The Bear season 3 release date news and everything we know

Jeremy Allen White as Carmen 'Carmy' Berzatto in The Bear, who would most likely be back for The Bear season 3
(Image credit: Frank Ockenfels/FX)

We're hungry for The Bear season 3 — and FX has received our order. The network has officially greenlit the acclaimed dramedy for season 3. That means we'll get another helping of  Carmy, Syd, Richie, Sugar, Tina, Marcus and the rest of the gang again. They should return in 2024, as long as the SAG-AFTRA strike gets resolved in the near future. 

The Bear season 2 is one of the best TV shows of the year. This installment of episodes followed the behind-the-scenes drama as the crew transformed The Original Beef of Chicagoland into a high-end establishment that's far from the greasy-spoon institution where we first met its cast.

So, what should you expect from The Bear season 3? We've got all the details below, including when we expect one of the best Hulu shows to come back.

Is The Bear season 3 confirmed?

(l, r) Jeremy Allen White as Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto, Abby Elliot as Natalie “Sugar” Berzatto in The Bear, both would most likely be back for The Bear season 3

(Image credit: Chuck Hodes/FX)

FX and Hulu announced the renewal of The Bear season 3 on Nov. 6.

It was no surprise. The network and service had previously boasted that viewership numbers for the second season were up 70% over season 1, and that the series was FX's most-watched Hulu premiere yet. 

The Bear season 3 release date window

Jeremy Allen White and Ayo Edibiri in The Bear season 2

(Image credit: FX on Hulu)

As of now, The Bear season 3 is slated to premiere sometime in 2024. 

If everything in Hollywood was operating normally, we'd expect The Bear season 3 release date in summer 2024. After all, seasons 1 and 2 each came out in June of subsequent years. 

That said, the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike has thrown wrench into many television and movie productions. Unless it's resolved soon, summer might be too ambitious. Fall or winter 2024, or possibly later, might be more likely.

The Bear season 3 cast

(l, r) Jeremy Allen White as Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto, Abby Elliot as Natalie “Sugar” Berzatto in The Bear, both would most likely be back for The Bear season 3

(Image credit: Chuck Hodes/FX)

We expect all of the main staff of The Bear itself, plus many of their friends and family back when The Bear season 3 returns. A lot of the potential returns depend on which characters that only had one-episode cameos return, so we're dividing this menu into two halves. 

First, we've got the folks we expect to see back next season, starting with the folks responsible for the restaurant and their loved ones:

  • Jeremy Allen White as Carmen "Carmy" Berzatto
  • Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Richard "Richie" Jerimovich
  • Ayo Edebiri as Sydney Adamu
  • Lionel Boyce as Marcus Brooks
  • Liza Colón-Zayas as Tina Marrero
  • Abby Elliott as Natalie "Sugar" Berzatto
  • Matty Matheson as Neil Fak
  • Oliver Platt as Jimmy "Cicero" Kalinowski, uncle of Carmy and Sugar
  • Edwin Lee Gibson as Ebraheim
  • Corey Hendrix as Gary "Sweeps" Woods
  • Chris Witaske as Pete
  • Jon Bernthal as Michael "Mikey" Berzatto
  • Jamie Lee Curtis as Donna Berzatto
  • Robert Townsend as Emmanuel Adamu

Then, there's the folks whose returns don't feel like givens:

  • Molly Gordon as Claire
  • Joel McHale as Carmy's old executive chef
  • Will Poulter as Luca
  • Bob Odenkirk as "Uncle" Lee Lane
  • Sarah Paulson as Michelle Berzatto
  • John Mulaney as Steven
  • Gillian Jacobs as Tiffany Jerimovich
  • Ricky Staffieri as Theodore Fak
  • Olivia Colman as Chef Terry

The Bear season 3 plot: What's going to happen next?

Jeremy Allen White as Carmen 'Carmy' Berzatto in The Bear, who would most likely be back for The Bear season 3

(Image credit: Chuck Hodes/FX)

You wouldn't be making a huge leap to think that The Bear season 3 would begin with the restaurant open to the public. The Bear just concluded its second season with "friends-and-family night," essentially a preview of the restaurant to faces that could or would forgive mistakes. You know, the mistakes that would come when Carmy (Jeremy Allen White) is stuck in the walk-in freezer.

That night saw Claire (Molly Gordon) leave Carmy after hearing a speech that wasn't meant for her. Stuck in the freezer, Carmy thought he was talking to Tina when explaining how he's been distracted and doesn't believe he deserves to be in a relationship.

Molly Gordon as Claire in The Bear

(Image credit: Chuck Hodes/FX)

As for what else is going on, Sydney (Ayo Edebiri) is dealing with the immense stress created by her own expectations, and likely wants to move out on her own and stop living with her father (Robert Townsend). 

Sugar (Abby Elliott) seems on the verge of giving birth, though she and Pete (Chris Witaske) haven't mentioned a due date yet. For her sake, we hope to see more of Donna (Jamie Lee Curtis), Sugar and Carmy's mother who is emotionally incapable of seeing her children at this moment.

Jamie Lee Curtis as Donna in The Bear

(Image credit: Chuck Hodes/FX)

The newly-suited Richie (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) will continue adapting to his new responsibilities and love of service. His wanted to rekindle things with his ex-wife Tiffany (Gillian Jacobs), but she's getting married to Frank.

Sadly, though, Marcus appears to have bad news to handle, as his mother's caretaker was desperately trying to reach him, as evidenced by the notifications on his phone.

Overall, though, the success of the newly opened The Bear will likely be the biggest story for The Bear season 3. Especially since they owe Cicero (Oliver Platt) for those loans.

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Kelly Woo
Streaming Editor

Kelly is the streaming channel editor for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.

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