For All Mankind season 3 just dropped an action-packed trailer ahead of its June premiere. The Apple TV Plus space drama left off with yet another jaw-dropping time jump, one that previewed mankind's successful journey to Mars.
For All Mankind season 3 will continue the epic story that began with a provocative premise: What if the Russians landed on the moon first, before Americans? The space race never ended, and the two Cold War foes only ramped up the competition to colonize the moon ... and beyond.
For All Mankind keeps a breathtaking pace, with season 1 covering the period between 1969 through 1973. Season 2 jumps a decade in time to 1983 and culminates in an explosive finale that puts the people on Earth and on the Moon in danger of complete annihilation. The ending fast forwards to 1995, when the first astronauts sets foot on Mars.
And now the show is fast-forwarding once again, which means a new president, new faces in the astronaut program, new missions and new challenges.
Here's everything we know so far about For All Mankind season 3.
For All Mankind season 3 release date
Apple TV Plus has set the For All Mankind season 3 release date for Friday, June 10.
Season 3 will consist of 10 episodes, which are expected to drop weekly.
The first season premiered with the launch of Apple TV Plus on Nov. 1, 2019. Season 2 debuted on Feb. 19, 2021.
Filming on season 3 started in late February 2021 and wrapped in September 2021.
For All Mankind season 3 trailer
The For All Mankind season 3 trailer introduces a new competitor in the U.S. vs. Soviet race to get to Mars — a private entrepreneur named Dev Ayesa. He's set on getting to the Red Planet ahead of the government space programs. Shades of Elon Musk?
The trailer also provides a glimpse of returning characters aged up and several new faces in Mission Control.
For All Mankind season 3 cast
The big ensemble cast of For All Mankind will experience some changes in season 3.
For one, Michael Dorman and Sarah Jones won't be back, since Gordo and Tracy Stevens sacrificed their lives to save the Moon from nuclear destruction.
The other main cast members are returning, though they will be wearing ageing makeup since their characters will be in their 40s or 50s. That includes Joel Kinnaman as Ed Baldwin, Shantel VanSanten as Karen Baldwin, Jodi Balfour as Ellen Wilson, Wrenn Schmidt as Margo Madison, Krys Marshall as Danielle Poole and Sonya Walger as Molly Cobb.
The younger generation also sticking around includes Coral Peña as Aleida Rosales, Cynthy Wu as Kelly Baldwin and Casey W. Johnson as Danny Stevens. Maybe one of latter two is even the astronaut wearing the boots on the surface of Mars.
New series regular Edi Gathegi joins the cast as Dev Ayesa, a charismatic visionary with his sights set on the stars.
For All Mankind season 3 plot and season 2 finale, explained
The season 2 finale of For All Mankind is one of the best episodes of the year so far. It's an action-packed, high-stakes, gut-punch of a finale that kills off two beloved characters and sets up an entirely new story for season 3.
In the finale, the conflict between the Americans and Russians reaches a crisis point, both on Earth and on the moon. At the Jamestown base, the Marines engage the Russian cosmonauts in a gun fight, which leads to the potential meltdown of a nuclear reactor.
To save everyone on the base and to prevent the moon from becoming uninhabitable for thousands of years, Gordo (Michael Dorman) and Tracy (Sarah Jones) must fix the problem. They cover themselves in duct tape and run into the harsh environment of the lunar surface. They're successful, but lose their lives in the process. They die as heroes, in each other's arms.
Meanwhile, in lunar orbit, Ed (Joel Kinnaman) faces off against Sally (Ellen Wroe) over blasting a Russian spacecraft.
In orbit around Earth on Apollo, Danielle (Krys Marshall) goes against orders and docks with the Soyuz. Her handshake with a cosmonaut is broadcast around the globe and inspires President Reagan to make peace with the Russians.
After the emotional funerals of the Stevenses, Margo (Wrenn Schmidt) receives a call from her Soviet counterpart Sergei. But it turns out he's working with intelligence agents to try to turn Margo into an asset for their side!
Then, the camera swoops over to Mars, where a pair of boots crunches on the red soil. It's 1995.
According to Apple TV Plus, season 3 chronicles a time when "the Red Planet becomes the new front in the Space Race not only for the U.S. and the Soviet Union, but also an unexpected new entrant with a lot to prove and even more at stake."
Characters will "find themselves going head-to-head as their ambitions for Mars come into conflict and their loyalties are tested, creating a pressure cooker that builds to a climactic conclusion."
What's coming next on TV and streaming? So much goodness! This year will bring Stranger Things season 4, Yellowstone season 5, The Umbrella Academy season 3, HBO's The Last of Us adaptation, and the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon.