Netflix’s Emmy-nominated comedy-thriller Dead to Me from creator Liz Feldman flies by like a page-turning summer beach read with its many juicy twists and enticing crime-fueled drama. Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini star in the Golden Globe-nominated series, which has gained a cult following for its sense of humour, the savvy way it handles trauma, and the breadcrumbs that lead to jaw-dropping revelations at every twist and turn of the story.
Season 2 ended with the kind of cliffhanger the show has become known for, as well as many other open-ended questions that the series seems poised to answer in a third instalment when it premieres in May 2020. Even though the fate of Netflix’s Thelma and Louise is still up in the air, here’s what we do know about Dead to Me Season 3.
Will there be a Season 3 of Dead to Me?
Yes! Dead to Me will return for a third and final season on Netflix in July 2020. Liz Feldman, the show’s creator, tells Deadline that she didn’t intend for the show to be a long one in the first place. While working on Season 2, Feldman mapped out the show’s conclusion, so there’s no need to worry: Jen and Judy’s friendship will come to a satisfying conclusion. “I know the story that I have to tell” and “Season 3 feels like the right time to do that,” Feldman said of Season 3. “It came to me pretty profoundly when we were in production on Season 2,” Feldman said. As a matter of fact, “It’s just something that naturally occurred to me, and I tend to follow my intuition.”
Fortunately for Dead to Me’s dark humour devotees, Feldman will not be resting on his laurels just yet. According to Variety, the showrunner has already received a series order for her next Netflix project, titled No Good Deed, which will premiere in May of 2022. “A total nightmare” is how one reviewer describes the show, which follows a group of families vying for the same 1920s Spanish-style villa. In other words, even though you’ll have to say goodbye to Jen and Judy, it looks like the show’s fans will be getting another twisty treat soon.
When will Season 3 of Dead to Me premiere?
Variety announced in early May 2022 that the final episodes of Dead to Me will be available on Netflix in the fall of 2022. Since Season 2 premiered in the spring of 2020, it has been two years since Season 3 is expected to premiere sometime in early fall. In late 2021, Deadline reported that filming was scheduled to end in early 2022, and Applegate tweeted in January that new episodes were coming “soon.” We’re just speculating, but it’s possible.
When Applegate announced on Twitter that she had just been diagnosed with MS, production on the show temporarily halted in August of that year. She posted a message to her followers on Twitter “I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis a few months ago. A strange journey it has been. But I have been so supported by people that I know who also have this condition. A long and winding road. But as we all know, the road keeps going. Only if an idiot stands in the way.” She also posted, “As one of my friends that has MS said, ‘we wake up and take the indicated action.’ And that’s what I do. As a result, I must request your respect for my right to privacy. As I make my way through this. Thank you so much.”
How many episodes are there in Dead to Me Season 3?
The final season will likely have 10 episodes, but that hasn’t been confirmed yet. Seasons 1 and 2 both had 10 episodes.
Who in the cast will return for Dead to Me Season 3?
There’s a lot of murder in the twisty crime series, but at least the main characters haven’t been slain yet. Even though Jen and Judy got into a car accident at the end of Season 2, you can bet that they’ll be back for more in the upcoming third season. Considering that the show is based on their sometimes toxic/sometimes reliable friendship, they’ll be around for the entire run of the series.
Ben, played by James Marsden, will also be returning. Even when Jen killed Judy’s ex-fiance, Steve, back at the end of Season 1, it was clear to everyone who watched that he wasn’t coming back for Season 2. Dead to Me, on the other hand, pulled off one of the oldest and most cliched ruses in the book by recasting him as Steve’s identical twin brother Ben. Ben is still in the same situation as Jen and Judy, so he’ll be back. According to Liz Feldman, who spoke to Entertainment Weekly, “Ben goes on quite a journey” in the upcoming episodes. Liz Feldman
There will be more of Marsden’s character, Steve, in the future. That means flashbacks for the time being, but we can expect to learn more about his nefarious activities in the future.
There should be no doubt that Charlie (Sam McCarthy), Henry, and her annoying neighbour Karen (Suzy Nakamura) will all be in the mix for the rest of the cast, including detectives Ana Perez (Diana Maria Riva) and Nick Prager (Brandon Scott). Season 2 ended with Howard Hastings (Jere Burns) revealed to be a corrupt cop who was working with the mob. We may see more of him this season.
Last season brought us a few new and exciting characters, but it wasn’t clear if we’d see more of them before the end of the season. Even if the show is cancelled, it appears as though Judy’s mother Katey Sagal and Michelle’s co-star Natalie Morales have been spotted on set. Though we have no idea how much we’ll see of them now that Judy’s mother is behind bars, their ties to one another could become even more central to the story. There is no word yet on Frances Conroy, who was introduced to the cast in Season 2 as Eileen Woods, Ben and Steve’s mother.
What will Dead to Me Season 3 be about?
Season 3 will focus on a different character’s secret after Seasons 1 and 2 focused on one character’s secrets—Judy was involved in the hit-and-run that killed Jen’s husband, and Jen didn’t kill Steve in self-defence. Liz Feldman, the show’s executive producer, told Refinery29 that she had a good idea of where Season 3 would go based on how Season 2 ended. Her response was, “Now there’s another person with a secret.
” That’s probably about Ben, who was driving under the influence when he hit Jen and Judy and then fled the scene. The question of “Do you tell someone something if you know it will hurt them?” is one that Feldman hopes to continue exploring in the future. Now that Ben has come to grips with abandoning the accident and possibly injuring Jen, his romantic interest, the next episode should focus on his legal battles and Ben’s eventual reckoning with his actions.
In an interview with TV Guide, James Marsden hinted at the possibility of a third season that would focus on Ben’s ever-expanding problems. “He said,” I replied “Not only is he at risk of discovering that Jen was the one who killed his brother but he’s also been charged with hit-and-run. They were the victims of a hit-and-run, as well.’ A hit-and-run was committed in the first season by his brother… My belief is he tries his best to look in the mirror when no one is looking, but sometimes the forces of nature can get the better of him.”
With so many road cameras in Jen’s neighbourhood, it appears that “the forces” will start to “overwhelm,” making Ben’s secret harder to keep hidden for long. It appears that he is responsible for more than just driving away from the scene of the accident, based on paparazzi photos of Christina Applegate in a wheelchair on the set. It’s possible that if that information is revealed, we’ll see Jen and Judy use it against Ben in Season 3. Since Steve’s body was found and the investigation is ongoing, Detective Perez may need to make a deal with Ben to keep both Jen and Judy quiet about their respective crimes, even if they let Jen go after she confessed.
Another possibility is that the Greek mafia and Steve’s money laundering scheme will reappear in Season 3. It was only recently revealed that the chief of police is somehow involved, so expect to learn more about the shady characters Steve was working with while he was still alive in the upcoming season. To prevent the mob from revealing the women’s identities and covering up their crimes, Agents Perez, Jen, and Judy may have to get even more creative with their criminal activities. No matter how hard they try, the secrets of the SoCal pals just can’t seem to stay that way.