The Bear season 3: everything we know about the hit Hulu show's return

 Carmy looks stressed in his restaurant's kitchen in The Bear season 2, the predecessor to The Bear season 3.
Carmy looks stressed in his restaurant's kitchen in The Bear season 2, the predecessor to The Bear season 3.

The Bear season 3: key information

- Greenlit in early November
- Filming has been ongoing since late February
- Key cast all expected to return
- No trailer or official plot details yet
- Should pick up plot threads from previous two seasons
- Cast have teased what they'd like to see in season 3
- Season 4 is reportedly in development

The Bear season 3 is set to whet the appetites of fans of the deliciously dramatic and fruitfully funny series. The critically-acclaimed Hulu show (currently available on Disney Plus internationally) has landed numerous prizes for its powerhouse second season, and is just reward for how good The Bear truly is.

Ahead of The Bear serving up its third season later this year though, what do we know about it? We've rounded up everything we’ve heard so far on the Jeremy Allen White-fronted prestige series, including its possible release date, cast details, story specifics, and more. While you wait for the next course to be served up, you may want to stream one of these six intense dramas if you're hungry for similar genre fare. Full spoilers follow for The Bear season 1 & 2. Potential spoilers for The Bear season 3 are also discussed.

The Bear season 3 release date: what we know

While The Bear season 3 doesn’t have a specific release date, we do know the month it’ll land. The Bear season 3 is set to make its Hulu return in June return and there’s "no doubt" you can stream all episodes on day one. After being greenlit by FX (its production company) in November 2023 – and, given how brilliantly juicy it is, The Bear season 3 is thoroughly deserved, in our view.

So, when can we expect to see what the cast and crew have been cooking up for two of the world's best streaming services? Fortunately, we do know that the cast and crew officially began filming in late February. Speaking to Brit + Co during the 2024 SAG Awards, Matty Matheson, The Bear’s producer and handyman, Neil Fak, said: "It’s just heads down, full hearts. We’re just back in Chicago, weather’s kind of nice. Big scripts, big scenes, cameras are on and we’re ready."

Seasons 1 and 2 were shot in February 2022 and February 2023 respectively, with principal photography wrapping on April 28 and March 31. Both seasons aired in June 2022 and June 2023, too, meaning there wasn't a significant gap between the end of filming and new episodes landing in our laps. The Bear season 3 looks set to walk a similar development path, as we can expect it to arrive in June 2024. With the actual date to follow, we'll update this section once we know for sure.

The Bear season 3 cast: likely and rumored

A screenshot of Carmy working in a kitchen as other people look on in The Bear
A screenshot of Carmy working in a kitchen as other people look on in The Bear

Potential spoilers for The Bear seasons 1 and 2 incoming.

Given how season 2 ended, we expect the following cast to return for The Bear season 3:

  • Jeremy Allan White as Carmen 'Carmy' Berzatto

  • Ayo Edebiri as Sydney Adamu

  • Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Richard 'Richie' Jerimovich

  • Abby Elliott as Natalie 'Sugar' Berzatto

  • Lionel Boyce as Marcus

  • Liza Colón-Zayas as Tina

  • Matty Matheson as Neil Fak

  • Edwin Lee Gibson as Ebraheim

  • Oliver Platt as Uncle Jimmy

  • Chris Witaske as Pete

The actors listed above are the show's stalwarts, but there are sure to be plenty more A-listers joining as guest stars in season 3, especially off the back of The Bear sweeping the comedy-centric categories at this year's Primetime Emmys and Golden Globes.

Jamie Lee Curtis, Molly Gordon, Bob Odenkirk, Will Poulter, Olivia Colman, Sarah Paulson, Jon Bernthal, and Gillian Jacobs are just some of the big names who've taken up guest roles in The Bear. With Gordon playing Carmy’s love interest Claire (a question mark hangs over their romantic dalliance, given how season 2 ended), Jamie Lee Curtis portraying Carmy's mom Donna, and Jon Bernthal cameoing in multiple flashbacks as his late brother Mikey, there are some opportunities for some of these individuals to reprise their roles in the third season.

We'll have to wait and see if any of the above return, but we'd love to *ahem* feast our eyes on them in future seasons.

The Bear season 3 plot speculation

Carmy and Richie have an argument in The Bear
Carmy and Richie have an argument in The Bear

The Bear season 3's plot is being kept under lock and key right now, but we can take a look at some season 2 plotlines to speculate on where its successor could go. 

Major spoilers follow for The Bear season 2. Turn back now or skip ahead (using the navigation bar on the left side of the page) if you haven't watched it in full.

