everything we know so far about Outer Banks season three.
Will there be a third season of Outer Banks?
Netflix has not yet confirmed whether Outer Banks will be returning for a third outing, but after the success of the first two seasons, it has a decent chance of getting renewed once again.
Series creator Jonas Pate has even hinted that there’s many seasons of Outer Banks to come, with the writer telling Entertainment Weekly in April last year: “Ever since we started, we always viewed it as something that was probably like a four-season, maybe five-season show, but definitely four seasons. We’ve sort of long-arced it out pretty far. I’m just hoping that we get a chance to actually tell those stories.”
Pate added that Netflix had given him the green light to write some scripts for season two before season one had even come out, so hopefully the Outer Banks team are already working on season three.
Outer Banks season 3 release date
We don’t officially know whether Outer Banks is actually returning for a third season let alone when that series will arrive on Netflix, but we can take an educated guess.
The first series made its Netflix debut in April 2020, while season debuted on 30th July 2021 – leaving a gap of one year and three months.
Filming on season two began in August 2020 and finished in April 2021. Taking those eight months of production into account and possible delays caused by COVID-19, the earliest we could see Outer Banks on our screens is July 2022.
Outer Banks season 3 cast
**SPOILERS FOR OUTER BANKS SEASON TWO**
The Pogues all made it through, so we’d be surprised if we didn’t see the return of the main gang – Chase Stokes (John B), Madelyn Cline (Sarah Cameron), Madison Bailey (Kiara), Jonathan Daviss (Pope), Rudy Pankow (JJ), Austin North (Topper), Charles Esten (Ward Cameron) and Drew Starkey (Rafe Cameron).
We’ll also hopefully see new cast members Elizabeth Mitchell and Carlacia Grant reprise their roles as Limbrey and Cleo respectively.
Outer Banks season 3 plot
**SPOILERS FOR OUTER BANKS SEASON TWO**
Outer Banks season two packed a dramatic finale, which saw violent confrontations between several of the characters and a shock return for someone we had long thought to be dead.
Indeed, the reveal that John B’s father, John Routledge (Charles Halford) is alive will have major ramifications for the direction of season three as has already been confirmed by co-creator Josh Pate.
“John B’s relationship with his dad is a huge theme and having his dad back around and eventually they’re going to meet back up and John B has to reconcile his idealised version of his dead dad with the reality of his alive dad,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “It gives us a lot of thematic father-son stuff to work with.”
Shannon Burke, a writer on the series, added: “It’s going to be instrumental and maybe the spine [of season three] basically. It’s obviously a gigantic revelation that’s going to power a huge part of the third season.”
At the end of season three, we watched as Carla travelled to meet John B’s father, who said he would help track down the Shroud of Turin – a healing cloth that was thought to be hidden in the gold cross. We can expect season three to see the gang continue with this search, while John B hopes for a reconciliation with his father.
Speaking to TVLine, Chase Stokes said that he’s “hoping to continue to tell the story for a couple more seasons”, before adding: “It wasn’t like he [Big John] was swept away by a natural disaster or whatever the case may be.
“It was his choice to go out and leave his son, and what does that look like? What does it look like when a kid comes face-to-face with a parent who’s left and chose to put him in these circumstances and has no idea what has happened in the meantime?”
That won’t be the only evolving relationship though, as co-creator Shannon Burke has also teased “more room” for romance stories in the third season, set up with the arrival of the Pogues on an island they call Poguelandia.
While some fans were disappointed when a romance didn’t materialise between JJ and Ki in series two, Josh Pate told Entertainment Weekly that they wanted to “tease that for the third season”.
“We didn’t want to do it immediately, but we definitely want to do it just because that took us by surprise, like the audience’s reaction to JJ and Kiara and rooting for that romance. So we were immediately open to it, because it seems like an interesting idea to explore but we kind of left it for season three.”
Burke added: “We didn’t want to just dismiss Pope and Kiara either, we had built up the whole thing and we wanted to let that play out.”
Meanwhile, Carlacia Grant, who plays Pogues newcomer Cleo, recently told Elle that she has lots of plans for her character in season three when it comes to romance.
“I’m really interested in seeing this whole Cleo and Pope thing happen, if it does happen,” she said. “And I would love to see more of Cleo’s backstory. I, personally, really want to see more of her, more of where she came from. And I want her to be more badass, definitely more badass.”
Even with all this personal drama to deal with, the Pogues won’t lose sight of the fortune they’ve been chasing all this time, with Outer Banks confirmed to remain all about that high-stakes treasure hunt, loosely inspired by real historical artefacts.
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Pate added: “The treasure hunt is going to expand, and the mythology around the treasure hunt is going to evolve and get deeper. We’re pretty fired up about how that mythology is going to expand in season three. We’ve been reading a lot of books, and we got some good things to hang it on.”
Formidable villains remain hot on their heels though, with an angry Rafe determined to get his revenge on John B, who left his father seriously injured in the season two finale.
Of course, there’s John B and Sarah, who unofficially married one another in season two, and according to Madelyn Cline (Sarah), season three could see the couple actually get to know one another.
“It’s be really fun in season three [to get to see them] “start to truly get to know each other in a very real sense,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “They’re married but they actually kind of don’t know a whole lot about each other.”
Outer Banks season 3 trailer
As season three has not yet been confirmed, we don’t have a trailer for Outer Banks’ third series – but we’ll keep you updated as soon as we know!