After what feels like a very long wait, but actually wasn’t, Netflix has FINALLY announced the release date for season 3 of their science fiction time travel series Travelers. Prior seasons of the show, which stars Eric McCormack, were shown weekly on the Canadian network Showcase before being released all at once to the rest of the world on Netflix. After Showcase decided to back out of its part in producing Travelers season 3, Netflix took over production completely, so everyone will get the show at the same time this year.
And when will that be? I’ll let the Travelers Twitter do the honors:
Only one month to go until midnight Pacific time on December 14th!! Canadians are getting the show a little later than before, but the rest of us are getting it almost two weeks earlier. Get your holiday preparations done early kids, so you’ll have time to binge watch!
Most of the regular and recurring cast members are expected to return for season 3, including regulars Eric McCormack as Grant MacLaren, Mackenzie Porter as Marcy Warton, Nesta Cooper as Carly Shannon, Jared Abrahamson as Trevor Holden, Reilly Dolman as Phillip Pearson, and Patrick Gilmore as David Mailer. Recurring cast members include J. Alex Brinson as Jeff Conniker, Leah Cairns as Kathryn MacLaren, Chad Krowchuk as Simon, Arnold Pinnock as Walt Forbes, Jennifer Spence as Grace Day, and Ian Tracey as Ray Green. We can probably also expect to see more of Season 2 additions Amanda Tapping and Enrico Colantoni at some point. Magda Apanowicz (Continuum, Caprica) also joins the cast.
Eric McCormack directed episode 1. I haven’t found an episode count yet, so let’s assume 12ish.
Netflix’s official description of season 3:
The third season of “Travelers” finds Grant MacLaren and his team of highly-trained operatives from the future pushed to the limit and dealing with themes of loyalty, trust, death, and the ever-growing power of Artificial Intelligence. With their existence now leaked to the world, the team must find a way to keep knowledge of the Travelers program from the general public, while continuing to perform missions under the watchful eye of the FBI. Each team member will face their own personal breaking point, all while trying to stop the Faction, hunt down elusive Traveler 001, and to save the world from a terrible future.
Sounds like things are about to get complicated. Those themes of loyalty and trust are intriguing. Is Perrow/Vincent/001 still masterminding a civil war while having gone deeper into hiding? Or is the Faction still all about the body swapping? Who has custody of the machine Vincent and Simon used to swap bodies in the final episode of season 2? And who/what is the Artificial Intelligence (note the capitalization in the description) that is so dangerous? Are early versions of the Director being invented and tested already?
Full Season 3 Poster:
Protocol 1: The mission comes first.
Protocol 2: Leave the future in the past. Don’t jeopardize your cover.
Protocol 3: Don’t take a life. Don’t save a life. Unless otherwise directed.
Protocol 4: Do not reproduce.
Protocol 5: In the absence of direction, resume your host’s life.
Protocol 6: Traveler teams should stay apart unless instructed otherwise.