'After Life' Season 3 on Netflix — confirmed release date, cast, plot and everything you need to know

'Whitstable Pearl' star Kerry Godliman with Ricky Gervais in After Life.
After Life stars Kerry Godliman and Ricky Gervais. (Image credit: Netflix)

After Life Season 3 is heading our way after the success of the previous two seasons. It has since been confirmed that this will be the third and final instalment of the dark comedy series.

Written by and starring comedian Ricky Gervais, After Life follows recently widowed Tony (Gervais) as he navigates life after the tragic death of his wife Lisa (Kerry Godliman). The first season saw him swapping his nice-guy for an impulsive, devil-may-care attitude with little regard for who he hurt in the process.

In Season 2 he was starting to make amends, but soon found himself shaken by another devastating loss in his life, asking for space instead of sympathy from those around him. Season 3 will pick up after the emotional Season 2 finale, and is heading to Netflix soon.

Ricky Gervais has also praised fans of the show for sharing their own experiences of grief via social media, saying that it was "a wonderful club to be part of".

Here's what we know so far...

After Life Season 3 release date

After Life Season 3 will arrive on Netflix on Friday, January 14th, 2022. The previous two seasons are available to watch right now!

What is the plot of After Life Season 3?

According to Netflix, the synopsis for season 3 is: "While Tony is no longer quite so aggressively grouchy about life, he continues to struggle to fill the void left behind by his late wife."

With grief consuming his everyday life, we'll see Tony trying to deal with the loss of not one but two people in season 3, as he leans on those around him as well as his beloved dog Brandy to try and come to terms with what has happened. He's also struggling with his feelings for nurse Emma, as he claims it feels like he's cheating on Lisa.

Who's in the cast?

Photos released by Netflix have confirmed that many fan favourites are returning for Season 3, including Penelope Wilton (Anne) pictured on their now very familiar bench, as well as Joe Wilkinson (Pat), Tim Plester (Julian), Tony Way (Lenny) and Jo Hartley (June). 

Despite her character passing away before the events of After Life, Kerry Godliman will appear in new scenes as Lisa, as flashbacks have played an important part in the overall series.

Is there a trailer?

Yes, a trailer for After Life season 3 has arrived! In it, we see Tony as he decides to take a trip to scatter his dad's ashes following his devastating death in season 2. He's also trying to make amends after treating people badly as a defence mechanism whilst grieving for his late wife Lisa. 

Lucy Buglass
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