The ‘Heartstopper’ Season 3 release date is here

Hearts: stopped. Popcorn: popped. Schedule: cleared. The next season of Heartstopper is almost here, and with its release date comes an inside look at the season, courtesy of the cast.

Season 3 will officially drop on Netflix this October. Like the previous seasons, it will have eight episodes, all written be Alice Oseman. Unlike the previous seasons, it will be directed by Andy Newbery, replacing previous director Euros Lyn.

As far as the season’s plot, the press release had the following to say: “Charlie would like to tell Nick that he loves him. Nick also has something important to say to Charlie. As the summer holiday ends and the months race on, the friends begin to realise that the school year will come with both its joys and its challenges. As they learn more about each other and their relationships, plan social events and parties and start thinking about university choices, everyone must learn to lean on those they love when life doesn’t go to plan.”

The release date announcement also comes with a behind-the-scenes video featuring the cast, including stars and fan favorites Kit Connor and Joe Locke.

“This is Episode 8,” Connor says, meaning they’re on set for the season finale. It looks like the season will end with the gang at the Truham Summer Fête, a fairground complete with carnival rides and plenty of opportunities for romance.

“Nick and Charlie have — it’s started to get more steamy,” Connor says about his character’s relationship by the end of the season. “The tension is high — like, sexual tension, love, we’re all there.”

His comment points to the more adult tone fans have been expecting from Season 3, one that creator Oseman also spoke to in a comment accompanying the release date announcement.

“Season 2 ended with Nick beginning to understand the extent of Charlie’s mental health issues, and it’s this that will drive the story through Season 3,” Oseman told Netflix. “While Heartstopper will always celebrate the joyful and point towards hope, I’m really excited that we are allowing the tone of the show to mature alongside our beloved characters growing up. Mental health, sex, university ambitions, and more: Nick, Charlie, and the Heartstopper teens are getting older, learning more about themselves and each other, and experiencing new desires, new fears, and new joys as they approach adulthood.”

Sounds like a recipe for swooning, sobbing, and all-around heartstopping television.

Heartstopper Season 3 releases this October on Netflix. Check out the release month announcement below.

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