‘Outer Banks’ Season 3 Release Date, Cast, and News Updates

Outer Banks Season 3

(Updated December 8th, 2021)

Revenge, treasure, and complicated father/son relationships: all that and more await us in Outer Banks Season 3!

According to the Nielsen’s rating report, Season 2 of the popular mystery teen drama was the most viewed streaming show to date, helping Netflix to secure 8 of the top ten most-streamed shows in the ranking. With the success of the first two seasons, and the riveting cliffhanger provided by the Season 2 finale, all that’s left to do is wait until we can find out what’s next for the Pogues.

Here’s everything we know so far.

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Outer Banks Season 3 Cast and Crew

When taking a look at who will return to the Outer Banks cast and crew, we have one new bombshell addition: John B’s father!

You know, the dead man we’ve been trying to uncover the secrets of and avenge? Yep. Not quite as dead as we thought after that Season 2 finale.

So Big John, as played by Charles Halford (Constantine), will certainly play a large role in Outer Banks Season 3. 

Also returning will be the seasoned cast members from the first two installments, including:

  • Charles Esten as Ward Cameron
  • Chase Stokes as John B. Routledge
  • Madelyn Cline as Sarah Cameron
  • Madison Bailey as Kiara Carrera
  • Jonathan Daviss as Pope Heyward
  • Rudy Pankow as JJ Maybank
  • Austin North as Topper
  • Drew Starkey as Rafe Cameron

As details are yet to be announced, we can only speculate on who will sign on for the following season, but we can be pretty sure that this original cast will be back. They each have unresolved storylines and opportunities for character development that the writers will definitely want to explore.

On a more personal cast note, Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline, who dated after Season 1 of the series, recently announced they had split, but remain great friends.

“She’s one of my favorite people on planet Earth,” Stokes, 29, told Us Weekly at an event at City Winery in New York on December 2nd. “You know, it’s super awesome to work with somebody that you care about that much, and yeah, I’ll leave it at that.”

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Outer Banks Season 3 Plot

Even though we have no official confirmation on what’s to come in Season 3, the head creatives on the show have given the press plenty of teases about future seasons.

The cliffhanger at the end of Season 2 alone gives them more than enough material to work with. Josh Pater, showrunner and screenwriter, told EW that “John B’s relationship with his dad is a huge theme [to shape season three]. Having his dad back around and eventually they’re going to meet back up and John B has to reconcile his idealized version of his dead dad with the reality of his alive dad… It gives us a lot of thematic father-son stuff to work with.”

Another writer, Shannon Burke, added to his sentiment by saying the revelation of John B’s dad is “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.”

It’s promising that even though they have yet to receive the go-ahead from Netflix, the crew is already plotting future seasons. It means they clearly have hope that they’ll get the green light soon.

Chase Stokes, the actor who plays John B, also has interesting insight into what this revelation might mean for his character.

He told TV Line that he is “hoping to continue to tell the story for a couple more seasons…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?”

Season 2 Bloopers

While we don’t yet have an Outer Banks Season 3 trailer. We do have a fun placeholder that is likely content you haven’t seen. Take a look at the blooper reel from Season 2 below!

Outer Banks Season 3 Release Date

All 10 episodes of Outer Banks Season 2 dropped on July 30, 2021, which meant you could instantly binge the entire second installment in the series. The Season 2 premiere got fans excited, and the end of Season 2 left us with quite the cliffhanger that made us question everything we knew to be true up until that point.

So when can we get the resolution to that shocking revelation?

(Updated December 8th, 2021)

As of December 7th, 2021, Netflix officially renewed Outer Banks for a third season! Netflix posted the news in a tweet yesterday with a video featuring our favorite cast members. Take a look below!

With the cliffhanger at the end of Season 2 and the showrunner’s plans for upcoming seasons, we knew that a renewal was coming. So we’re not surpised at all to hear the news

Chase Stokes spoke earlier this month to press about waiting for the greenlight from Netflix. The star said, “We’re still patiently waiting, just sitting back trying to figure out when it’s going to happen or if they’re going to give us the call. … But fingers crossed.”

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What’s Next for Outer Banks

So with all this information and teasers for what’s to come in future seasons, unfortunately, all we can do is wait until before we discover what’s next for these North Carolina kids.

As one of the most-streamed TV shows on Netflix, it’s not surprising at all that Netflix renewed the series for another season.

It also seems clear that the writers know where they want to go. The Outer Banks’ creators have an interesting approach to their creative process. 

According to Pate, they never know for sure where they’re going to go with the story until they finish production. They weren’t even 100% sure they were going to add Big John into the mix in Season 2.

In the first season, they reportedly shot different endings, eventually choosing which one best fit with where they wanted to take the show. Pate says, “Sometimes you just don’t know until you put it together and that’s definitely part of our process, trial, and error.” He did promise that in Outer Banks Season 3, “the treasure hunt is going to expand, and the mythology around the treasure hunt is going to evolve and get deeper.”

The masterminds behind the show have plenty of plot lines to tease us about. We can’t wait to see where they take the story in Outer Banks Season 3!

Are you a fan of Outer Banks? Are you excited about the Season 3 renewal? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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