Netflix announces it has renewed the apocalyptic Scandinavian series The Rain for season 3, which will also serve as the show’s last. The announcement comes not long after season 2 of the series was made available to American audiences, continuing the story of two Danish siblings, Simone (Alba August) and Rasmus (Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen), as they wander a world left decimated by a deadly virus that was contracted through contact with the rain. While the title may have been a little on the nose, the series proved to be a rare YA story that banked on hope instead of nihilism, making for an interesting alternative to the usual end-of-the-world scenario.
The series is also filled with plenty of twists, many of which involve the truth behind the deadly virus and the degree to which Simone and Rasmus’s father was involved in its creation and implementation. And even more involve other survivors, such as the group of teens the siblings find themselves traveling with and uncovering more about the true nature of the plague that maybe hasn’t wiped out humankind to the degree they previously thought. Along the way, there are some interesting developments in terms of Rasmus’s reaction to the outside world, and what becomes him after he’s exposed to various elements.
The news of The Rain’s renewal came in the form of a tweet from Netflix that confirmed season 3 would also see the series come to an end. It also featured an ominous-looking image of Rasmus along with the tagline “You can’t survive alone.” Check out the tweet and a synopsis of the series below:
"The world as we know it has ended. Six years after a brutal virus carried by the rain wipes out almost all humans in Scandinavia, two Danish siblings emerge from the safety of their bunker to find all remnants of civilization gone. Soon they join a group of young survivors and together set out on a danger-filled quest through an abandoned Scandinavia, searching for any sign of life.
Set free from their collective past and societal rules, the group has the freedom to be who they want to be. In their struggle for survival, they discover that even in a post-apocalyptic world there’s still love, jealousy, and many of the coming of age dilemmas they thought they’d left behind with the disappearance of the world they once knew.”
The decision to end The Rain after season 3 appears to be in keeping with many of Netfix’s decisions as of late, though unlike Santa Clarita Diet, American Vandal, One Day at a Time, and Marvel’s Netflix series, this show at least gets to go out on its own terms. That puts it in company with Dark, another of the streamer’s high-concept international series that will call it a day after season 3. In doing so, Netflix apparently will save some cash before cast contracts kick in that would see their salaries raised, but it also keeps the streaming giant flush with new content for eager viewers and an ever-growing library of shows for those who haven’t quite gotten around to series like The Rain.
The Rain seasons 1 & 2 are currently available to stream on Netflix.