Season 2 of My Brilliant Friend concludes on Sky Atlantic on July 10th but will there be a season 3 of the critically acclaimed Italian series?

Thanks to its long-running association with HBO, Sky Atlantic has been able to bring us a huge array of captivating drama series over the years.

The latest collaboration between the networks has brought My Brilliant Friend to our screens which has recently returned for its long-awaited second season.

However, after starting on June 19th, the second season has now wound its way to its conclusion and, as a result, many of the show’s fans will undoubtedly be wondering if the series will return for a third instalment.

My Brilliant Friend season on Sky Atlantic

Season 2 of My Brilliant Friend originally aired in Italy back in February, before following on HBO in the US in May. UK viewers have seemingly been among the last to catch season 2 after making its debut on Sky Atlantic on June 19th.

The eight-episode series, subtitled The Story of a New Name, continues the story of Lenù and the recently married Lila and tells the next chapter of their lives in 1950s Naples.

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Season 3 renewal status and release date

Fans of My Brilliant Friend will be delighted to know that…

  • My Brilliant Friend has been confirmed to run for a third season.

Season 3 was confirmed on April 30th, while season 2 was still airing on HBO.

Speaking to Vulture, HBO executive Francesca Orsi said:

“The fact that viewers and critics alike have continued to embrace Elena and Lila’s story makes it all the more gratifying, and we thank the entire team led by Saverio Costanzo for their outstanding work on the second season. We cannot wait to tell the next chapter of Elena and Lila’s lives and friendship.”

Between seasons 1 and 2 of My Brilliant Friend on Rai 1 and HBO, there was a gap of around 15-to-16 months while Sky Atlantic viewers had to wait 18 months for season 2

If there was a similar wait between seasons 2 and 3, we could expect to see season 3 arrive late 2021 or early 2022.

However, given the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, it is entirely possible that the show’s filming and release schedule has been hit with delays.

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Potential plot

My Brilliant Friend is based on the Neopolitan Novel series by Italian author, Elena Ferrante.

Season 1 was based on the book My Brilliant Friend while season 2 is based on The Story of a New Name.

Season 3, therefore, is expected to cover the story in Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay which sees Lenù and Lila’s friendship tested more than ever as the duo’s respective love lives are put under increasing strain.

In total, there are four books in the Neopolitan Novel series so we could eventually see up to four seasons of the My Brilliant Friend show.

Until then, season 2 of My Brilliant Friend concludes on Sky Atlantic, with episodes 7 and 8, on July 10th, 2020.

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