After it came steaming onto our screens back in January, season 3 of Snowpiercer is nearing its end after throwing up plenty of twists, turns and surprise returns.
As such, fans of the post-apocalyptic thriller are turning their attention to the future of the series and what might come next for Layton, Wilford and everyone on the never-ending train.
Viewers of the TNT and Netflix series will be pleased to know that season 4 of Snowpiercer has already been confirmed but just what do we know about the coming instalment?
*WARNING: Spoilers ahead for Snowpiercer season 3*
Snowpiercer season 3 recap
Season 3 of Snowpiercer got underway on TNT in the US on Monday, January 24th, 2022.
The season began six months after the jaw-dropping events of season 2 as Wilford maintained a harsh rule over Big Alice while Snowpiercer had been turned into a pirate train by Layton and his small team of allies.
As the season progressed, Layton experienced a vision of a living dragon blood tree, which are only found on the Socotra archipelago off the coasts of Yemen and the Horn of Africa and set about reuniting Snowpiercer and Big Alice so they could both travel to what is believed to be one of the last hospital locations on Earth.
Layton succeeded in reuniting the two trains and locked Wilford up in the process, but faced plenty of obstacles in getting the whole crew on his side, most notably in the form of Pike who led a series of attacks against Layton for siding with Ruth, which ended in Layton killing Pike.
And after her fate was left up in the air at the end of season 2, the penultimate episode of season 3 confirmed that Melanie had managed to survive in the frozen wilderness for a whole six months and was eventually rescued when the signal of her vehicle was picked up aboard Snowpiercer.
However, Melanie’s return only spelt the beginning of fresh conflict aboard Snowpiercer as she rebelled against Layton and his plan to journey to the Horn of Africa as the tracks en route were too dangerous for the train.
In the confusion as Melanie looked to seize control of Snowpiercer from Layton, Wilford managed to poison his guards and escape from captivity.
Snowpiercer season 4 is already confirmed
One of the worst things about television is the pain of waiting for a show to get renewed once the latest season comes to an end.
Thankfully for Snowpiercer fans, however, that pain has been put to one side as the dystopian series has already been renewed for season 4.
That announcement that the show had been renewed was made way back on July 29th, 2021 as Daveed Diggs appeared in a video alongside his castmates as filming on season 3 came to an end to confirm the fate of the show.
Since the announcement was made, few details about season 3 have been revealed but according to Hollywood North Buzz, filming on season 4 of Snowpiercer is due to begin in Vancouver on March 28th, 2022 and run for just over four months until August 5th.
At this early stage, no release date has been confirmed for season 4, but as both seasons 2 and 3 have been released in January for the past two years, January 2023 seems to be a likely release window for season 4.
On March 28th, Variety reported that Snowpiercer would be getting a new showrunner for season 4 in the form of Paul Zbyszewski whose past work includes Lost and Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD while Clark Gregg and Michael Aronov were also reported to be joining the cast.
TNT bosses discuss season 4 hopes
To coincide with the announcement that Snowpiercer had been renewed for season 4, TNT’s co-heads of scripted original programming, Sam Linsky and Adrienne O’Riain spoke as part of a statement about their hopes for the coming season.
“Snowpiercer has been an incredibly successful series for us that continues to capture the imagination of viewers, grow audience and maintain strong ratings,” said the pair.
“All of our seasons embark on an emotional, unexpected ride and the well-plotted storylines will continue to evolve and remain relevant to audiences,” the statement continued. “We’re excited to keep the train running into Season 4.”
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