In 2015, Netflix dropped its newest original series Bloodline from creators Glenn and Todd Kessler and Daniel Zelman, better known as the trio who brought Glenn Close to TV in Damages. Both series featured what has become something of a signature storytelling device for Team Kessler-Zelman: a narrative that incorporates extreme flash forwards to generate tension around the characters’ circumstances in a way that aims to be more than a mere fill-in-the-blank structure. But while Damages manages to make the device work in its favor for five seasons, Bloodline announced last year that it would only take three seasons for its story to reach a conclusion. And the streaming giant has issued a premiere date to go along with a brand new teaser trailer.
For those who have been following the Florida-set dark family drama, season 3 will see the proverbial Rayburn chickens come home to roost. Seasons 1 and 2 followed the seemingly well-to-do clan as it dealt with the murder of Danny Rayburn, the black sheep of the family played by Emmy winner and Rogue One alum Ben Mendelsohn, and the ensuing fallout of siblings John (Kyle Chandler), Meg (Linda Cardellini), and Kevin (Norbert Leo Butz) collusion to cover up the circumstances of Danny’s death. That conspiracy has, unsurprisingly, lead to an escalating series of poor decisions pushing the Rayburn clan deeper and deeper into an untenable situation, one that the teaser suggests is going to come to a nasty conclusion.
Season 2 ended on a cliffhanger that brought another of the Rayburn kids into the killer club, a move that will likely make the holidays at their palatial resort even more awkward than they already were. Although the end of season 2 preceded the news that the series would end with season 3, the writing was pretty much on the wall. Say what you will about the way the drama has unfolded and how Mendelsohn won an Emmy for essentially playing a ghost, the show’s writers should at least be commended for burning through their storyline and not extending it past what it can reasonably support.
The teaser trailer doesn’t try to hide that fact that the Rayburns are due for some comeuppance, and it appears as though it might come from a surprising source. It looks as though mother Sally (Sissy Spacek) is looking to unburden herself, and in doing so may wind up doing her children in. At any rate, fans of Bloodline will be able to find out how it all ends next month.
Bloodline the final season premiere son May 26 only on Netflix.