After two seasons of mysterious investigation drama, will they continue it to The Alienist season 3 or will they just cancel the show?
Premiered on TNT (Tell Me Your Secrets) on January 21, 2018, this American crime drama series is based on a book with the same title, published in 1994, and written by Caleb Carr. He is also a writer who won Anthony Award Winning. The second season followed on July 19, 2020, which is based on the novel The Angel of Darkness.
This follows the story of a group of New York’s detectives in mid-1980s who investigate a serial killer who murders children in the street. This series also has some historical aspects, including the character of Theodore Roosevelt who at that time is a police commissioner.
With the brilliant names on the cast list, as well as the great storyline and execution, The Alienist largely gets positive reviews. IMDB gives it 7.7 out of 10 scores, while Rotten Tomatoes gives it 77% critics’ review and 80% average audience score.
In the first season, we can see a series of murders of young boys in New York in 1986. Theodore Roosevelt as the police commissioner, gathers a psychiatrist (or also called an Alienist) Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, an illustrator John Moore, and Theodore Roosevelt’s secretary Sara Howard to do the investigation.
While in the second season, sets one year later, the gang returns to solve kidnapping cases. Sara opens her own detective firm, while Kreizler becomes a reporter in The New York Times.
At the end of the second season, we can see that the team is separated and they go their own way. Kreizer moves to Vienna with Karen Stratton, John Moore is having a baby with his fiance Violet, and Sara has her own detective firm. So will they get back together again if there is The Alienist season 3?
When Will We See The Alienist Season 3?
So when will we see the three of them back in action in The Alienist season 3?
Well, up until now, there is no official announcement regarding the third installment. But we know that the original network did not renew the contract for season three, so the chance is bleak here.
Even if they somehow decided to continue the series and the production starts at the end of 2021, we can expect to see The Alienist season 3 in mid or late 2022 at the earliest. The pandemic COVID-19 has also been a problem for many productions as well.
Although it hasn’t been green lit by the creators, fans should not be too disheartened since they hasn’t officially canceled the show either, so there is still a glimpse of hope.
The Alienist Season 3: Possible Plot
So if somehow The Alienist season 3 is confirmed, what would happen?
Well, the third book of Caleb Barr with the title Surrender, New York, is very different to the story in the previous books. It sets in the present day instead of the 19th century. And also, it follows the story of Dr. Trajan Jones and his controversial methods. There is not much connection of this story to the previous ones, except that Dr. Trajan is an expert about the work and the life of Dr. Laszlo Kreizler.
In 2017, it is reported that the book is commissioned to be the series from Fox. If that is true, then the series can fall into the new hands, and that could be interesting.
But we still need an official confirmation about that. If they decided not to adapt the third book into screen, then the creators may need to come up with a whole new story.
Who Will Be The Cast?
If they turn out adapt Surrender, New York to be The Alienist season 3, then the main protagonist most likely will change as well. However, the cast from the previous series can still appear in the flashback scenes.
That includes Daniel Brühl as Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, Luke Evans as John Schuyler Moore, Dakota Fanning as Sara Howard, Brian Geraghty as Theodore Roosevelt, and many others.
However, if they come up with a new story, we cannot really predict who will be the new cast in The Alienist season 3.