Outer Banks Season 3 Netflix Release Date, Cast, Plot, Trailer & Everything You Need to Know

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Outer Banks, the American action-adventure mystery teen drama, became a huge hit on Netflix when the first season premiered last year, and it quickly made it to the top of Netflix's U.S. charts when Season 2 premiered in July 2021. According to the Nielsen's report of viewership from August 9 through August 15, the sophomore season of the show became the most viewed with 1,160 million views; now, fans are wondering if the streaming giant has plans to release more episodes in the near future.

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Set in a fictional coastal town of North Carolina, where there is a stark social divide between wealthy seasonal residents and working-class locals (who have the nicknames "Kooks" and "Pogues", respectively), Outer Banks follows a group of Pogue teens who are on a quest to find the legendary treasure tied to John B's missing father.

Those who have seen all ten available episodes know that more things come into play, and that the finale of Season 2 didn't wrap up the entire story, so fans are looking forward to find out if Netflix will confirm a third season, and when the new episodes could potentially be released.

Here's everything you need to know about Outer Banks Season 3, including release date, cast, plot, trailers, and more.

Warning: Spoilers ahead, including the ending of Season 2.

Outer Banks Season 3 Release Date: When will it premiere on Netflix?

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In December 2021, Netflix officially renewed Outer Banks for a third season, which is not surprising since the show sat in Netflix's U.S. Top 10 charts this summer. Series creators Jonas Pate, Josh Pate, and Shannon Burke will all return as executive producers and showrunners of the popular Netflix hit.

Update: In late September 2022, Netflix announced that Outer Banks Season 3 will be released in 2023, but no exact release date has been provided yet.

Jonas Pate previously talked about how he envisioned Outer Banks to have around four to five seasons, but it's up to Netflix to make the ultimate decision to green-light new episodes for the popular American teen drama.

According to a report by Small Screen, one person involved in the show told the outlet that they "cannot confirm nor deny what's happening with OBX S3. What I will say is that S3 won't come out this year."

In September 2021, a report from Small Screen claims that an anonymous source involved in the production of Outer Banks Season 3 said that the third season will most likely arrive in the middle of 2022, if things go according to plan. The unconfirmed source also mentioned that the script for Season 4 is already being written. Small Screen also reported that Outer Banks Season 3 is officially in the works over at Netflix.

According to production listings, filming for Outer Banks Season 3 was due to begin once again in Charleston, South Carolina from February 16 to August 19, 2022. Chase Stokes also shared an update on Instagram, hinting that filming has wrapped for OBX 3.

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Production for Outer Banks Season 3 officially wrapped in September 2022 but the show's post-production work will likely take several months to complete, so it's not expected to release this summer.

In May 2022, a rumor from the Netflix fan page Netflix Daily Updates on Facebook claims that Outer Banks Season 3 will be released in December 2022. However, Netflix has already confirmed that it will not be released this year.

We also double-checked Netflix's lineup for October 2022, and as expected, OBX 3 is not included in the schedule.

Outer Banks Season 3 Cast: Who will return, and who are the newcomers?

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Fans can expect the Pogues to return:

Chase Stokes as John B. Routledge
Madelyn Cline as Sarah Cameron
Madison Bailey as Kiara "Kie" Carrera
Jonathan Daviss as Pope Heyward
Rudy Pankow as JJ Maybank
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Carlacia Grant as Cleo

Other cast members expected to return are Charles Esten (Ward), Drew Starkey (Rafe), Julia Antonelli (Wheezie), Caroline Arapoglou (Rose), Austin North (Topper), Elizabeth Mitchell (Carla Limbrey), Samantha Soule (Anna Carrera), Gary Weeks (Luke), and Charles Halford (Big John, John B.'s father).

Related: Outer Banks Cast Wants Spider-Man Star Tom Holland to Join The Netflix Series

Netflix already confirmed a third season, but no cast announcements have been made, but expect new characters to be introduced if the company gives Outer Banks Season 3 a green light.

In May 2022, the show put out a casting call for extras in Charleston, South Carolina.

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In June 2022, Netflix announced three new cast members for Outer Banks Season 3. The teen drama series added Andy McQueen (Mrs. Davis, Station Eleven), Fiona Palomo (Control Z, La Negociadora) and Lou Ferrigno Jr (S.W.A.T., Stargirl) to its Season 3 cast, Deadline reports.

