Updated: Nov. 28, 2023 – The Bear season 3 has a production start window! The Emmy nominated series was renewed for a third season in November. Now, as reported by Deadline, we know when cameras will start rolling. Filming will get started in late February or early March.
The next installment of the culinary dramedy is on everyone’s minds after the show’s spectacular sophomore season which saw tremendous growth for all the characters and then a heartbreaking but realistic regression and self-destruction by our lead, Carmy.
The Bear, which somehow manages to be wholesome while hanging onto its TV-MA rating and expletive laden monologues, has become quite the hit due to its inspirational and charming storylines. Not to mention the cinematography is gorgeous and the acting is of a caliber that keeps viewers glued to whatever surface they’ve taken up room on to binge or savor episodes to their hearts content.
The show is quickly becoming a summer staple and, despite the Hollywood strikes which delayed many productions, it’s possible that the series could make its typical June season premiere window in 2024. The Bear usually begins filming in February and, even when season 2’s production window ran into April, a new season debuts in the first month of the summer.
An official episode count for the third season has yet to be announced, but it’ll likely be somewhere between 8-10 episodes like with previous seasons. The show’s freshman run had eight episodes and its sophomore season had 10. This isn’t a series that’s liable to increase the episode count with each season since it has such tight storytelling.
Based on an interview Christopher Storer did with Esquire, it looks like Ayo Edebiri could be in the director’s chair in season 3. She shadowed him during episode 6, “Fishes,” in preparation. He said the following: “It was also great having Ayo 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.”
Directing work on The Bear is primarily handled by Storer and executive producer Joanna Calo with exception to season 2, episode 4 “Honeydew” which was directed by Ramy Youssef.
Expected to return
- 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
- Oliver Platt as Uncle Jimmy
- Lionel Boyce as Marcus
- Liza Colón-Zayas as Tina
- Edwin Lee Gibson as Ebraheim
- Matty Matheson as Neil Fak
Likely to return
- Jon Bernthal as Michael ‘Mikey’ Berzatto
- Jamie Lee Curtis as Donna Berzatto
- Robert Townsend as Emmanuel Adamu
- Gillian Jacobs as Tiffany Jerimovich
- Chris Witaske as Pete
Not likely to return: Olivia Coleman, Will Poulter, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, and John Mulaney. All were guest stars whose part in season 2 was contained to a singular episode.
Molly Gordon’s role as Claire is up in the air. The season 2 finale didn’t leave Claire and Carmy in a good place in their relationship. While we could see her in a third season, we may not if our lead decides to make good on his words and throw himself back into work.
Season 2 ending explained
For a full breakdown of what happened in the season 2 finale, click here. But, in short, Carmy got locked in the fridge during Family and Friends Night because he had forgotten to call the handyman to get the unit fixed despite repeatedly being reminded to do so. His panic in the fridge manifested in anger which the team had to tune out so they could make sure they executed service the way their guests deserved despite this hiccup.
Unfortunately for Carmy, this meant he did miss the restaurant’s big night and when expressing why he thought he ended up stuck in the fridge in the first place, he accidentally shared that with Claire when he believed he was still speaking with Tina through the fridge door. Because he didn’t realize he was talking to his girlfriend, he was honest about his feelings. Carmy said that he doesn’t think he’s made to be in a relationship and that he should have had his mind on the restaurant.
He explained that what he’d been doing was a waste of time and that he didn’t need amusement or enjoyment. Devastated by his words, Claire ran off in tears, leaving Carmy to realize that she’d probably heard pretty much everything he had said. He wasn’t aware that she’d left him a voice message earlier in the day saying how proud she is of him and that she loves him.
Carmy and Richie got into a horrible fight over what had happened between him and Claire. In it, Richie had compared Carmy to his mother Donna and the two exchanged insults though Richie also kept screaming that he loves Carmy until finally he said he hopes he freezes to death in the fridge. By the end of the episode, the handyman had arrived to cut Carmy out of the fridge, but we didn’t get to see him exit it.
The Bear season 3 plot predictions
It’s difficult to know where the show will go next in terms of its overall story arc in a third season. But we do know Carmy will likely be dealing with the consequences of his inattention to the restaurant which resulted in his predicament in the finale. Also there’s the fallout for the dissolution of his relationship with Claire which could put him at odds with more than one person he considers family. Not to mention the crew had to do Family and Friends Night without him and, though they prevailed, this may have damaged their trust in him as their leader.
Especially for Syd who he had repeatedly disappointed when it came to getting the restaurant up and running. They had come to a good place in the penultimate episode of season 2, but what happened in the finale could set their work partnership and their friendship back even though she was able to overcome his absence and steer their team to a successful night. Syd had been questioned on whether she really could trust Carmy as her partner, and she had said yes. She may not feel that way in season 3.
Viewers should also brace for loss to continue to play a big part in the series moving forward and, likely, a more prominent role if Marcus loses his mother. He’d missed multiple calls from her nurse during dinner service and, while we don’t know what exactly could be wrong, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that she passed since he did say she’d been living past her life expectancy for some time now.
Stay tuned to Hidden Remote for more The Bear news and coverage! We’ll update this post with more information as news comes in.