UPDATE: Now that Season 3 has been released…tell us your opinion about Season 3 in the comments below!
By Matthew E. Owen, Contributing Movie and TV Critic for SatelliteWerx.com
UPDATE:Bloodline‘s final 10 episodes arrives on Netflix on May 26…Here is the Final Season date announcement video
“Sometimes you know something’s coming. You can feel it… in the air; in your gut. And you don’t sleep at night.” These opening words to the Netflix original series Bloodline may echo the sentiment of many fans as they wait for the final third and final season of this popular Netflix original series. It’s been a number of months since Netflix announced this Emmy nominated original drama would be canceled after it’s third season. In March of 2015, the show’s creators explained that they had up to six seasons worth of content. And, in the same interview with Variety, executive producer Todd Zelman emphasized the importance of the show’s growth over several seasons.
Bloodline | Official Trailer From Season 1 On Netflix
The second season debuted in May of 2016, and if the release pattern remains the same, season three should be right around the corner. But with no sign of an official trailer or increasing buzz, fans remain eager to learn more about the start of the next season. All current information has suggested a May 2017 release date for Season 3, but trouble within the studios could cause delays.
Bloodline is an altogether dark, enticing family drama centered on the fascinating but dysfunctional Rayburn family in the Florida Keys. The third season is rumored to center around the son of Danny Rayburn (Ben Mendelsohn), Nolan. Vice President of original programming for Netflix Cindy Holland stated that the “thoughtful and visionary storytellers” have crafted an “exciting climax” for Bloodline Season 3. This September 2016 statement to Variety also points to the original rumored release date of May 17th, but don’t hold your breadth.
Bloodline | Season 2 Official Trailer From On Netflix
It’s unclear whether or not Sony Pictures Television will try to sell the show to other networks for seasons beyond season 3. However, this might not be a possibility, if speculation towards the series cancellation has hinted at an abrupt ending to the Rayburn family that might make a season 4 impossible.
Both Netflix and Sony Pictures Television deny any bad blood or large disagreements as a source of the show’s cancellation. More logical reasons point towards the show’s budget and cost. The show takes place, and also films on location, in the Florida Keys. The state of Florida had previously offered large tax breaks to film companies encouraging creators to shoot in their state. But, after exhausting the large list of money saving tax exemptions available to them, Bloodline has become a much more costly show to produce in comparison to previous seasons. This is evident in the number of total episodes in Season 3, which is only a total of ten episodes. That’s three less than the standard thirteen episodes that Bloodline fans have become accustomed to.
While we don’t, and may never know, the definitive reasons behind Bloodline’s shortened season, or if the series ends up having a new life beyond Netflix, fans anxiously await Bloodline’s closing season on Netflix. If you haven’t heard of the show until now, or have been putting it off, now is an excellent time to catch up. The first two seasons are available in full on Netflix with 26 total episodes running around an hour each. Bloodline has received mostly positive reviews so far, receiving a 65% positive critic score and 89% positive viewer score from Rottentomatoes.com. Season 1 fared the best, earning an 80% positive critic score. Critics often cite the show’s dark and twisting narrative as high points, along with the show’s slow burn, captivating style of storytelling. It’s an intense family drama with deep characters and noteworthy performances and is one of the best that Netflix has offered. Stay tuned for Season 3 of Bloodline!