A trailer for the upcoming new season of Designated Survivor has been released. The Kiefer Sutherland-starring political thriller is set to return for a 10-episode third season on June 7, premiering on Netflix along with the first two seasons of the show which are also being made available for streaming.
The series follows Tom Kirkman (Sutherland), a low-ranking member of the US Cabinet who is unexpectedly thrust into the top job after an explosion during the State of the Union Address kills everyone ahead of him in the presidential line of succession. As he struggles to take on responsibilities he was never prepared for, he must do all he can to keep the country together, as well as his own family, while those responsible for the attack are hunted down.
A trailer for the upcoming third season of Designated Survivor has been released by Netflix. The second season ended with Tom facing a campaign for re-election, and season three will delve deeper into precisely what that entails. The competitive world of political campaigning will be explored in all its cutthroat glory, leading to Tom questioning if he has the requisite ruthlessness to play the game at the same level as his opponents. He also tries to address the issue of the millions of people who feel disenfranchised by the system he has acknowledged as being broken, and feels a responsibility to try to fix. Watch the Designated Survivor season 3 trailer below.
Designated Survivor previously aired on ABC for two seasons, running from 2016 to 2018, before being cancelled due to declining ratings and an unusually high turnover of showrunners. Netflix stepped in four months later with an announcement that they were picking up the series, giving hope to the fans who remained loyal to the show. This isn’t the first time that Netflix has offered lifelines to struggling shows, either, having also renewed the varied likes of Arrested Development, Lucifer and The Killing for additional seasons after they were dropped by their original homes.
The trailer promises more of what the show has previously delivered, in particular, continuing the primary theme of a man trying to maintain his ideals and do the right thing while he is constantly having his sense of morality tested by the murky world of politics. It’s a setup that has a lot of potential for exploration, especially in our modern world where people are cynical of the motives of those in power, untrusting of the media sworn to keep them informed, and quick to dismiss facts and information with which they disagree. Throughout the twists and turns of its content, Designated Survivor has always had politics at its heart, and season 3 looks to be a solid continuation of that tradition.