Here’s everything we know about The Bear Season 3, including any release date updates, potential plot details, cast, and more.
Alongside Succession, The Bear Season 2 has dominated award season in the TV categories, picking up major prizes at both the Golden Globes, and the Emmys.
The second series of the comedy-drama signalled a change of pace, with low-key episodes focusing on side characters, and building towards the opening of new restaurant The Bear.
Season 3 will presumably revolve around the running of the establishment, so read on to find out everything we know about what they’ll be serving up. But beware, there are potential spoilers ahead…
Is The Bear Season 3 happening?
Yes! The Bear has officially been renewed for Season 3.
It’s unsurprising – the response has literally been unanimous: Season 2 has a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes, and the early viewership numbers have been incredible. While it’s still to be released in other territories such as the UK, it seems FX and Hulu have stuck the landing once more.
Showrunner Christopher Storer has already teased plans for Season 3. While talking to Esquire about the Christmas episode in the new season, he said: “It was also great having Ayo [Edebiri] on set with me that week — she’s going to direct a few episodes next year so she was an important set of fresh eyes.”
While news of its renewal spread a few weeks prior, it was confirmed by Deadline on November 6.
Does The Bear Season 3 have a release date?
As of January 2024, there is no release date for The Bear Season 3.
There are two big reasons for that: one, it was literally just renewed; and two, they haven’t started shooting it.
However, the show is gearing up to begin production in early 2024; February 26, to be exact, so we could be looking at another late summer release, depending on how quickly it gets through post-production.
Rest assured, we’ll update you as soon as we know anything about when it’ll come out — for now, you’ll just have to savor the taste of the first two seasons.
The Bear Season 3 cast: Who’ll be in it?
- Jeremy Allen White as Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto
- Ayo Edebiri as Sydney Adamu
- Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Richard “Richie” Jerimovich
- Abby Elliott as Natalie “Sugar” Berzatto
- Lionel Boyce as Marcus
- Liza Colón-Zayas as Tina
- Matty Matheson as Neil Fak
- Edwin Lee Gibson as Ebraheim
- Oliver Platt as Uncle Jimmy
- Chris Witaske as Pete
While Boyce hasn’t confirmed anything regarding Season 3, he told Distractify: “I would like to see [Marcus] go through anything as long as we get a Season 3. I feel the same way as I did after Season 1, where it finished and I was like, ‘I truly don’t know where the show’s gonna go.’”
He also told Deadline: “All the writers do such a great job of arcing out specific stories for each character, so I’m excited to see where they’ll take it.”
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The big question mark hangs over the second season’s jaw-dropping roster of guest stars: Molly Gordon as Carmy’s love interest Claire, Jamie Lee Curtis as Carmy’s mother Donna, Jon Bernthal as Mikey, Sarah Paulson as Cousin Michelle, John Mulaney as Stevie, Bob Odenkirk as Uncle Lee, Will Poulter as Luca, Olivia Colman as Chef Terry, and Gillian Jacobs as Richie’s ex-wife Tiff.
We’ll update this space upon any further updates about the cast.
The Bear Season 3 plot: What will it be about?
While we don’t have any official details, there’s more than a few threads we’d like to see picked up in The Bear Season 3.
The Season 2 finale is a disastrous triumph at the restaurant. The Bear’s opening night goes so well; everyone loves the food, and Sydney’s father finally believes that this is “the thing.” Richie seems like he’s found his home and a sense of authority that isn’t fragile or manufactured for the sake of his own ego. Tina is a fabulous, confident sous-chef, Ebraheim is perfect for the takeaway window station, and Uncle Jimmy’s financial prospects are looking up.
The things that go wrong, go very wrong: Carmy gets locked in the walk-in fridge and ends up speaking his mind a little too loudly, essentially confessing to Claire that he doesn’t want to spend time on “enjoyment and amusement” with her. While they’re definitely split up for now, we don’t know if there are any plans to reconcile their love for each other down the line.
Marcus is the biggest worry: as he relished The Bear’s success, he wasn’t paying attention to his phone… which was full of texts from his mother’s carer. One has to assume that she’s passed away while he’s been pursuing his passion, which will no doubt fuel his guilt in the next season.
Boyce told Deadline: “I think the thing to me that is interesting to explore is just like continuing the journey of aspiring for greatness. It’s just a story of passion… for me, I would love to explore that.
“This season was, to me, very much him just discovering there’s a path to greatness and seeing what it takes to get there. So I would like to see like him get one step closer to it and see what comes with that — the good and the bad.”
As for any romance between Syd and Carmy, Ayo Edebiri isn’t convinced. “It’s really not our thought process when we’re making the show, and I understand it can be part of a show’s culture — but I don’t think they’re going to get what they want,” she said.
In a recent interview with Variety, White was asked what he could say about the third season. “I’ll tell you the truth, which is I think they’ve written a couple scripts. I have not read any,” he said.
“I do know in January I’m going to spend a fair amount of time getting together with some chefs. There’ll be a menu set, I believe, that’s going to be for the restaurant in the third season. And I know that I’m going to start putting together that menu with different chefs and cooking and just trying to get prepared to do more of that stuff on camera.
“We all did a lot of preparation before the first season. I went to culinary school and I spent a lot of time in restaurants and stuff. And then, for the second season, so much of it was about putting the restaurant together, so there wasn’t that much cooking. But now, in the third season, I think we’re going to go back to that functioning kitchen atmosphere that we had in the first.”
The Bear Season 2 is available to stream on Hulu and Disney+ now.
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