Tony's struggle with loss and grief continues to season 3. Here's all we know!
The struggle of living after losing someone you love is such a relatable narrative. Perhaps, this is what made After Life so successful.
The British series effectively injected humor in tackling the painful issue. After successfully snatching the number 1 spot since its season 2 release on Netflix, can we expect more to come?
Here's everything you need to know.
Netflix has officially renewed After Life for season 3 just less than two weeks after season 2's premiere!
NEWS: After Life will return for season 3.— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) May 6, 2020
After Life season 2 landed on Netflix on 24 April 2020, and Netflix renewed the show for season 3 on 6 May 2020.
This is impressive, considering Netflix often takes around a month to decide whether to give a show another go or not. This is even a faster response compared to season 1. After Life season 1 landed on the streaming platform on 8 March 2019. Everyone waited for at least a month before Netflix finally announced the show's renewal for season 2 on 3 April 2019.
The British black comedy-drama series about a widower who struggles to continue living after losing his wife to breast cancer managed to dodge Netflix's infamous curse of axing shows after two seasons, thanks to the enormous support from the fans.
After Life lead star Ricky Gervais was one of the first people to share the big news to his fans.
Because so many of you watched #AfterLife2 so quickly and made it Number 1 again, the nice people at @Netflix have suggested that I get off my fat arse and do another season. This is all your fault. pic.twitter.com/NDD2gGnFXx— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) May 6, 2020
The 59-year-old actor has already expressed his willingness to play Tony again for season 3, as long as people demand it.
Speaking to Radio Times, the actor said: "I wouldn't do it for the sake of it. I wouldn't do it just to get paid, or because they [Netflix] want another three hours on their platform. It's got to be that people really want more."
After Life Season 2 ended with Tony still struggling to cope up with grief.
Although we've seen a significant improvement in his character from season 1, we saw Tony realizing how much he owes his friends for supporting him through his dark days. He decided it's time to be kind and became determined to return the favor by helping his friends too.
Just as when everything was starting to take a good turn, Tony receives another devastating news of his father's death. Towards the finale, Tony asked for space from his friends and contemplated what it means to move on.
In season 3, we are expecting to see Tony's character develop more as grief knocks him down on his feet again. Will he go back to square one? We'll see on season 3.
Netflix is yet to announce a release date, but judging by the show's previous seasons, there's a huge chance it will release by Spring 2021.
Of course, the Coronavirus pandemic is still an imminent factor in causing delays, so things are still pretty uncertain for now.
We can expect all our favorite cast members to reprise their roles for After Life season 3.
These include Ricky Gervais as Tony Johnson, Penelope Wilton as Anne, Ashley Jensen as Emma, Tom Basden as Matt, Tony Way as Lenny, David Earl as Brian, Joe Wilkinson as Pat, Mandeep Dhillon as Sandy, Jo Hartley as June, Roisin Conaty as Roxy, Diane Morgan as Kath, and Ethan Lawrence as James.
It's not clear whether we will still see more of David Bradley as Tony's father, Ray, after his death in season 2, although he might still reappear through home video footage like Tony's wife, Lisa (Kerry Godliman).
Peter Egan was introduced in season 2 as Paul, owner of the Tambury Gazette, and a possible love interest for Anne so that he might be part of season 3 too.
Of course, After Life would not be complete without Anti as Tony's dog, Brandy.
Netflix often drops trailers a month before the show's premiere. It's going to take a while before we could lay our eyes on that. In the meantime, we will leave you with season 2's trailer to refresh your memories of After Life.