The 2-year wait for Luther season 3 will be over this fall, as BBC America has announced that Neil Cross’s fan-favorite series will be returning on September 3 with a week marathon of all 4 episodes - and what’s more, some plot details of this upcoming season were also included.
In BBC America’s press release, it was announced that Luther season 3 will air from September 3-6 at 10pm, essentially turning the short-season show into its own miniseries. What all will happen in the highly-anticipated episodes is still unknown, but the plot description below hints at a few things:
John Luther, the near-genius detective struggling to cope with his own demons, is back under intense pressure – with two conflicting crimes to investigate and a ruthless ex-cop determined to bring him down. Luther’s life is his job, that is until love crosses his path and offers him a chance of happiness. Sienna Guillory (“Resident Evil,” “Love Actually”) joins the cast as Mary, a woman who works in a vintage clothing shop and meets Luther in a chance encounter. But is Mary ready to accept Luther’s past? And can Luther leave it behind?
After playing a deadly game of fire with a psychopath in the season 2 finale, it appears that season 3 will introduce a new love interest to help Luther explore – and deal with - some of the darker aspects of his intense personality, which will, in turn, allow audiences to get a peek inside the psyche of everyone’s favorite brilliant madman. Of course, with Luther having to deal with “two conflicting crimes” at the same time, this upcoming season won’t all be about love, as this intriguing pair of cases will certainly bring out the best and worst in Luther.
Luther season 2 was a bit of a hit-or-miss compared to the series’ first season; however, with Cross having much more time to work on this new season, compared to last, as well as Idris Elba slowly taking over Hollywood through films, the reunion of this duo in season 3 can now be seen as something they both want to do, not have to do - especially Elba – and the strength of the storyline for this season likely reflects their decision to continue John Luther's tale.
Still September 3 is quite a ways away, so it’s safe to assume that the BBC will finish airing the entire season across the pond before the summer is over. So if you’re interested in catching Luther’s mini-series marathon on BBC America, be careful of what you read in the coming months.
Luther season 3 premieres September 3 @10pm on BBC America