Richie is shown how to make a new meal by Terry in The Bear season 2
Richie is shown how to make a new meal by Terry in The Bear season 2

The season 2 finale saw a triumphant opening night for Carmy’s new look restaurant, albeit an emotionally fraught event not without its issues. There was (eventually) confidence in the kitchen, punters loving the food, and characters including Richie, Tina, and Sydney cool, calm, and collected. However, in true season cliff-hanger fashion, there was also more family drama between Carmy and Richie, as well as Carmy and Claire’s relationship hanging by a thread when the former accuses the latter of ruining his focus on the restaurant, and other tension-filled issues – including Pete accidentally revealing Natalie's pregnancy to Donna – that set up some spicy story threads heading into season 3.

One particular character we learned more about in season 2 was Marcus (Lionel Boyce), with The Bear digging deeper into his life outside the kitchen, although it mainly focused on his mother’s ill health. As his confidence grew throughout the season – centered on a visit to chef Luca (Guardians of the Galaxy 3's Will Poulter) in Copenhagen leaving him truly inspired with new desert ideas – the final episode saw him miss calls from his mom’s carer, which could signify sadness and hardship for Marcus in season 3.

Speaking to Deadline in June 2022, Boyce spoke about where he'd like Marcus' arc to go next time out, saying: "I think the thing to me that is interesting to explore is just like continuing the journey of aspiring for greatness. It’s just a story of passion. All the writers do such a great job of arcing out specific stories for each character, so I’m excited to see where they’ll take it. But for me, I would love to explore that."

There’s also the seemingly simmering chemistry between Carmy and Sydney that has left viewers hypothesizing. However, Edibiri, who plays Sydney, feels that’s not where the writers are heading, telling The Hollywood Reporter: "It’s really not our thought process when we’re making the show, and I understand it can be part of a show’s culture – but I don’t think they’re going to get what they want."

One Sydney-centric relationship that might be explored more in season 3, is the one she has with her father Emmanuel (Robert Townsend). The season 2 finale revealed the pair had somewhat reconciled following Emmanuel's refusal to support Sydney's desire to become a chef. Asked whether she'd like to explore that dynamic further, Adebiri told Deadline at the Emmys: "I love the idea of Sydney finding more confidence and belief in herself, but it’s also fun getting to play someone who’s flawed and kind of a mess". Watch this space, then.

As for the fallout from Carmy and Richie's latest spat, Ebon Moss-Bachrach told Deadline on the Emmys red carpet: "They seem very far apart from the last thing, I saw. I do think the ball is in Carmy’s court. I think Richie is a very loyal friend who is a very resilient soul. Carmy seems more fragile and neurotic."

Other season 3 story threads focus on numerous character relationships, including the fallout of Carmy’s relationship with Claire, the continuous fight for The Bear’s success (now that it’s officially opened), and Uncle Jimmy’s massive loan that still needs paying back, among others.

Speaking to Digital Spy, it seems Moss-Bachrach has hopes for resolutions to some of those narratives, with a particular emphasis on The Bear becoming an established restaurant. "I'm curious to see what the day-to-day life is and if it's sustainable," he mused. "That would be a third season in my mind is like, 'Okay, so what is the new thing like?' Because they don't really get to see it too much."

The Bear season 3 trailer: is there one?

Sydney writes on a notepad as she looks at someone off screen in The Bear
Sydney writes on a notepad as she looks at someone off screen in The Bear

There’s currently no trailer for The Bear season 3. We’ll update this section once one is released, in the weeks leading up to season 3's June release date.

Where to watch The Bear

The Bear seasons 1 and 2 can be streamed on Hulu in the US, and Disney Plus in the UK and Australia. Each season dropped in its entirety on the day of their releases, so they're available to watch in full right now.

In our opinion (and in many people's views, in fact), it's one of the best Hulu shows and best Disney Plus shows around, so don't sleep on it.

Will The Bear get a fourth season?

Carmy writes down a list of ingredients in The Bear season 2
Carmy writes down a list of ingredients in The Bear season 2

We'd be surprised if The Bear season 3 is the hugely successful culinary show's final entry. It's arguably FX's biggest TV hit so, unless its quality suffers a significant drop next season, or people stop tuning in, which is very unlikely, given its recent award wins and continuing popularity, we'd expect a fourth season to follow.

Our speculation has been all-but-confirmed by Deadline. In a report published in March, multiple sources have reportedly confirmed The Bear being "picked up for a fourth season to film back to back in Chicago". We’ll have to wait for the official word from FX before we can be certain that this is the case, though.

As we mentioned, season 2 put The Bear – the restaurant, not the show – on the fine dining map. Season 3, then, should explore whether Carmy and company can battle to the very top and cement the titular eatery as one of the best restaurant experiences around. If they do, there might not be much more story or character development to cover in later seasons.

And hey, even if The Bear ends with season 3, it might be best to go out on a high. Ted Lasso only ran for three seasons on Apple TV Plus, and look at how good the adored and multi-award-winning soccer comedy-drama is. TV shows don't have to run until they've been, well, run into the ground so, if The Bear season 3 brings the series to a fitting end, we'd be far happier seeing a pleasing conclusion to a terrific TV show, rather than watch it suffer as it tries to stay relevant in the increasingly competitive TV space.

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