Following a decent wait after the breakout hit first season, Heartstopper season 2 finally premiered on Netflix in August 2023. The next chapter of Charlie and Nick’s story, along with those of all their amazing friends, left fans wanting even more from Heartstopper season 3. The season began filming in October 2023, and we're happy to announce production has wrapped!
The show, which is based on the series of graphic novels of the same name by Alice Oseman, was an instant worldwide success on Netflix thanks in part to its adoring online fandom and that of Oseman’s best-selling collection of books.
Thankfully, Netflix doesn’t appear to be getting out of the Heartstopper business anytime soon, with Heartstopper season 3 already coming to our screens sometime next year. We’re sharing everything fans need to know about the upcoming season below. The latest update was on Dec. 15, 2023.
Heartstopper season 3 is happening
When Netflix renewed Heartstopper for season 2 in May 2022, the streamer also ordered season 3 in a rare double renewal. Being so, when you finish watching season 2, you don’t have to worry about the fate of the show or whether it will be canceled. Netflix already renewed Heartstopper season 3, but we’ll have to wait a bit for its release after season 2.
Season 3 wrapped filming in December 2023
On Dec. 15, Alice Oseman and Netflix announced that filming on season 3 had wrapped just ahead of the holidays. A photo of Oseman holding the film slate between Joe Locke and Kit Connor commemorated the exciting occasion. Now that filming has been completed, it's time for post-production ahead of its eventual release later on in 2024!
On Oct. 2, 2023, Netflix announced that the third season of Heartstopper officially started production. The streaming service made the announcement with a photo of author and creator Alice Oseman holding a film slate that features the show’s title, season 3, a drawing of Nick and Charlie, and a pride flag.
Back in April 2023, What’s on Netflix reported that the third season was looking to get started on production in October 2023, and that prediction was right on the money. Even with reports of the alleged filming start date arriving prior to the dual strikes, the new season was still able to begin production on time.
In August, it was unknown if or how Heartstopper season 3 could be delayed by either the writers’ strike or the Screen Actors Guild strike. Us Weekly noted that the series is produced by the British-Australian production company See-Saw Films, which likely has ties to the British actors union Equity and would have its actors follow those guidelines. But Deadline also reported that British actors have been concerned to work during the strike, even under Equity deals, given the confusion of the terms.
On Oct. 3, Kit Connor, Joe Locke, and more cast members were spotted filming scenes at the beach, which is a well-known and anticipated sequence from the comics. Oseman shared a photo of Connor and Locke filming a scene on the beach along with their announcement post about season 3's final day of filming.
Season 3 release date predictions
Production on the new season began in October 2023 and wrapped in mid-December, allowing for the season to complete filming by the end of the year. The second season started filming in September 2022 and wrapped in December for a release in August 2023. Given this timeframe, season 3 could be released by late spring (at the earliest) or sometime in summer 2024, granted there aren’t any setbacks or delays with post-production in 2024.
On July 19, 2023, Oseman mentioned on Instagram that they were hard at work on the scripts for season 3, hinting that the writing process could very well be completed in time to make the October 2023 production start date. All things look to be going well for season 3’s production cycle, paving the way for a release next spring or summer.
Release date prediction: Summer 2024
Season 3 cast
The cast for season 3 isn’t expected to have any major shake-ups, with the entire main, supporting, and recurring cast all but locked to be back in season 3. Of course, Kit Connor and Joe Locke will be back as Nick and Charlie, as will the rest of the core cast of young actors playing their friends. Other characters will surely return in their supporting or guest roles.
Here’s who’s expected to return for Heartstopper season 3:
- Kit Connor as Nick Nelson
- Joe Locke as Charlie Spring
- William Gao as Tao Xu
- Yasmin Finney as Elle Argent
- Corinna Brown as Tara Jones
- Kizzy Edgell as Darcy Olsson
- Tobie Donovan as Isaac Henderson
- Jenny Walser as Tori Spring
- Sebastian Croft as Ben Hope
- Cormac Hyde-Corrin as Harry Greene
- Rhea Norwood as Imogen Heaney
- Fisayo Akinade as Mr. Ajayi
- Chetna Pandya as Coach Singh
- Olivia Colman as Sarah Nelson
In the penultimate episode of season 2, Ben comes to Charlie with an apology for how he treated him, but Charlie doesn’t accept. Ben tells him that he’s leaving, which will have fans wondering if Sebastian Croft is leaving the show after season 2. Again, we’ll keep fans updated as we learn more official details from Netflix, the cast, and the creator.
In November 2023, Oseman announced that Darragh Hand had officially been cast as Michael Holden in season 3. The character first appeared in Oseman's novel Solitaire as one of the book's main characters and the love interest to Charlie's older sister Tori.
In addition to characters and cast members that have been in the show from the beginning, these other cast members could also return for season 3:
- Leila Khan as Sahar
- Nima Taleghani as Mr. Farouk
- Georgina Rich as Jane Spring
- Joseph Balderrama as Julio Spring
- Momo Yeung as Yan Xu
- Bradley Richaes as James
- Bel Priestley as Naomi
- Ash Self as Felix
- Jack Barton as David Nelson
- Thibault de Montalember as Stephane Nelson
How many episodes will be in season 3?
Just like with the first two seasons, season 3 of Heartstopper is expected to contain another set of eight episodes. Keep in mind, as of October 2023, Netflix has not indicated exactly how many episodes season 3 will have, but it’s a safe bet that the third season will not break tradition with its episode count and remain in line with eight episodes.
What book will season 3 be based on?
According to Vulture, Heartstopper season 2 adapted Heartstopper, Volume 3 by Alice Oseman, and the creator-writer revealed that season 2 included new storylines not featured in the book. Being so, season 3 could be based on Heartstopper, Volume 4.
There are still two more volumes in the Heartstopper graphic novel series to come, as Oseman announced Volume 5, which is to be released in December 2023 and had been intended to be the final tome, will have a follow-up. Volume 6 arrives after the fifth volume. Fingers crossed this means many more seasons on Netflix!
Warning: Spoilers from Heartstopper season 2 beyond this point!
What happened at the end of Heartstopper season 2?
In the season 2 finale cliffhanger, Charlie struggles with deciding whether to fire off a text message to Nick saying “I love you” for the first time. Nick had been super close to saying it to Charlie in person before they had been interrupted by Nick’s mother coming home. If you read the books, you probably know what comes next, but for those who haven’t yet, the question remains: Will Charlie send the message to Nick?
Elsewhere, Elle looks primed to attend the Lambert School of Art after having her art chosen for exhibition and landing a coveted spot at the school. Being so, Tao wants to continue their relationship, especially since they officially defined their relationship with the boyfriend-girlfriend labels. Meanwhile, Tara and Darcy get even closer by saying “I love you” and learning about Darcy’s home life, and Isaac seems open to exploring possibly being asexual and aromantic.
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