Foundation landed on Apple TV on September 24, 2021 premiering two episodes, so when is episode 3 and how many are there in total?

Calling all sci-fi fans – oh, have Apple TV Plus got a treat for you.

Initially a project by Sony a decade ago, and by HBO five years ago, Apple TV have become the chosen ones to bring Foundation to life, thanks to their huge budget.

Based on the book series by Isaac Asimov, Jared Harris portrays Hari Seldon as he establishes a group called the Foundation, to prevent the fall of the Galactic Empire through the development of psychohistory.

With the first two episodes reportedly costing the same as a movie, viewers have commended the show as “eye candy”, but the storyline is questionable.

You can be the judge as you dive deeper into the show, so when is the next episode released?

Foundation episode 3 release date and total episodes

Episode 3, titled The Mathematician’s Ghost, is set to be premiere on Apple TV Plus on Friday, October 1st, 2021, meaning that the series will be releasing weekly Friday episodes.

 Yahoo reports that season 1 will have a total of 10 episodes, and if one drops weekly, we can expect the finale to premiere on Friday, November 19, 2021.

More seasons may be on the way if it is up to creator David S. Goyer: he hopes that the extensive stories of Foundation can be told over 80 episodes, meaning that if season 1 is a success, seven more are a possibility.

Series 13 Trailer | Doctor Who

Series 13 Trailer | Doctor Who

How does Foundation differ from the books?

*Warning: spoilers ahead*

Emperor Cleon

In the first two episodes, The Hobbit actor Lee Pace portrays Brother Day, one of the clones of Emperor Cleon, and it’s clearly one of the biggest changes from the original books. Cassian Bilton appear as Brother Dawn and Terrence Mann as Brother Dusk.

Episode 1 is based on the “The Psychohistorians”, where Cleon does not appear. He shows up in the prequels to Foundation but not as genetic clones of himself. There’s actually no concept of cloning in the books, but given the sheer depth of the series, it makes sense to have different versions of himself to keep TV interesting.

Character changes

Hari’s son Raych Seldon, portrayed by Alfred Enoch, and Cleon’s aide Eto Demerzel (Laura Birn) do not appear in “The Psychohistorians”; they are featured in the prequels though. We predict that Goyer chose to include them in his adaptation to expand Foundation’s character cast since the original really only features Hari and Lou Llobell’s character, Gaal Dornick, who has also been gender-swapped for the show.

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Episodes 1 and 2 of Foundation are available on Apple TV+ now.

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