Only Murders in the Building Season 3 Release Date, Spoilers & Update: Will Cara Delevingne Return Next Season?

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[SPOILER ALERT for Only Murders in the Building Season 2 finale.]

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Cara Delevingne was evidently missing in the final moments of the last season, leading to rumors that she might not make it for Only Murders in the Building Season 3. There's no clarity regarding this issue as of writing, but here's why we think the model's return is unlikely.

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Cara Delevingne is Alice in Only Murders in the Building

Delevingne plays Alice, an art dealer who begins dating Mabel. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actor stated that she was a big fan of the show and immediately accepted the job.

Early in Season 2, Alice establishes herself as the curator of a New York City art gallery with an interest in Mabel's work — and in Mabel herself. Throughout the season, Alice becomes a source of support for Mabel as she investigates Bunny Folger's (Jayne Houdyshell) murder.

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Of course, Alice is also a suspect, much to Mabel's chagrin. She is caught lying about her history, and Mabel later discovers her recreating Bunny's murder as part of an art piece at Mabel's apartment.

Thankfully, Alice proves to be a false lead. Although Mabel forgives her, their romance is not revived by the season's end. They appear to be close friends instead, as Alice assists Mabel in putting her past behind her.

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Will We See Alice in Only Murders in the Building Season 3?

The Season 2 finale ends with a one-year flashforward. The Broadway show starring Charles (Steve Martin) by Oliver (Martin Short) has its opening night. Charles' daughter Lucy (Zoe Colletti) and his girlfriend Joy are in the crowd to support them, as well as Mabel (Andrea Martin). Alice isn't a part of the group, though.

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In a recent interview with TVLine, Only Murders in the Building co-creator John Hoffman acknowledged Alice's absence. According to Hoffman, the time jump allowed the characters, particularly Mabel, to "reset."

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"We'll have the audience play catchup and ask what's going on with all of them, and what have they been up to without a murder to solve," he said. "Each character will have had their own specific journey in that year, and Mabel's journey is probably the most unexpected in certain ways because Charles and Oliver have been doing the play. Her world has moved forward."

With that in mind, Delevingne will only return as Alice in Only Murders in the Building Season 3 if she'll serve Mabel's storyline, even though Hoffman doesn't want to fully write any characters off. Given that Mabel has begun a new chapter, Alice's continued presence doesn't seem quite necessary.

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Mabel's Storyline

Alice isn't the first love interest to be deserted in Only Murders in the Building. Many fans were wondering when they will see Oscar, Mabel's rekindled flame from Season 1. She did, however, inform Oliver that she and Oscar had decided to become friends, and viewers never saw him again.

Hoffman told Deadline that it made more sense for Mabel to let go of her past, including Oscar.

"We made a call that we didn't want to see Mabel develop a relationship where the trauma bond is strong. With all that Oscar had gone through with going to jail for murder, we thought his leaving made sense," he said.

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Now, that doesn't necessarily imply Oscar will be gone forever. In Only Murders in the Building Season 3, the same reasoning may apply to Alice.

When it comes to determining the Only Murders in the Building Season 3 release date, keep in mind that Season 1 aired in August 2021, and Season 2 began in June 2022. If our estimates are right, the gripping comedy will return in the summer of 2023.