Shippers got what they wanted in the All American: Homecoming season 3 premiere but at what cost?

The All American: Homecoming season 3 premiere gave fans the romance they wanted but there might be a big cost for it!
All American: Homecoming -- “Level Up” -- Image Number: AHC302a_0041r -- Pictured (L-R): Geffri Maya as Simone Hicks -- Photo: Troy Harvey/The CW -- © 2024 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
All American: Homecoming -- “Level Up” -- Image Number: AHC302a_0041r -- Pictured (L-R): Geffri Maya as Simone Hicks -- Photo: Troy Harvey/The CW -- © 2024 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /

All American: Homecoming opened season 3 by giving fans what they wanted in a big romance! But could this come with a high price?

Caution: This article contains SPOILERS for All American: Homecoming season 3 premiere

The season opened by jumping eight months ahead from the season 2 finale and revealing that Simone had chosen Damon over Lando. The pair were shown getting along great and in the middle wonderful romance. Fans who have been shipping Dimone for so long were more than happy to see them together, especially when the baseball team won the championship.

However, word came down that Bringston University was going to "rebrand" to focus more on education and that both the tennis and baseball teams were on the chopping block. While the tennis team was saved, the baseball program was eliminated (which Marcus had known for a while was going to happen). 

Damon was naturally upset as without another year of eligibility, he couldn't make it into the MLB. Thankfully, JR and Jesse came through to get him onto a pro team. The downside was that it was in the Dominican Republic. While Damon insisted he and Simone could keep up a long-distance relationship, she told him he had to focus on his career.

This plays into how Peyton Alex Smith is now a recurring actor on the show while Martin Bobb-Semple has been promoted to series regular. Speaking to Deadline, Geffri Maya shared how it felt to learn of Simone's choice. 

"So what's so funny about NK and Marqui is that they loved this little love triangle so much so that they wanted us to be excited [too]. It was a fun topic to always discuss and to play with, and we know how much the fans are so invested in this love triangle. So when I found out — I had my guesses from seasons ago, when I knew that it was gonna be this love triangle. I was actually very surprised, because I had all of the components to be very clear about what I thought my choice is going to be. But it's..keeping the show light hearted and being a part of what the fans love the most, which is the drama. I think that whoever ships Damon and Simone, they won. I think it's gonna be pretty exciting to see how the rest of the season plays out for these characters."

That last sentence is notable as fans are now worried if maybe, no sooner has it started, that Damon and Simone may be over. 

Who will Simone end up with on All American: Homecoming?

Obviously, the producers of All American: Homecoming didn't know this would be the last season when they began filming it. That makes it trickier, along with the cast changes (due to budgetary reasons), to answer the question of who Simone ends up with. 

Seeing her with Damon was wonderful, and it was a great payoff after they had danced around for most of the series. However, it's telling that the episode ends jumping a year in the future with Simone, now a junior, living in a new place with Keisha and Nate. There's no word on her romantic status, making some fans wonder if maybe she and Damon are truly over and just perhaps Simone and Lando hooked up after all. 

Maya even hinted that there's a chance the couple is done. "Relationships come and they go, and at the end of the day, I feel like Simone and Damon had served each other's purposes in each other's lives. You know what I mean?"

That will be a blow to fans of the show, especially those invested so much in Simone and Damon. However, as anyone who's been in college knows, relationships can change a lot over time and it's rare to find one so long-lasting. It could well be that rather than a true love, Simone and Damon were just a brief romance with Simone moving on. 

Obviously, this was pushed by the real-life cast changes although there's always a chance Damon can come back in later episodes. That he wants to keep the relationship going is telling but the question is if Simone and Lando are back on or not. 

Maya did share how season 3 will focus more on the romantic fallout and with some good storytelling to come. 

"The only thing I will say is that I think people should be prepared for the unexpected. I mentioned before, life is just the most beautiful teacher, and I think that people are going to be very engulfed in our journey this season. I feel really privileged to have been given the opportunity to, again, just complete this journey for her. So I think that everyone should just buckle up and be prepared to end this journey with her."

So fans of All American: Homecoming will have to wonder if Simone and Damon are endgame or if maybe her journey takes her in a unique direction.

All America: Homecoming season 3 airs Mondays at 8/7c on the CW.