There’s no need to sit in your car and rage out to heavy metal, Dead to Me fans. Netflix has confirmed that the drama, starring Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini, will definitely be returning for Season 3. But sadly, the announcement — which came just days after Season 2 of Dead to Me premiered — also confirmed that the third season would be the series’ last. And so, it joins the ranks of other wildly popular dramedies like This Is Us and FX’s Better Things that we’ll have to say goodbye to come next year. (*sob*)
When news of Dead to Me‘s impending end broke, showrunner Liz Feldman told The Hollywood Reporter that it was probably for the best. She explained, “I always had the sense that I wanted this show to be a relatively short-running one. I understand the landscape at Netflix. It’s very rare for them to have a show that goes five, six, or seven seasons. It can happen, but it’s obviously the exception. Halfway through shooting season two, an idea came to me that felt very true to the show — and I realized that it could be a really great way to end it.”
Luckily for fans, it sounds like the show will attempt to tie up all the unfinished business between Jen and Judy come the series finale. And for those who are just dying for more content similar to it, rest assured that Feldman has signed a multi-year contract with Netflix, meaning that she will be writing and producing more shows in the future. So, it’s sad that Dead to Me will be ending after Season 3, but that only means Feldman has time to develop more shows in the future.
For now, here’s everything we know so far about Dead to Me‘s final season.
Dead to Me Season 3 Cast
Obviously, Dead to Me would be nothing without the chaotic dynamic between Applegate and Cardellini’s characters, so they are clearly going to be in Season 3. The show also introduced viewers to Katey Sagal in Season 2, so she will likely return as well. Then there’s the rest of the cast: Jen’s children Charlie (Sam McCarthy) and Henry (Luke Roessler), police detective Ana Perez (Diana-Maria Riva), Nick (Brandon Scott), Karen (Suzy Nakamura), Christopher (Max Jenkins), Lorna (Valerie Mahaffey), Pastor Wayne (Keong Sim), and Steve’s semi-identical twin brother Ben, played by James Marsden. Although Season 2 ended with a car crash involving the women and Ben, it seems safe to assume Marsden will be back, though Netflix hasn’t confirmed anything yet.
As far as who is unlikely to come back, we have Judy’s ex-lover, chef Michelle (played by Natalie Morales). That story seems to have come to a close.
Dead to Me Season 3 Release Date
This is where things get tricky. As of September 2020, Feldman had confirmed that the show was still in the writing process. It was then set to film in Dember 2020, but the ongoing coronavirus pandemic pushed that back, and they didn’t hit the set until January 2021. Then, per What’s On Netflix, filming was pushed back even further due to the pandemic and didn’t get really underway until May of that year.
And, sadly, it would seem production has again halted for Dead to Me Season 3. In August 2021, Applegate shared that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She shared on Twitter, “Hi friends. A few months ago, I was diagnosed with MS. It’s been a strange journey. But I have been so supported by people that I know who also have this condition. It’s been a tough road. But as we all know, the road keeps going. Unless some asshole blocks it.” CBS Studios (which produces the show) and Netflix also shared a joint statement supporting Applegate taking some time off.
However, The Daily Mail reported in mid-November 2021 that Applegate was back on the Dead to Me set, which means that filming must have re-commenced. So, while there’s still no official release date, the show is definitely coming your way soon enough. If we hypothesize based on the release date for the first two seasons, our best guess would be Season 3 was originally slated to drop in late spring 2022 — Season 1 premiered on May 3, 2019, and Season 2 premiered on May 8, 2020. With the production setbacks, though, we could have to wait a little longer. Here’s hoping that doesn’t mean holding out until 2023 (gulp).
Dead to Me Season 3 Plot and Spoilers
Season 3 of Dead to Me will absolutely have to cover the aftermath of the car crash and what Jen’s son Charlie is going to do with that letter she wrote to Judy. There will likely be tons of twists and turns as investigators close in on Jen and Judy both for the hit-and-run that started it all and Steven’s subsequent murder. Most interestingly, the same Daily Mail article revealed that Applegate and Cardellini were filming on a Malibu beach and that Applegate was wearing a fake baby bump, so that’s definitely a major plot twist.
While we don’t know exactly when Dead to Me is coming back, it’s certainly on its way and the final season promises to be as much of a roller coaster as ever.