The Twilight Zone season 2 may have only just premiered, but fans of the anthology series are already looking forward to a possible third instalment.
When it comes to classic science fiction television shows, The Twilight Zone is one of the shows that come to mind.
In 2019, the mind-boggling anthology series returned for a reboot on CBS with a new narrator (Jordan Peele), new guest stars and new stories to tell.
Season 2 of The Twilight Zone may have only just been released, but fans are already wondering if and when the show will be returning for a third instalment.
The Twilight Zone season 3: Renewal status
- At the time of writing, The Twilight Zone has not been renewed for a third season, nor has it been cancelled by CBS.
This may surprise many fans, considering that the show was renewed for season 2 around halfway through the release of season 1.
Whilst the reception to social media has been mostly positive from fans, season 2 currently sits at a measly 50% on Rotten Tomatoes with Metacritic similarly scoring a 57 / 100.
Speaking on the first three episodes, IndieWire’s Kristen Lopez said: “These episodes certainly feel more strongly written than Season 1, and if the editing tightens up like it did before, these new entries could be amazing.” Although, she also gave the season a resounding B- grad too.
Hopefully, we will get an official announcement from CBS within the next few weeks when the audience size and more viewer feedback can be analysed.
The Twilight Zone season 3: Release date
- With no official confirmation of renewal, there is no information on when a potential third season could be released.
There were approximately 13 months between the finale for season 1 and the premiere for season 2, indicating we could see a return to the zone by August 2021. However, this is all dependent on if and when the show is renewed.
The Twilight Zone is one of the classic American television franchises, so whilst CBS may not be keen to officially cancel the show, they want to give the writers longer in order to produce more compelling episodes.
Playing devil’s advocate, there is also a possibility that the global coronavirus pandemic could cause some series production delays – especially considering some of the filming locations we have seen in season 2.
The Twilight Zone season 3: Episode ideas
Let’s be honest, there is no point in putting any money on predicting potential episode topics for The Twilight Zone, but that’s what makes the show so awesome, the unpredictability.
However, if we have to make some predictions, there is an argument that season 3 could take inspiration from some of the insane events that 2020 has brought us so far.
The five most obvious cases here would be a global pandemic, uncertain political landscapes, environmental disaster, the threat of WW3 and police brutality.
Although these are by no means solid predictions. Similar to shows like Black Mirror, The Twilight Zone may take inspiration from the real world, but the induvial storylines are so unique that prior prediction is near-impossible.
I guess we’ll have to wait and see what the zone brings in the future.