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Here's Everything To Know About Sweet Magnolias Season 3

It's coming back, y'all!

by Ani Bundel
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It took almost two years, but Netflix finally released the second season of Sweet Magnolias, a show whose warmth was sorely needed in the depths of February 2022. The series, a loose adaptation of author Sherryl Woods’ novels of the same name, centers around three BFFs in Serenity, South Carolina — Maddie, Helen, and Dana Sue — through their ups, downs, and tight friendship. But with all 10 episodes of Season 2 so easy to marathon, fans are already starting to make their Sweet Magnolias Season 3 predictions, especially in light of all the Season 2 cliffhangers.

Warning: Spoilers for Sweet Magnolias Season 2 follow. Season 1 had already left fans with cliffhangers galore, including a car crash with mystery passengers inside. The answer turned out to be Maddie’s son Kyle along with his friend Nellie, but thankfully neither had life-threatening injuries.

Season 2’s finale may not have had a literal car crash; however, emotionally, it was a drive right off the road as the long-gestating question of Isaac’s paternity was finally answered. Fans may have been shook to find out Peggy was his mother, but *no one* saw Maddie’s ex-husband Bill turning out to be his father (proof, in case anyone needed it, that Maddie’s ex has always been a hot mess, even before he impregnated his mistress, Noreen). But Maddie’s life wasn’t upended just by Bill. Her new flame, Cal, also has problems, as he ended the season under arrest after a violent outburst.

While Maddie’s life spirals out of control, her BFF have their own problems. After finally moving on from Ryan for Erik, Helen has discovered herself on the end of a wedding proposal from her former flame. And though Dana Sue is trying to put her family back together by reconciling with her ex-husband, Ronnie, it’s not going to be an easy journey because someone out for revenge came by and slashed her tires.

So, Season 3 needed to happen. Thankfully, Netflix agreed.

Sweet Magnolias Season 3 Renewal & Filming Updates

On May 4, 2022, Variety reported Netflix officially had given the green light for a third season of Sweet Magnolias. Filming was confirmed to have begun on July 18, 2022.

Sweet Magnolias Season 3 Cast

Along with the news of a renewal, Variety confirmed the Sweet Magnolias Season 3 cast will again star JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Brooke Elliott, and Heather Headley, reprising their roles on the series as Maddie, Dana Sue, and Helen. Showrunner and executive producer Sheryl J. Anderson will also return to helm the new season.

Maddie’s family should also be back, including Logan Allen as Kyle, Carson Rowland as Tyler, and Bianca Berry Tarantino as Katie. Chris Klein will likely return as Maddie’s ex-husband, Bill, Justin Bruening as her maybe-about-to-be-ex-boyfriend, Cal, and Caroline Lagerfelt as Maddie’s mom, Paula. Jamie Lynn Spears may return as Bill’s ex-fiancée, Noreen, and Chris Medlin as Isaac, his long-lost son.

Over on Dana Sue’s side of the family, Anneliese Judge should be back as daughter Annie and Brandon Quinn as now-no-longer-ex-husband Ronnie. As for Helen, she will have to decide between Dion Johnstone as Erik and Michael Shenefelt as Ryan.

Sweet Magnolias Season 3 Plot

Sweet Magnolias is based on the series of novels by author Sherryl Woods, an executive producer on the show. Though Season 1 heavily followed the first book, Stealing Home, Season 2 deviated pretty hard, making it difficult to predict how Season 3 will play out. However, some major plot beats from books two and three (A Slice of Heaven and Feels Like Family) did make it in.

With no synopsis for the new season, fans can only guess how much will come from Books 4 through 6, Welcome to Serenity, Home in Carolina, and Sweet Tea at Sunrise. However, speaking to TVLine, showrunner Anderson suggested Helen’s answer to Ryan’s marriage proposal will likely kick things off: “The thing that Ryan has is the weight of history. The thing that Erik has is the promise of a new path. It was our intent to land her at that crossroads and have her grapple with what the two roads diverging. To grapple with two very different relationships and try to decide in a moment of shock and surprise which means more.”

Sweet Magnolias Season 3 Release Date & Trailer Predictions

Sweet Magnolias originally debuted in May 2020, and Season 2 in February 2022. Some of that could have been due to the ongoing Hollywood shutdowns of 2020 and 2021. But still, fans should probably anticipate at least an 18-month gap between installments, which would put a Season 3 in late summer of 2023. As for a trailer, fans will note Netflix took its sweet time releasing one for Season 2, with the official trailer only arriving a few weeks before the new season. So, it’s going to be a long time before fans see new footage.

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