One of the most celebrated shows of the year has been Aziz Ansari's artful, cinematic second season of Master of None. The Netflix series debuted an immersive and gorgeous new season in May, which has gone on to be cited by critics and viewers alike as one of the best shows of 2017. The new season is now heading into the Emmys with three nominations, but for fans of the show, the real question everyone's thinking is when does Master of None Season 3 premiere? There's so many reasons the anticipation is so high for a new season, but unfortunately, we may have to wait a while for new episodes.
Master of None fans will probably be waiting quite a bit before a third season pops up in their Netflix queue. The streaming service actually hasn't even officially picked the show up for another season yet, although it's a pretty sure thing that it will since it's become such a popular and praised series for the network. The real sticking point is how much work each season takes to create. Aziz Ansari told GQ last month he looks at the seasons of his show as his babies, and it's going to take more time and personal experiences before he feels ready to start working on a third season.
I just feel like I've said a lot. Especially if you look at it — instead of two seasons of a TV show — as, like, seven movies. I mean, those two seasons are really personal, and it's a lot of content, a lot of ideas. Now I need a minute to refill my notebook. My life has not progressed enough for me to write season three yet.
Obviously, this makes it hard to speculate when fans can expect Season 3, but if it follows the release schedule of the first two seasons, the best guess would be sometime in November of 2018. There was a year and a half between the releases of Season 1 in November of 2015 and Season 2 in May of 2017, so another year and a half would give us about a little over a year to wait. That may seem like a long time to wait, especially since Season 2 has fans so hyped for more episodes for a number of reasons:
1. That Cliffhanger
The biggest reason we're hungry for more Master of None is to get resolution for that major cliffhanger the Season 2 finale left us with. Obviously, don't read on if you haven't finished the second season yet... The main story of the recent season was Dev's whirlwind romance with Italian pasta-maker Francesca. Although she's engaged to another man back in Italy, Francesca and Dev develop a flirtation when she visits him in New York, which eventually becomes a shaky affair. In the end, Francesca tells Dev she has decided to end their romance to fly back to Italy, but the last shot of the season shows Dev and Francesca in bed together. So is Dev just imagining what it would be like if Francesca had stayed, or did she really get off that plane and come back to him? We just don't know... yet.
2. More Backstory
The best episode of Season 2 (and in my opinion, the whole series) was the standalone "Thanksgiving," which detailed the coming out story of Dev's bestie Denise from her adolescence to today. We've already seen bits of Dev's childhood in various episodes as well, but there hasn't been an in-depth exploration of Dev's other buddies Arnold or Brian yet. Maybe we'll finally see how they all became friends in the first place.
3. The Beauty
As Aziz Ansari has said, each episode of Master of None really feels more like a short film rather than an episode of television. Season 2 began with a gorgeous ode to old Italian films with a black-and-white arc in Italy, and later took viewers on a meandering but gripping tour of the diverse and varied lives of New Yorkers in an episode fully devoted to short vignettes of strangers. Master of None is clearly not afraid to take risks and experiment with styles we normally don't associate with television, so the hype for how it will top itself with surprising, vibrant new episodes next season is very real.