The second season of HBO’s The Gilded Age concluded on December 17, 2023, neatly wrapping up some storylines while leaving others intriguingly unresolved.
Fans, eager to know if a third season was in the cards for Julian Fellowes’ historical drama, can rejoice as the answer is a resounding yes.
Here’s a comprehensive overview of what we currently know!
In the finale of season 2, Bertha Russell (Carrie Coon) triumphantly emerged as the queen of the Metropolitan Opera, engaging in a riveting battle with old-money Mrs. Astor (Donna Murphy).
Meanwhile, Marian (Louisa Jacobson) mustered the courage to decline an unsuitable engagement, Peggy (Denée Benton) resigned from her job to avoid the advances of a married man, and Agnes found herself in an elevated position.
Notably, Marian and Larry Russell (Harry Richardson) finally shared a sweet and much-anticipated kiss.
While certain storylines were left hanging, like Jack Treacher’s (Ben Ahlers) clockmaking venture, new narrative threads were initiated.
Bertha’s covert plan to marry Gladys (Taissa Farmiga) to a Duke, despite Gladys’ evident disapproval, sparked intrigue.
Additionally, a budding love story unfolded between Mrs. Bruce (Celia Keenan-Bolger) and Monsieur Baudin (Douglas Sills), evoking Downton Abbey vibes.
Producer David Crockett, in an interview with Town & Country, expressed the hopeful outlook of the cast and crew for a season 3.
He mentioned that writers are actively exchanging emails, discussing historical events they would like to incorporate into the upcoming season.
The decision for The Gilded Age’s return ultimately hinges on financial considerations.
The show is known for its lavish production, and HBO assesses the viewership relative to the budget.
Francesca Orsi, HBO’s head of drama series and films, emphasized that factors such as viewership, critical response, and the show’s buzz contribute to renewal decisions.
Despite initial concerns, HBO delivered exciting news on December 21, 2023, just five days after the season 2 finale.
The network officially announced a season 3 of The Gilded Age, putting an end to any uncertainties.
Erin Underhill, HBO’s president of universal television, expressed delight in continuing Julian Fellowes’ storytelling, acknowledging the dedication of the cast and crew.
As fans eagerly await the next installment, there’s anticipation about Ada’s empowerment, the exploration of Marian and Larry’s budding romance, and the fate of Gladys’ marriage to the seemingly dull Duke.
While there’s no confirmed release date for season 3, all episodes of seasons 1 and 2 of The Gilded Age are currently available for streaming on HBO Max.