Andy will play a character named Carlos Singh, a merciless Caribbean leader on his own quest to track down gold. Fiona will play the role of Sofia, a young, scrappy woman who identifies as a Pogue but wants to be a Kook. She will have a close relationship with Rafe (Drew Starkey). Lou will portray Ryan, Carlos’s top security officer who knows how to get the job done and tries his best not to fail.

UNC basketball star Armando Bacot confirmed that he will be in at least one episode of OBX 3, and at UNC's Summer Media Day, he detailed his filming experience.

Outer Banks Season 3 Plot: John B.'s father is alive! But how will the Pogues get the treasures?

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Co-creator Jonas Pate said that Outer Banks is based on Pate and his brother’s experience growing up on Kiawah Island and the legend of Captain Kidd’s buried treasure.

Obviously, no plot details have officially been revealed for a possible third season of Outer Banks since it hasn't been confirmed yet, but let's take a look at the Season 2 finale to speculate how Season 3 will continue the adventures of the Pogues.

The finale of Outer Banks Season 2 was a shocker. It was revealed that John B.'s father, Big John, is still alive, in hiding. Many assumed he was dead after it was revealed that Ward killed him in the middle of the sea after failing to agree with the cut of the gold from the Royal Merchant. The scene showed him asking Carla Limbrey to help his son. It's likely that John B. will reunite with his father in Season 3.

The Pogues had lost their gold cross to Sarah's family, the Camerons, but they managed to escape the cargo ship. They settled in a deserted island somewhere in the Caribbean, calling it "Poguelandia", and it looks like they haven't given up on getting the gold and the cross back from the Camerons.

It's also likely that we will see John B. and Sarah's relationship develop further, and we might also see Kiara, Pope, JJ, and Cleo build their own romantic relationships. We might also see the gang return to their hometown in North Carolina, but they will surely be focused on their quest to get the treasures back.

It's still unclear how John B's father and Carla Limbrey will help John B. and his friends get the treasure, but the potential plot developments look promising.

In an interview with EW, showrunner Josh Pate confirmed that "John B's relationship with his dad is a huge theme [to shape Season 3]."

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"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," Pate added. "It gives us a lot of thematic father-son stuff to work with."

Related: Outer Banks Season 3 Theory: Is John B's Dad A Villain?

Writer Shannon Burke added,"It's going to be instrumental and maybe the spine [of Season 3] basically. It's obviously a gigantic revelation that's going to power a huge part of the third season."

Pate also teased that Season 3 will have more romance compared to Season 2. "That was one thing we really loved about season 1 that's less of an element of season 2 that we really want to get back to," Pate told EW. "That was the plan, kind of architecting the characters towards opening up some romances in season 3."

Chase Stokes, who plays John B, also talked about what this revelation may mean for his character in Season 3.

Speaking to TV Line, Stokes said that he is "hoping to continue to tell the story for a couple more seasons", adding: "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?"

According to Rudy Pankow, JJ's life won't get much easier in Outer Banks Season 3 even though he's finally free from Luke (as far as we know). During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 23-year-old actor described JJ’s character arc as “a new depth.”

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"A new depth is a good [description] as well, but JJ’s journey this season might be frustrating. I think it’ll be a frustrating time for JJ this season."

“There’s going to be a lot of things that maybe haven’t been explained, that are going to be explained,” she added. “I feel like with season three, we’re really tying in those two seasons and everything that has been teased. It’s really bringing everything together.”

During an interview with HollywoodLife, Carlacia Grant said, “it’s all going to make sense” in Outer Banks Season 3.

Carlacia, who plays Cleo in the series, says that fans can expect her character to "evolve" as she adapts to her newfound Pogue life. “For me, playing Cleo is second nature at this point," she told the outlet. "What’s fun is that we’re all really friends, behind the scenes, and it’s the best thing to literally work with your friends, and hang out and mess around."

“There’s going to be a lot of things that maybe haven’t been explained, that are going to be explained,” she added. “I feel like with season three, we’re really tying in those two seasons and everything that has been teased. It’s really bringing everything together.”

Since the script for Outer Banks Season 4 is said to be in the works, it's likely that Season 3 will open new plot lines that will continue in the fourth season.

