Prepare yourself for a captivating journey through the twists and revelations of Dickinson's third season.
Let's unpack two points: firstly, the curtain fell on Dickinson's season 2 just as the Civil War was about to break out. Secondly, the season's final episode left many viewers astonished with the much-anticipated reunion of Sue and Emily. I must mention that the third season is already showing immense potential to be outstanding. However, since we've only just concluded season 2, a period of waiting is inevitable...
The last episode of this second season had a nice surprise in store for us with the romantic and intimate reunion between Emily (Hailee Steinfeld) and Sue (Ella Hunt).
Now, of course, who doesn’t wonder what will happen in season 3? Will they continue to see each other? Or will we be disappointed again?
Let me reassure you right away, you won’t have to wait until season 3 comes out next year to find out the answer to these questions. I did some investigating and here’s what I found out.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, showrunner Alena Smith revealed some juicy details about what’s in store for what’s in store for Emily and Sue, as well as sharing the overall story of season 3 and where the writing fits into it all.
(ALERT!!! SPOILERS COMING UP!!!)
Sue and Emily’s relationship will continue more than ever in season 3, though they still have to figure out how to live that relationship on a daily basis.
“Sue and Emily end this season more committed than they’ve ever been, and Sue, who basically realized that when she was pulling herself away from Emily, she was in danger of extinguishing her true self, I think once she comes back to her real self and realizes how close she came to that happening, she promises Emily and herself that she’s never going to betray her again.
“When we enter season three, Emily and Sue are definitely in what we would call a spiritual marriage but that doesn’t really answer any of the questions about how do you actually have a relationship that can function in any kind of sustainable way when one of them is married to the other one’s brother. It’s also the 1860s. So that becomes exactly the question that Emily and Sue are grappling with in season three. They’re both much more grown-up and in some sense more committed to each other than they’ve ever been, but they still can’t exactly figure out what a relationship could really be in terms of the day-to-day.”
Civil War will rage, bringing change and questioning throughout the new season.
“I think that season three really brings this question of in order to build a better future, you need to confront the damage of your past and that’s true for a country and a nation as much as that’s true for a family or an individual,” Smith says. “So that’s really the central theme of season three: how can we build a better society without being honest about how we got here.”
For the record, Alena Smith and her team wrote this season 3 during the 2020 election and the Capitol riots. Smith said she felt “almost a little on the nose how much the Civil War was reminding us of our own times.”
Showrunner Alena Smith and Hailee Steinfeld
The power of writing will become very important in this new season. Emily’s view of her poetry will evolve further as she realizes words can have an impact.
“Within the context of season two, we’re looking at Emily is struggling with the question of whether or not to publish her work and whether or not to pursue fame as an end in itself. Henry, who is doing huge amounts of work as a writer and publisher [and who will return in season 3] doesn’t have the option of being known for his work because his life would actually be at stake if it were to be discovered that he was publishing this underground magazine,” Smith explains. “He kind of is bringing up the question of, there has to be some kind of value to writing that goes beyond just publicity, and that is something that Emily is also going to be able to take with her into season three. Her whole relationship to writing really changes into a question of can I make a difference in the world.”
"Dickinson" season 3 is looking pretty good, what do you think?