The Alienist: Angel of Darkness has only just released on Netflix, but fans are already wondering if and when the series will return for season 3.

For anyone who enjoys period dramas, historical events or human psychology, The Alienist is just pure television brilliance.

With superb storytelling, excellent characters and a fantastic cast of Hollywood A-listers, the first season was loved by millions of people around the world.

The second season of The Alienist, Angel of Darkness, concluded a few months ago on TNT and has just released on Netflix, but fans are already desperate to know if the series will return for a third instalment.  

The Alienist season 3: Renewal status

At the time of writing, The Alienist has not been officially renewed or cancelled by TNT, but the clues are all there that the series will indeed return for another gripping case.

The TV show is based on an ongoing series of books by Caleb Carr and the third novel in the series, which season 3 would be adapted from, is currently being written – meaning there will be plenty of source material left to use.

“We need to wait for Caleb Carr to write a third book. My understanding is that he is writing a third book so you just have to wait and see.” – The Alienist writer, Stuart Carolan.

Thankfully, The Alienist’s production team also seem quite optimistic when discussing a potential third instalment of the hit crime-drama.

Speaking recently with Collider, Luke Evans said that the characters “all have the potential to carry a storyline again, further and further – some other story, some other plot, some other twist, some other murder, some other sinister subject matter.”

There had been concerns that the steady decline in viewers on TNT that season 2 experienced may affect The Alienist’s renewal.

However, with the recent release of the second season on Netflix and subsequent hype surrounding the show, it’s highly likely that our favourite amateur detectives will have to solve another gruesome murder very soon.

The Alienist season 3: Release date

  • With the renewal status of The Alienist currently unconfirmed, the release date for the third season remains a mystery.

Aside from the issue with the renewal status, the potential release date for season 3 is limited by the production timeline.

The Alienist season 2 had an unusually long 18-month production cycle, meaning that we may not get season 3 until late-2021.

However, the biggest factor that will affect the release date is the third novel that season 3 will adapt. If Carr can write and publish the third book by the end of 2020, this could streamline the season 3 production, but if not, it could be 2022 before we get more episodes.

It is also worth noting that as The Alienist is a TNT original series, season 3 will likely premiere a few months before it is released on Netflix.

This article will be updated as soon as more information on the future of The Alienist is officially revealed, so keep checking back in!

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