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What's the relationship status of John B. and Sarah Cameron in Outer Banks Season 3?

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When star Madelyn Cline was asked about John B. and Sarah's relationship status in Outer Banks Season 3, she told E! News: "My lips are sealed. I will say nothing. I think anticipation is one of the best things about being in the off-season. I get so excited myself to even get a new script. I can't wait for everyone to experience that."

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Related: Who is Outer Banks Star Madelyn Cline Dating Right Now?

Outer Banks Season 3 Trailer: Is there a teaser out already?

Netflix has released the first teaser for Outer Banks Season 3 at their Tudum 2022 virtual event.

You can watch the first teaser for OBX 3 below:

For now, we can enjoy this Outer Banks Season 2 bloopers video:

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Related: Outer Banks Stars Madelyn Cline and Chase Stokes Break Up

Here's a video that counts how times "John B." was mentioned in the first season of Outer Banks:

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Is Madelyn Cline leaving Outer Banks after Season 3?

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Rumors claiming that Cline is leaving the show circulated shortly after she and her co-star Chase Stokes split in November 2021, but in January 2022, the 24-year-old star broke the silence and confirmed her future with Outer Banks.

Cline shared a statement confirming that she will continue to return for as many episodes as the creative team will have her.

“So I’m getting asked if season 3 is my final season of OBX. I will come back for as many seasons as they will have me. I love my job and there’s not a day that goes by that I’m not grateful for it, and for everyone who has watched it,” said in a since-deleted Jan. 24 statement on Instagram, confirming that she has no intentions of leaving the series. Cline reminded fans in her closing that “Not everything on the internet is true.”

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Outer Banks Season 3 News: Any other updates?

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The official Outer Banks social media accounts have shared two photos that give us our first look at Season 3, and it features the actors playing the group of Pogues (except for Drew Starkey).

The snaps show Madelyn Cline and Chase Stokes hand-in-hand, walking in a line with their castmates Rudy Pankow (who plays JJ), Madison Bailey (Kiara), Jonathan Daviss (Pope), Carlacia Grant (Cleo), and Drew Starkey (Rafe). In one photo, Daviss, 22, holds his surfboard over his head on what appears to be the island on which the Pogues were stranded at the end of Season 2, as 23-year-old Pankow is carrying Starkey, 28, on his back.

Cline and Stokes, who play Sarah Cameron and John B., respectively, raised eyebrows, making fans wonder if they're back together in real life after their break-up in November 2021.

“It was our start of filming,”Cline told Us Weekly at the 30th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party on Sunday, March 27.

The 24-year-old South Carolina native attended the Los Angeles event with her costar Drew Starkey, and both of them were restricted from sharing details about the show's third season, which is expected to debut on Netflix later this year. “We can’t say anything,” Cline told the outlet.

In July 2022, more photos from the set of OBX 3 have been shared on social media.

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Madelyn Cline & Cast Photos from Instagram

Madelyn Cline also shared photos with her castmates Carlacia Grant, Jonathan Daviss, and Madison Bailey. It looks like these photos were taken while they were filming Outer Banks Season 3.

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Sarah's evolution in OBX Season 3

"I think there will be a lot of resolve for Sarah," Cline told E! News. "A lot of resolve and emotions towards her family. We haven't seen her stand on her own two feet with her family for the last seasons, so we're finally seeing that."

However, Sarah is not the only one evolving in the third season of OBX; According to Cline, the Pogues and Kooks may change a lot in Season 3.

"We're exploring a lot of different dynamics and story lines that we haven't had a chance to yet," she revealed. "I'm just really excited about everything that we've shot and everything that I've read so far."

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Outer Banks stand-in killed in South Carolina

On July 5, 22-year-old Alexander "AJ" Jennings, who recently moved from New York to Charleston to work as a double/stand-in for John B. (played by actor Chase Stokes), was struck by two vehicles as he walked along Sol Legare Road, a main thoroughfare on James Island, between 2:30 and 3 a.m..

The incident did not occur during filming or on location.

According to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office (CCSO), Jennings was hit first by one vehicle, which fled the scene, and another vehicle, which also fled, but was later located in downtown Charleston by officers with the Charleston Police Department.

Kimmie Stewart Casting, the casting agency of the show, remembered Jennings in a Facebook post:

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